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I wanted to get other, more experienced owners' opinions as to why my guy digs at his bed. I don't see it as unusual, I knew that greys were known to dig at their beds, but I can't help wonder if James digs at his bed because he thinks it's uncomfortable. The only reason I'm asking is because James sleeps in our room on a flat, rectangular orthopedic dog bed from Costco (so digging will in no way re-shape the bed), and he digs all through the night, which wakes us up and makes for rather groggy mornings. I'm wondering if getting him a different bed, perhaps one with more volume, would make him more comfortable and, therefore, less likely to dig. Has anyone else tried switching beds and had success?

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He's nesting :) I usually toss a few old quilts on top of their beds for that. You might want to try jammies. The colder it is the more Sunshine will nest in the middle of the night vs just sleeping. Whenever she starts digging at 3am I just get up pick up an extra blankie, wait for her to lay down, and cover her up. :) I'm very trainable

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He might prefer a softer, fluffier bed. You could try the suggestion of old comforters, or get a softer bed. I believe Costco usually has those, too, for a very reasonable price. Or get a bed from Elaine. Elainespetpillows.com--and she is probably not far from you. I still have two beds we got from her in 2001, when we got our first greyhound. I have replaced the covers, but the "innards" are still good.

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Yup - he's probably chilly and trying to fluff the bed so he can nest into it. We have one bed like you describe and Rocket almost never uses it because it's solid and he can't nest in it. The other beds that are soft and moveable are the ones he moves and re-shapes a dozen or more times a day to get them the way he wants.

 

Once it starts getting chilly at nght, we either cover him with a blanket or put a light coat or pajamas on him depending on how cold it is. A light housecoat is often enough until Winter really kicks in, then we switch to heavier pajamas. When he's wearing those, he sleeps straight through the night without getting up.

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:ghplaybow Cinnibuns has 4 beds and they are all "nestable". She can spend 5 to 10 minutes digging and turning it over and around and up and down until she finds the PERFECT spot to lay. Sam's Club had a nice sale not too long ago and I got her a nice Serta bed - but IT IS NOT "nestable". I tried it out for one day and it was not to her liking. It was not as big as her other beds. She got on it, roached out and when she rolled over......she fell off.. You should have seen the look on her face, What a hoot. She jumped up and looked around like, "what the hell just happened"? She didn't get on the bed after that so it now belongs to my grandaughter who thinks it's just way too cool.
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Hmm, interesting. We have blankets on the bed so that he can nest in those, and we were actually covering him with another blanket before we laid down. But, in the morning, the blankets are off the bed, so we assumed he got too hot during the night and was digging to get the blankets off the bed, which led us to stop covering him up at night at all.

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Regardless of the temperature, Angie will nest. The worst is after she has the zoomies. She's had expensive, fluffy beds and destroyed them. Now she has two cheap beds and DS's old comforter, all are very nestable. She tosses them around like crazy and no tears.

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Ours will nest anything. She has a flat foam mat in her crate that she'll bunch up and fold over. We tossed an old comforter in there to make it a more "nestable" environment. Upstairs she has a dog bed/dog pillow and a few blankets to nest in, some mornings they're all stacked together, others they are strewn about the room. She's a funny houndie.

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Dogs at the track used to sleep on shredded paper. Some tracks still use it. Greyhounds would "fluff up" their paper beds by nesting. All breeds may do this, I don't know but during my times at the track I loved watching the dogs fluff up their paper beds. I have some nesters that I actually have to tell them to stop because they will tear up their beds.

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sometimes my girls get a wild hair and will next like there is no tomorrow. So I went to a couple of the local thrift stores and bought a couple of cheap comforters and have them on top of the dog beds..life is good for them :lol

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Dogs at the track used to sleep on shredded paper. Some tracks still use it. Greyhounds would "fluff up" their paper beds by nesting. All breeds may do this, I don't know but during my times at the track I loved watching the dogs fluff up their paper beds. I have some nesters that I actually have to tell them to stop because they will tear up their beds.

That is very interesting, I never thought about it like that! Doolin is my nester, Minerva rarely does and I know she had carpet at the track (I don't know if Doolin did or not)

But I noticed that when I put blankets on the beds and couch, it seems to encourage him to nest. He doesn't really do it when there are no blankets.

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I don't know if it is tied to temperature or comfort or anything else, because both of our dogs are nesters. You can always tell where Allie (the nongrey) has been lying down because of these "rays" in a circle pattern (think of a child's sun picture) on the carpet. She doesn't nest when she's in the dog beds, but Monty will only nest on his bed and not the floor. I believe that he learned this from the puppy we were babysitting, Spud, because he did it all the time on Monty's bed and now Monty does it. Darn you Spud.

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Boo will nest things that aren't even nestable. Like our couch and the outdoor couch. He just digs and digs and then gives up. Our bed and his bed (with a couple comforters) are different stories. It's so cute!

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This is perfectly normal DOG behavior. I don't think it has anything to do with the track etc. You have a nester. As so I. It doesn't matter what his bed is like or how many things he's given to choose from. It's just some sort of instinct thing, and he does it a lot.

 

Victoria Peak makes an awesome bed with a very heavy duty denim cover that thusfar has held up beautifully to the nesting.


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