Why Do Dogs Scratch Their Beds?

A dog scratches his bed for various reasons.

But as a dog owner, it’s essential to know those reasons and the meaning behind it.

In this article, we answer the question, “Why do dogs scratch their beds?” and provide helpful tips on stopping them from doing it.

Keep reading to learn more!

Why Do Dogs Scratch Their Beds? – The Reasons

To Mark Territory

Dogs are territorial animals, and one way they often express this is by scratching their bed or other objects in their territory.

That is usually done to mark the space as safe and theirs.

If your dog is scratching his bed excessively, one way to curb this behavior is to provide him with plenty of designated scratching areas (like a scratching post, for example).

You can also reinforce positive behavior by praising your dog when he scratches an approved spot instead of his bed.

Due To Curiosity

Dogs are naturally curious animals, and sometimes they scratch their bed simply out of boredom or curiosity.

This type of scratching is usually sporadic and doesn’t happen very often.

If you think your dog is scratching his bed due to curiosity, one way to solve the problem is by providing him with plenty of toys and activities to keep him entertained.

You can also try leaving the TV or radio on while you’re away to keep him company.

Natural Instinct

Bed-scratching is an instinct.

To make a cozy bed, your dog’s wild ancestors scratched at heaps of leaves, dirt, and pine needles.

Digging and circling moved sticks, rocks, and grass into comfier or more consistent locations in the wild dog world.

Related: Why Do Dogs Like Sticks?

The nest provided defense against predators as well.

Changing the objects in their immediate environment could help them hide their position and feel less exposed.

Dogs could find refuge from inclement weather and extreme temperatures by burrowing under leaves and dirt to create a warmer or colder environment.

Because many domesticated dogs still exhibit burrowing behavior, your dog might construct a fort out of his blankets.

Because They Have Anxiety

Dogs can become anxious when something in their environment changes, and this can sometimes manifest itself as destructive behavior like excessive bed scratching.

If you think your dog is anxious, the best way to solve the problem is to try and identify what is causing it and work on reducing his stress levels.

That may involve spending quality time with your dog, ensuring he gets plenty of exercises, and providing him with a safe space in which he feels comfortable.

When They Feel Hot Or Cold

Sometimes dogs scratch dog beds when they feel too hot or too cold.

To help reduce this type of scratching behavior, ensure your dog has a comfortable and breathable bedding material.

You should also consider getting a cooling or heating pad that your dog can lay on to keep him comfortable.

To Make It More Comfortable

Dogs are instinctively driven to make their beds as comfortable as possible, so it’s not uncommon for them to scratch a dog bed to fluff them up and make them cozier.

If your dog does this, you can help by providing him with a soft blanket or padding under his bedding material.

That will give him something extra to snuggle up to when he wants extra comfort.

There are many reasons dogs might scratch their beds, and it’s essential to understand what is causing the behavior to find a solution.

Ways To Stop Your Dog From Scratching Beds

Dogs are notorious for scratching their beds.

It’s a common problem, but there are things you can do to provide your dog from scratching its beds.

Trim Your Dog’s Nails

One of the simplest ways to prevent your dog from scratching its bed is to trim its nails.

If they don’t have sharp nails, they won’t be able to score as quickly.

Give Them Other Ways To Play

Dogs need plenty of exercise and playtime, so give them other toys and activities to keep them occupied.

That will help take the edge off and reduce the temptation to scratch their bed.

Calm Your Anxious Dog

Some dogs may start scratching a dog bed because they’re anxious or stressed out.

If this is the case, try calming methods like aromatherapy or massage therapy.

Invest In A More Durable Bed

If your dog is a chronic scratcher, it might be time to invest in a more durable bed.

There are many options available that are resistant to scratches and bites.

By trying some of these solutions, you can help protect your dog’s bed from getting scratched.

Taking a few extra steps can save you money in the long run!

You can stop your pup from scratching its bed for good with patience and effort.

Dogs dig their beds for a variety of reasons.

This blog post looked at the different reasons why our furry friends might cross their beds and how you can help them stop scratching.

If your dog scratches his bed, take him to the vet to rule out any potential health problems.

Until then, try some of the tips we suggested to help your furry friend find relief from that pesky itch! 

Before You Go…

Now you know the answer to the question, “Why do dogs scratch their beds?”.

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Mena Emad, DVM
Mena has a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine. His expertise, passion for animal welfare, extensive knowledge, and experience in the field of veterinary medicine make him an excellent resource for our readers.