How Dogs Choose Where They Sleep

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“Let sleeping dogs lie,” says the famous adage, and those are surely words of wisdom when dogs hit the pillow. As in all living creatures, sleeping is important in dogs, and while dogs don’t have tight work schedules as people do, they still benefit from getting
all the sleep they can get. Along with quantity of sleep, the quality of sleep is also something that’s important.

One of the most important things to understand about how dogs pick a place to sleep is that they go through the world nose first. Dogs don’t see colors as vibrantly as we do, but their sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than ours, according to one study. They often “look” for a resting spot that smells like their owner (or other members of their “pack”). It was a prime sensory experience.Dog Fact 1

Pets also seem to have their favorite resting spots. Once they find a sleep spot, dogs like to prepare their bed. You may notice that dogs sometimes scratch the surface of your couch before taking a nap on it. This adorable bedding-down ritual is another behavior that dates back centuries. Wild dogs scratched away hotter topsoil or wet ground cover to get at the cooler and drier ground beneath. It’s how they get comfortable.

Dogs also have sleep positions, just like their humans. For instance, there is a commonly-known dog posture called “super pup” that comes up in a lot of books and articles. It allows for maximum heat transfer between a dog and the cool ground.


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Some people may frown upon people who share their beds with their pooches, but for those who do sleep with their furry friends, here’s a great incentive to keep doing that. According to a survey conducted by the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, pet owners who sleep with their dogs and cats may actually be getting better ZZZs. Despite what sleep experts have said for years, it was found that only 20 percent of owners found their pets to be disruptive; whereas, 41 percent felt that their pets were unobtrusive and even beneficial for their sleep. Perhaps it’s time for doctors dealing with sleep disorders to consider having more people share their sleep environment with a furry friend.

The  Casper dog mattress caters to what canines look for most in a sleep spot: a sense of enclosure, the ability to scratch and dig in, and a comfortable bottom layer that allows them to sleep naturally cool. It’s a doggy's dream.

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