Finally we know for sure why pets turn in circles before lying down
Jul 05, 2019
Pets aren’t known for being superstitious so it’s always seemed strange that dogs (and some cats) turn in circles before lying down to rest. Now we know why...
Theories that pets either instinctively used the circle work to scan the horizon for predators or scare away rats and other vermin in their bedding didn’t quite wash with animal psychologist Professor Stanley Coren. So he investigated. And soon found that an uneven bedding surface tripled the likelihood of the pre-sleep spin.
So here it is. That adorable circling is used by the furry family to essentially make their own bed. It’s goal back when their ancestors lived a wilder life would have been to flatten any bumps or long grass to form a makeshift mattress. But now, even on your bed, it’s a habit that’s not worth breaking...
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