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  • One of my dogs Beans, has a large personality. He makes sure that he is known to the world, despite his small size. Rudy on the other hand, is shy around people and takes time to warm up. Yet, both have the same habit of hiding under any type of bedding or blankets. I have often kidded that I should have named one of them “Blanket”. Although this sometimes seems odd, it is quite a normal behavioral trait in Chihuahuas and other small breeds. They both will come running when I put a blanket on the sofa and love to burrow themselves in it and hate it when I take it away.

    Just one of Bean’s many positions.

    Chihuahuas are animals that love to be seen but sometimes they avoid that tendency and burrow themselves into blankets. In fact, all dogs have instincts for “denning”, which means it is natural for them to hide, sleep, and relax in small spaces that feel safe. This may be why many (including me) recommend that you crate-train your dog and use your crate when you need to leave your dog alone (if still training your dog or for their safety). There are many different reasons why your dog may burrow under blankets, especially if your dog is a Chihuahua. Beans may burrow under the blankets that sit on the couch for one reason while his Chihua-mix breed companion, Rudy, loves to burrow for another reason. Yet, what exactly are the reasons why they burrow? Chihuahuas are small dogs and they do not have heavy coats, which means they can get cold easily. Yet, there may be other reasons that are a bit more complex for your dog’s burrowing. Dogs are prone to anxiety and small spaces calm that reaction. Anything from loud noises to being left alone too long can trigger anxiety in your dog. Blankets act as a form of security and safety, and anxiety may be only one reason why your dog needs to burrow. Your dog may be fearful, stressed, or have other abnormal issues going on. Finally, your dog may be burrowing because it is just really comfortable, especially if the blankets are near you because dogs love to bond and spend time with their owners. Chihuahuas specifically have this tendency because they are small dogs and they were bred to be loving companions to their owners. It is the Chihuahua nature to react to their surroundings by burrowing. Don’t be alarmed if your dog loves to cuddle up! 

    Rudy like to be covered, usually completely.

    It is essential that you give your dog comfort and safety. Regardless of the breed, it is universal for dogs to desire safety, comfort, and an occasional time to bond with their owner. Yet, it is important to know that environment is everything. You are going to need to watch over your dog and observe their environment and decide what works for them and what does not. Don’t be alarmed if your dog makes burrowing a ritual each night. One may burrow in their blankets and take around five minutes each night finding the right spot but the other dog may only take a few minutes, finding the perfect burrowing spot on a cold afternoon day. You may also find that your dog uses burrowing as a form of digging and hiding. This can equate to similarities of a wild dog because they would hide their food or even themselves at times. Yet, you definitely are not going to want your dog digging in your yard or making a mess while they burrow. Most dogs that do this have high energy levels and exercise will be extremely important. Take your dog out for daily walks or to the park to play whenever you can. You can also train your dog in basic obedience commands to help with any unwanted behaviors that are occurring. 

    Your dog is a beautiful canine who loves the world they live in. Yet, sometimes they have the tendency to burrow in the blankets that are on our beds and couches. It makes our dogs feel better. It brings safety, comfort, and satisfaction into their life’s. As owners, it is important that we take care of our dogs and help them in any way that we can, even if it means letting them “burrow” in our blankets.

    This post was submitted by Kimberly’s Pet Care.

    I provide personalized professional dog boarding, pet sitting and dog walking services to my clients and their pets in Waterford Lakes, Avalon Park, Stoneybrook, Eastwood, Avalon Lakes, Timber Springs, Spring Isle, Cypress Springs, Andover, Cypress Lakes and other communities in East Orlando. Call 321-428-0281 today to schedule a free consultation.