Why Do Dogs Show Nesting Behavior

Around eight or nine weeks after a female has come out of season, you may see her digging around her bed, turning in circles, collecting toys and putting them in her bed, and guarding the area from other animals and maybe even yourself. She's preparing a nest for her puppies. Sometimes even spayed females exhibit this behavior, and it's often accompanied by swelling of the mammary glands that may actually fill with milk.

In the wild, female dogs in a pack, even if they weren't pregnant or didn't have puppies, developed milk. This phenomenon ensures the survival of the litter in case something happens to the mother dog.

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    What do dogs do when their nesting?
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