6 of the Weirdest Dog Behaviors (and Why They Do It)

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Many dogs have instinctive hangovers from centuries ago, when they weren’t nearly as domesticated as they are today. One of these behaviors is circling sleeping areas, which could astound you or make you laugh.

Accordingly Live science, However, it’s an instinct left over from old dogs who lived in the wild and had to make their own beds, as well as fending off predators like snakes and other animals that lurked in unseen areas. Going around an area would also convey to other dogs that a territory has been claimed, explained Leslie Irvine, a sociologist at the University of Colorado. “Although our dogs now sleep on pillows, the behavior persists,” she told the publication.