Why Does My Dog Sleep Under The Covers?

Do you have bumps in your bed?

I do.

Two of them, to be exact.  

They seem to disappear during the day, but every night when I jump into my bed they’re there again. That’s because my two dogs — Diego and Gigi — like to burrow underneath the covers for a comfy nights sleep, creating two little bumps in my bed!

Does your dog sleep under the covers?

When we catch our dogs slumbering under blankets like any other human member of the family, it often leaves us wondering “Why?” 

The Theories

Many experts say dogs burrowing under the blankets or bed comforter is yet another instinctual behavior that derives from their wild ancestors. You see, sleeping under the covers provides your dog a warm, safe, and secure environment, much like a den would in the wild.

It’s also said the pressure from the sheets helps your pooch to feel surrounded and even swaddled. 

Plus, you may have heard that dogs are pack animals. If you think about how our dogs’ wild ancestors slept huddled together in a pack, you can understand why snoozing under the tight covers firmly pressed against you (their domestic pack leader) would provide an extra dose of security.

It’s Not Just A Small Dog Thing

While small dogs, like Terriers, Hounds, and Chihuahuas, are more prone to the behavior, large dogs are known to burrow as well. Just look at Huskies, for example! Huskies, who were bred to live and work in frigid temperatures, learned to burrow under the snow as a way to keep warm. Today, many Huskies still burrow — trading in the snow for a cozy blanket.

Can My Dog Suffocate Under The Blankets?

Some people worry that their dog will suffocate under the blankets, but you can breathe a sign of relief. Experts say it’s highly unlikely! Of course, you should always make sure the covers are not really tight around them and they have a way to get out.