Why does my dog sleep on my clothes?

asked 2017-01-24 17:41:13 -0500

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It's perfectly normal. Clothes present a sense of comfort because they have your scent and they're soft.

Jackie O.'s profile image Jackie O.  ( 2017-02-23 09:46:38 -0500 ) edit

Also dogs seem to love their owners scent. They have very strong noses, so if doggie isn’t destroying anything, let him be 😉

Gloria B.'s profile image Gloria B.  ( 2018-06-02 14:40:17 -0500 ) edit

My dog sleeps on my shoes to keep me from leaving the house. She is scary-smart.

Milligan N.'s profile image Milligan N.  ( 2020-12-01 09:47:52 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-02-23 09:43:37 -0500

Hello, Your dog might sleep on your clothes for a couple of reasons. He could be comfortable on them, as they are soft. They also probably smell like you, which can be comforting to your pet. It's like a security blanket for him!

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answered 2017-02-23 10:32:33 -0500

It is a familiar smell and if comforts them. Usually, the smellier the clothes the more they like it.

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Yes that’s what I’m thinking too. I did have a dog that loved our laundry basket filled. No harm is done, don’t worry about it 😋

Gloria B.'s profile image Gloria B.  ( 2018-06-02 14:41:51 -0500 ) edit
answered 2017-02-23 10:31:41 -0500

Dogs's sense of smell is far more advanced than humans and they will find comfort in familiar smells more than we do. If you put out some new clothes and your dog will constantly sit on them, it could be either to show you they are in charge or simply to get your attention as I assume you will have some sort of reaction to them doing so. If they will sit on top of your clothes when you are away then it could very well mean that they miss you and they feel safe around anything that smells like you.

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answered 2017-02-23 10:33:21 -0500

Your dog sleeps on your clothes because it has your scent on them and it gives them a sense of comfort and safety to have you around. That is why as a dogsitter, I always recommend parents to leave a blanket or bed with me so that their pup has something with the scent of their home and pup parents so that they're comfortable with their new temporary environment.

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answered 2017-02-23 10:34:18 -0500

They love your smell, and it gives them a sense of comfort! Also, they like having their scent on you as well.

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