Table of Contents
- Why do dogs lick their beds?
- Reasons why dogs lick their beds?
- Why should you stop them from licking?
- How to stop your dog from licking their bed?
Why do dogs lick their beds? Dogs lick their beds for many reasons. One reason is to make their bed more comfortable. Dogs like to feel the soft material on their tongue and the bed becomes more appealing when they do this.
Another reason is to show affection. Dogs will lick their beds in order to get your scent on them. This also works with blankets, pillows, and clothing too!
A third reason is that it’s just a habit that has stuck with them since puppyhood.
Dogs are very clean animals and licking the bed helps them stay cleaner than if they just lay around in their own mess all day.
Here, are some reasons why dogs lick their beds and how you can stop them from doing so.
Why do dogs lick their beds?
Dogs lick their beds because it’s something that they enjoy. Some dogs prefer sleeping on beds because they think they’re cleaner than just lying on the floor or their bed.
If you have an area rug, bedspread, or duvet, this is usually where your dog will lie to be extra clean. While dogs are sometimes not very clean animals, they are still quite capable of cleaning themselves if they want to.
Some dogs might also lick their bed because they’re either very happy, in a playful mood, or bored. This is probably their way of unwinding.
You may also notice your dog has the same bedtime routine every night so they are comfortable in the bed with you.
This is likely something that started as a way for them to spend time together and relax while you’re out.
Reasons why dogs lick their beds?
Dogs are clean animals and that is one of the reasons why they will lick their bed, to make it cleaner and smell nice. This is just a little fact about dogs that most people don’t realize.
They love to play and to go outside, and they sometimes get all muddy or dirty from playing outside, and then, they come home and let themselves in the house and do their business in the backyard.
But when they come into the house, they still want to clean up properly so they will lick their bed in order to clean themselves up.
This is also why they are so much cleaner than cats! A lot of cats don’t even do their own business and they will just hop on the bed to sleep.
This is also why most dogs have a dryer in their house!
Pet dogs lick their beds because they like the soft material on the tongue.
Why should you stop them from licking?
It can lead to mildew and mold on the bed. These can be uncomfortable and have health consequences for your dog.
Dogs have a weak immune system and if they don’t have this daily act of affection, their immune systems can get weak and this can lead to illness.
It also isn’t great for the environment and the vinyl or fabric in the bed isn’t as durable as it could be. This is because dogs have licked all the good stuff off the bed.
If your dog licks his bed regularly you can stop him from doing this by making sure he is groomed and having too much dirt in his mouth.
If your dog is older than 6 months old, you should think about getting him neutered.
He can’t help his licking habits but he can help make sure his bed doesn’t become disgusting with dirt.
How to stop your dog from licking their bed?
Many dog owners don’t know the most simple way to get rid of their dog’s habit of licking their bed.
Most people will keep a dog for only a little while so they don’t like to make a lot of changes, especially if it’s something they’ve been doing for such a long time.
The simplest way to stop your dog from licking their bed is to start when they’re young. This way it will just seem like an extra bit of attention for them.
It’s not a big deal to simply lay a piece of their own bedding down in their bed. This way you’ll be helping your dog.
However, if you’re like me and can’t just walk away and let it be, here are a few other things you can try.
Spread a little bit of something with you into their bed. It can be a little biscuit, a little bacon, or even just a little bit of poo.
In conclusion, it is clear that dogs do many, many things, and that most of the time, they do so instinctively and well.
One of the greatest compliments I’ve received is that I’ve “learned how to train dogs well” because of how well I’ve taken care of my own dog.