6. Walking In Circles
Another primitive behavior, walking in circles before lying down is a natural instinct dogs have retained from their ancestors. Livescience notes that “wild dogs had to pat down tall grass and underbrush to make a comfortable bed.”. It’s also thought to be a form of marking one’s territory with a scent and visible evidence of a dog’s presence. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with your dog circling their favorite spot before settling down. If they are doing it outside of when they are about to lie down and it is affecting their normal everyday life, it’s time to see a vet. Otherwise, just let sleeping dogs lie.