General Question

wodowd's avatar

Why do dogs spin in circles before sitting/ lying down?

Asked by wodowd (147points) February 18th, 2008
Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

5 Answers

Zaku's avatar

Cats often do too. Perhaps it’s more comfortable – i.e. so their fur doesn’t get messed up or pushed into their skin when they sit on it. Maybe so they can find the orientation they like best. Maybe to have a look around so they are oriented to their surroundings from the spot they’re about to stop in, so they can imagine what they’re hearing, remember where they can run at a moment’s notice, etc.?

gooch's avatar

I think they are matting down the nesting area.

segdeha's avatar

My guess is that it’s because they are about to put themselves in a vulnerable position, so they’re scouting the area to make sure they’re safe. I mean, not really, but sort of as a left over instinct.

Cardinal's avatar

I read the circling is from when they were all wild(er) and walked around in circles to mat down the grass to make a nest.

doxie_chick's avatar

i think they are trying to get comfortable and this is usually associated with a particular smell. this is often why dogs circle before they pee or pace back and forth. they are trying to find the smell that lets them know where to go

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther