Many animals, especially dogs and cats, love to burrow. When our dog or cat burrows in a pet bed or under our sheets, they are acting on their natural instincts to seek out safe enclosed spaces.
If your furry friend is a burrower, they'll need a dog, cat bed, or another den-like environment that suits their need to feel safe, warm, and secure.
Let's take a look at what burrowing behavior is all about as well as what features to look for in a burrow dog bed.
Why do dogs and cats burrow?
Dogs burrow for more than just safety and warmth. Small dogs, for example, do it as a hunting behavior. Breeds like rat terriers, dachshunds, and others that were bred to hunt small rodents are burrowing naturals.
Cats burrow for the same reasons dogs do. It's not only a safe and warm spot for them to snuggle up in, but a great hiding place for stalking prey.
So, next time you find your dog and cat cuddled up in that basket of laundry you just removed from the dryer, you know why they love it so much! It's their own DIY warming cave bed.
Burrowing for safety
Burrowing behavior can also indicate anxiety. Does your dog enjoy spending time in his kennel? Pets who tend to seek refuge in a crate or spend time there when stressed are soothed by being safely inside their cozy cave.
If you have an anxious dog or cat, it's important that you provide a designated "safe space" for them in your home. This space is their own little cuddle corner away from stressors. You can put a calming dog bed in their crate along with a DAP diffuser that diffuses calming pheromones. This space will be their go-to spot when fear hits whether it's from houseguests, thunder storms, or fireworks.
Pet products & dog beds for burrowing
If your snoozer is going to be burrowing in their bed on the daily, you're going to want one that's specifically for burrowing AND is washable. The Best Friends by Sheri Cozy Cuddler dog bed with blanket attachment is specifically designed for burrow-loving pets.
The Cozy Cuddler burrow dog bed comes with an attached blanket lined with ultra-soft faux fur. The blanket hood provides breathable warmth and creates a sense of security for better sleep, promoting better health and behavior. Surrounded by cushioned walls, your dog or cat will also have extra head and neck support and can settle deep in the snug crevices. The entire bed is machine washable so it's safe to put in the washer.
Large dogs, small dogs, and cats that like to burrow can also benefit from our original calming dog bed as well. Pets that love to cuddle LOVE these donut beds. Cozy, flexible and finished with vegan shag fur, our self-warming soothing plush dog bed is reminiscent of a mother’s fur coat. The deep crevices allow your pet to burrow to get a cozy and restful sleep, and orthopedic memory foam is easy on achy joints.
These high-quality beds are machine washable too. The larger sizes come with a removable cover that's easy peasy to clean. The washable covers come in multiple colors so you can change up the look.
Deep dish burrowing
The Deep Dish Cuddler is another A+ burrow dog bed. The walls on this cave dog bed are higher, providing a more surround, secure-feeling space for your pet. It also has enough durability to withstand multiple machine wash sessions. It includes orthopedic foam and is lined with soft sherpa faux fur, providing ultimate comfort for a good snooze.
Get a pet bed designed for burrowing
There are so many orthopedic dog beds, suede beds, and reversible pet beds, and more to choose from. Instead of getting any old bed, look for a pet bed that is designed to meet your pet's specific needs with features tailored to their natural behaviors. They will thank you in the long run.