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Why does my Dachshund Dig Before Going to Sleep?

Dachshund Puppies in Bed

Dachshunds, like many other dog breeds, have a natural instinct to dig before settling down to sleep. This behaviour can be traced back to their ancestry and serves several purposes:

  1. Temperature Regulation

Sausages have a unique body shape with long bodies and short legs. When they dig, they may be trying to create a more comfortable sleeping spot by either digging to cooler ground in hot weather or digging to warmer ground in colder weather. It allows them to regulate their body temperature to some extent.

  1. Creating a Comfortable Bed

Dogs have a natural desire for a comfortable sleeping spot. By digging and scratching at the ground or bedding, Dachshunds may be trying to shape their sleeping area to their liking. This behaviour is an instinctual way of ensuring they have a cosy and secure place to rest.

Dachshund Going to Sleep
  1. Territorial Instincts

Digging can also be a territorial behaviour. In the wild, dogs may dig to create a den or nest. Your Dachshund may be exhibiting this behaviour as a way of marking their territory or feeling more secure in their sleeping spot.

  1. Hunting Instinct

Dachshunds were originally bred for hunting small game, like badgers and rabbits, which often involved digging into burrows. The digging behaviour could be a remnant of their hunting instincts.

  1. Boredom or Anxiety

Sometimes, excessive digging before sleep can be a sign of boredom or anxiety. If your Dachshund is not mentally or physically stimulated enough during the day, they may resort to digging as a way to release pent-up energy or anxiety.


While digging before sleep is a common behaviour in Dachshunds, it’s essential to ensure they have a comfortable and safe sleeping area. You can provide them with a designated bed or crate filled with soft bedding to satisfy their need for comfort.


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