Why Do Dachshunds Like To Sleep Under Blankets?


Why do dachshunds like to sleep under blankets? It is a dog’s natural instinct to burrow and sleep in a cozy warm place. However, for Dachshunds, the reason behind this behavior is that they were bred for hunting. 

Why Do Dachshunds Like To Sleep Under Blankets?
A Lovely Dachshund

Dachshunds were kept to trail tunneling animals like rabbits, foxes, and badgers (they were exclusively bred to hunt badgers – Badger Dog). 

Since they have been peerless in digging for a long time, comprehensively, some of the traits remained after little wiener dogs got a solid spot in households. 

So anytime you see a Dachshund snoozing in a bed sheet or prepping up a pillow, don’t be surprised. They were meant to do so.

Why Do Dachshunds Like To Sleep Under Blankets? 

Dachshunds love burrowing into blankets because it’s in their genes. 

Funny dachshund in blue pajamas just woke up
Funny dachshund in blue pajamas just woke up

Their Natural Instinct To Dig

We all know that dogs like to sleep in a nice nest for themselves at night that makes them feel safe and secure. So do Dachshunds. This nest like this in dark spaces makes them sleep better. 

So they love the sweaters that you left on the sofa or the blankets you threw on the ground because that is where they can doze away comfortably.

Dachshunds’ ways to prepare for a nap spot can be very human-like. They circle, dig up the blankets, snug in, and then hit the sack. This way of behaving can be something they pick up from humans after a long time living together. 

Overflowing Energy 

Excessive energy is another contributing reason why Dachshunds like to burrow under blankets. If your Dachshund’s burrowing tends to be on the aggressive side, it might be because they are overactive and have no productive outlet, especially for Dachshund puppies. 

In lockdowns, when their chance of socializing with other dogs is fairly rare, digging up blankets or sprinting around is just a way to free themselves from frustrations. 

Further reading:
Why Do Dachshunds Stink? Tips for Avoiding Bad Odor
Is Running Bad for Dachshunds? How to Exercise Them Properly

Dachshunds Love To Sleep With You

Dachshunds or dogs, in general, have a strong sense of smell. So burying themselves in blankets might mean that they are obsessed with your presence. That’s so sweet!

Dachshunds love humans
Dachshunds love humans

That also explains why dachshunds love to burrow under our duvets and covers next to us every single night. They just want to be a part of our lives. 

Even though sometimes we feel annoyed about our Dachshunds being so clingy, we are still lucky to receive such heart-touching love and attention at the end of the day. 

Is It Safe For Dachshunds To Sleep Under The Covers? 

Since denning is an instinct of Dachshunds, it is normal and safe for them to sleep under the covers. Don’t worry that they might be suffocated. They are fine on their own.

Dachshunds like to burrow in blankets Why Do Dachshunds Like To Sleep Under Blankets?
Dachshunds like to burrow in blankets

Dachshunds will pop their heads out if they’re short of air and will flick the cover off if it gets too hot. Interestingly enough, Dachshunds have large lungs for their size, so you don’t have to be too cautious. You can always get them a light weighted blanket or tunnel dog beds to prevent them from drowning under heavy sheets. 

Some people wait for their Dachshund to fall asleep, then uncover the dog’s nose to make sure they can breathe properly. 

Dachshunds are extremely dedicated and earnest when it comes to something they’re passionate about. So watching this slim and serpentine dog make their “bed” is going to be hilarious as they usually take way too much time. 

Dachshund Bath
Dachshund on the bed

Nevertheless, owners and their family members should watch out for accidents that result from this habit. Always check under your cushions and blankets before throwing yourself on the sofa and bed, as you might crush these lop-eared creatures.

Is Sleeping Under The Covers A Bad Sign For Your Dachshund? 

Sleeping under sheets is a universal thing for all dogs. But at times, it can carry some issues. Your Dachshund can be suffering from boredom or worse, separation anxiety. 

If they shake and act out of their mind when you’re gone, you should take them to the vet to have an overall check-up to ensure there’s nothing serious.

What To Do When Your Dachshunds Like To Burrow Under Blankets? 

Some owners are fine with their Dachshunds digging up the bedding, and some just want them to stop. So depending on how your dog behaves, we will have different ways to tackle this problem. 

If they’re very calm and tamed when doing it, it is completely normal to let them do their things. But if they get aggressive you can always stop it with some effort.

Canine behaviorists suggest the process of correction, redirection, and reinforcement. 

Because digging is rather a harmless behavior, owners are encouraged to use verbal correction only. Whenever they start messing, you come to them and say, “No! You don’t do that” – that’s the correction. 

Then you redirect them to do some other positive things like sit or roll. And when they listen and do what you say, you reinforce the experience with treats or a head rubbing. 

Fixing a habit requires a lot of time, and you have to be devoted to the process. The implementation needs effort and discipline for your dog to be fully trained.  

Another way to solve the problem is to provide them with sufficient exercise and mental stimulation (like toys). Besides, you want to give them enough attention which makes them feel comfortable and loved. This method will ensure they don’t have any inappropriate behavior and guarantee that your Dachshunds sleep all year round. 

Final Thoughts

So, why do dachshunds like to sleep under blankets?

Now you know it is a natural instinct of Dachshunds that they love to sleep under the covers. You don’t want to disturb them having a good time. Sometimes, it’s a loving sign of your pet to show you how much he adores you.

Further reading:
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Why Does My Dog… Crawl Under the Covers?