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Why does my dog dig on my bed?
Your dog’s curiosity could be causing him or her to spend hours burrowing in your bed, according to a news report. The problem is especially common in cats.
Digging is a kind of restlessness for some animals, so if you see a dog or cat acting in a way you don’t understand, take a few moments to explore the issue. Is it boredom or curiosity? Maybe it’s your bed that’s the attraction? Or is it something else?
Cats are especially prone to dig, Dr. Emily Lutz, D.V.M., a cat behavior consultant, tells WebMD. “Cats dig in order to make themselves comfortable or to get at something under their bed or under a blanket.” The cat may have been bored, exploring the bed, then getting something stuck in the carpet.
“We think that the reason for the digging is boredom,” says Lutz. The cat’s need for play, exploration and curiosity are all in conflict with what is happening when you walk into the room, she explains. When you step into a room, you create a situation where you and the cat don’t really belong, she says.
If your cat is a kitten, Lutz suggests leaving a few toys where your cat can play with them, including in your bed.
But what to do if the cat has an issue you can’t fix? “Your cat might be able to tolerate a lot of things,” she says. “If you try to solve it, then the solution will create another problem. But if you just let the behavior go, maybe she’ll lose interest in the bed or find a more engaging place.”
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According to an expert, dogs are likely to keep finding things to get into that make their bed unpleasant. “This behavior tends to be most common when they have a nice comfy blanket or pillow on their bed. They get over excited when they find these things and jump on them, thereby moving them.”
“This seems to cause the owner to move the pillow or blanket to another location to reduce this behavior,” says Lutz. “Once this is moved to another location, the dog then starts to look for the original location.”
It is important to remember that any time you move a pillow or blanket, your dog will jump on it first, notes an expert. If you move it, he may start looking for the original location.
“To counter the problem, you can get a special bed that resists being pushed over,” says Lutz. “It has a base to create a barrier on the floor to keep the dog from jumping. Also, the dog can learn not to jump on these.”
This same behavior is also common among birds. “A common problem with birds is that they are attracted to the clean, shiny and fluffy softness of your pillow or bed,” says a professor. “Some birds will even take it and leave droppings, or worse, in it.”
“Try to put your pillow or bed on a shelf or table so your bird cannot get to it,” adds the expert. “Your bird may be less interested in your bed if it has to search for it.”
“Cats are known to go where they want to be,” says the expert. “As such, they will be more interested in your pillow or bed than your other cats.”
“A better solution is to put a cover over the bed so the cat doesn’t have to climb on it,” says the expert.
Couches are designed to sit on top of a sofa, in the living room, or in a bedroom. If your dog doesn’t understand when to leave it alone, it may jump on the couch and chew on the fabric.
“Couches are usually big enough that the dog can’t get into it easily, but the fabric is thick enough that the dog won’t tear it up,” says the expert. “If you are worried about your dog chewing on your sofa or armchair, put blankets and pillows between it and the furniture.”
The boats in which you travel can be tempting for your pet to jump on. In the boat, the dog is in a dark, hot and possibly smelly space. The boat may be in open air on the water.
“If the dog is small, it could easily fall into the water or become trapped in the engine area and sink,” says the expert.
The best option is to cover your boat and tie off the dog. This may take time to do for long distances.
“Even if your dog isn’t into water, the cold can be a trigger for them to swim,” says the expert. “Put him in a warm bath to see if he has problems.”
Pets of all kinds love playing with toys. They can be useful to get them out of a rut, but a toy that’s too small for them to reach the stuffing will cause frustration and lead to chewing on the edges.
“There are two simple solutions for dogs that don’t understand when they are allowed to play with toys,” says the expert. “First, put all the toys away after playtime and make sure they have plenty of time to explore before they are allowed to play. Second, if the dog is not allowed to play with the toys, put them in the freezer and leave them there until you need them again.”
For some dogs, it’s difficult to resist the temptation of a toy, so the experts recommend keeping an eye on your pet at all times.
“Sometimes they are just so excited that they find it hard to control themselves,” says the expert.
Pets are very much like people in that they sometimes look to foods to help them relax. Many of the food items available are high in calories and fat.
“Pet parents need to make sure that their pets are getting enough nutrition, but you need to keep it in check,” says the expert.
“If they have become overweight or underweight, make sure that they have the appropriate weight by measuring them. If you notice your pet eating from a high-calorie food and nothing else for the rest of the day, they will be eating for comfort, not nutrition, and this needs to be addressed.”
The first toy that owners should give their pets is a good quality chew toy.
“A dog that has toys they love will play with them longer, stay mentally and physically stimulated, have a stronger memory and will get less bored,” says the expert.
“Many owners forget to give their pet’s toys to them when they are in the car and on a plane. You can also purchase toys that your pet can use in the house, as well as in the garden and out in the garden.”
If your pet’s life is not stressful, he or she will be able to cope better with the change in water conditions.