Last week, I wrote about how cats seem to know to use their litter boxes. I figured it’s only right to give equal time to dogs.
Of course, dogs don’t use litter boxes (at least none that I know of), but they do have their own instinctual habits. Think about whenever a dog lays down. Ever notice what the pooch does before settling in? Most of the time, the dog will turn around several times before sitting down with a big sigh. What’s going on here?
Before I began researching, I assumed the dog’s instinct to turn around was a kind of defense mechanism against predators. After all, dogs used to live out in the wild, fighting for survival against much more dangerous creatures. It would make sense that dogs wanted to take one last 360 degree look around to make sure there weren’t any enemies lurking about.
How wrong I was. According to ThePuppyPlace.org, the act is a way for dogs to find the coolest part of the ground. “Dogs are often found digging into cool soil to escape hot weather; by digging and then turning several times they can direct their bodies into the curled posture that will best take advantage of the depression’s coolness.” They’re not worried about predators, they just want to be comfy.
Dogs may seem crazy, but everything they do, they do for a reason (even sniffing each other’s backsides).
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