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Saturday, July 13, 2019

WHY DO DOG's CIRCLE AND CURLS TAIL BEFORE LYING DOWN?



Circling the BED is a commonly observed behaviour in ALL BREED DOGS that we should have expected that there would be a reasonable amount of scientific literature which explains this behaviour:

DOG CIRCLE AND CURLS TAIL BEFORE LYING DOWN
(DOG CIRCLE AND CURLS TAIL BEFORE LYING DOWN)






  • Before lying down, DOGs often circle their beds or wherever they've chosen to settle in for a snooze. This curious DOG behaviour takes us back to prehistoric times where DOGs literally had to make their own beds in the wild.



  • Although humans have adapted to domestic DOG to make living can easily be housetrained, yet they still retained some of the wild DOG/wolf ancestor’s survival instincts commonly called as genetic predisposition. This behaviour was deep feezed into the DOG's ancestors as a way to build a safe nest.



  • DOG beds and pillows haven't always been around, so wild DOGs used to pat down tall grass and underbrush to make a comfortable bed for themselves and their pups for comfort. The easiest way to prepare that night's sleeping area was by walking around in a circle and clearing for any threats before a nap.



  • The rounding ritual may also have served as a safety precaution as priority to check anything in the grass. In the wild, the circling round and round with sniffing would flatten grasses or snow and would drive out any snakes or large insects, the DOG is doing this for security. In essence the DOG is checking out the surrounding area to making ensure there are no threats before settling down.



  • Another argument is that this circling behaviour is ensured to chase away any possible pests that might be hanging around, or perhaps to uncover any random stones or prickly branches that might make this sleeping area uncomfortable. Maybe a DOG walking in circles is just getting his exercise for the day





  • Perhaps the most sensible reason is that DOGs are in effect of creating a little nest for themselves and puppies by crushing down grass or brush in the area before they settle in for a nap. If a female is feeling too uncomfortable then she might KILL HER PUPPY.






  • It is just like picking up a call and say “HELLO” where our children learn from us and while hanging up the call ending with “GOOD BYE”, we don’t teach them but they observer’s the behaviour of the parent’s.



  • Same happen with the DOG and their ancestor’s behaviour in which other than those cases where excessive and prolonged circling shows up as a symptom of OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER in a small number of DOG’s behaviour (not all).



When your DOG is Circling take care that:

  • Restlessness can be a sign of discomfort or even pain. If your DOG is repeatedly circling and DIGGING but can’t seem to get more comfortable, then may be a health problem, such as arthritis, neurological problems or HOT-SPOT UNDER BODY or any ANAL INFECTION.


  • You should observe your pet to see if anything is bothering while getting up and settling down. If she’s restless, take her to the vet to rule out pain and get a proper diagnosis.







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