Why do dogs lick themselves in the middle of the night?
We’ve heard a lot of humans talking about this topic between themselves.
They seem mystified, but there is a simple explanation. In the interest of our human friends, we will share the reasons.
2:30 a.m. is the preferred time for dogs to take baths. Convenience is the primary reason and all other reasons fall under that category.
At 2:30 a.m., we can relax and take our time, without having to listen for threatening sounds.
We have never once had to chase off a postal worker, delivery person or pesky cyclist at 2:30 a.m. Maybe they are afraid of the dark! That’s another reason!
We tried to have a barking contest with our neighbour’s dog, but we weren’t allowed!
Our food is gone. You can only drink so much water. Mommy and Daddy don’t like to get up in the middle of the night to let us outside. Especially if we forget to pee because we get too interested in smells.
We can’t play in the dark either, because we could bump into something and get hurt!
Daytime cleaning is pointless because we go in and out often. That means muddy paws.
Then there’s the regular potty breaks and the daily walks. Besides, humans don’t take baths mid-afternoon either!
Baths are Supposed to be Relaxing
Mommy always says baths are relaxing and help her to sleep, but for some unknown reason when we bathe in the middle of the night, it doesn’t help Mommy sleep. It’s quiet in the house when we start but after 45 minutes, Mommy starts shushing us. Shhhhhhh!
Even if we know we’re not squeaky clean yet, Shhhh makes us stop…………..and listen to hear what she‘s trying to hear. When we dont hear anything, (approximately 1 minute later), we assume it’s safe to continue.
We can’t imagine what Mommy is trying to hear at 2:30 in the morning! Maybe she thinks it’s her shift to guard the house, because Daddy isn’t going to hear anything over his snoring.
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