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Why dogs turn in circles before lying down

May 18, 2021

Why dogs turn in circles before lying down

That pre-sleep circle work seems almost compulsory for dogs and even some cats. And now we finally know why they do it...and nudge you off the bed in the process!

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 there it is. That adorable circling is used by the furry family to essentially make their own bed. Its 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 seemingly not worth breaking. Especially when it clears even more room on your mattress!