Does your dog love to bury himself under your covers to sleep? Many dogs do. It is fun to think about why they might do this seemingly very human thing. Have you ever asked yourself “why does my dog like to sleep under the covers?”
Animals depend on the concept of resources. Resources are things like food, water, and shelter. Your bed represents a shelter or den to your dog. Since the bed is a place where he regularly goes, it is marked with his scent and it is part of his routine. He instinctively crawls into his den as a happy and safe zone. Under the covers may feel like the inner sanctum of his den to him- the safest of the safe.
When your dog is tucked away under the sheets, she feels surrounded. She feels even swaddled. And, firm pressure has been suggested to improve brain chemistry for anxious dogs.
So, Why Does My Dog Like To Sleep Under The Covers?
Certain breeds of dogs will even seem to prefer to burrow for entertainment. Think of the terrier-type dog and the Dachshund. Their long body was originally an advantage for climbing in tight burrows. The pressure of the sheets snug around your dog probably makes her brain release happy chemicals. They give her a sense of security, well-being, and maybe even fun.
Your presence also gives your dog that feeling of support. He craves as an animal evolved to function in a pack or family unit. He knows that you feel safe enough to retreat there. You have marked the area as a safe zone, and you spend a good portion of your time there. As members of a pack, you share responsibility for raising an alarm and protecting each other. Being near you when you sleep is very natural to your dog.
Pack animals, like dogs, know that their choice of sleeping quarters can be a matter of life or death. Their den is one of their most valuable resources. The snugness of the sheets can also promote feelings of safety and refuge.