Why Does My Dog Scratch My Bed Sheets?

Why does my dog scratch my bed sheets” is a question people often ask when they wake up to their dog scratching at night.

There are many different reasons why your dog scratches your bedsheets. Here, we will look at these reasons and how they influence your dog’s behavior.

Comfort is a huge motivational factor when it comes to your dog scratching at your bedsheets. Mainly due to their wolf ancestry, a domesticated dog will scratch at bed sheets to ensure they will sleep as comfortably as possible.


Dogs will often scratch at bed sheets because they are marking their territory with these sweat glands located on the pads of their paws.

Territory Marking

Your dog will scratch the bedsheets while nesting because it wants to ensure enough space for itself and puppies if needed.


Scratching at bed sheets is a behavior that is more common in certain dog breeds. Specifically, breeds that are known for hunting may scratch more.

Hunting Behaviors

If your dog is scratching your bedsheets, it may signify that it is feeling too hot or cold. In the wild, dogs sleep outside. They need to find an easy way to regulate their temperature, especially at night.

Temperature Regulation

The last reason your dog might be scratching at your bed sheets is that it smells something tasty. Whether it is a bone buried among the blankets or a treat that got lost in the hustle and bustle.

Hidden Scents

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