Dear Labby, Why Does My Dog Sleep on My Clothes?
Look at this picture of my dog Tally…she’s lying on top of my flip-flops! What is up with that? She does it all the time, whenever I discard a piece of clothing on the floor, she lies down on top of it – why?
Dear Tally’s Mom,
Many people think it’s because they love you…and that’ pretty true. The clothing you discard has our scent on it and dogs, being pack animals, always want to feel joined to their pack, so lying on top of your scent helps them feel closer.
Dogs will lie on top of clean laundry too and not just because it’s comfy. There’s still an association to you and they are trying to share their scent with these items of yours, spreading it around so to speak. All part of keeping the pack together.
I don’t know why some dogs do it and some don’t – maybe some sense of anxiety or maybe it’s just a comfort. Our Sally used to do it, and she wasn’t an anxious dog – I think she did it just to be close to me. None of our other dogs have done it, so go figure. Do any of you have a dog that does this?
Here’s an interesting article that looks at this a little closer:
Why Does My Dog Lay On My Clothes?