Depending on whether you have a cat or a dog, you may have observed different behaviors coming from your pets as they get ready to snuggle in for a nap. SHAGS Wags are specially made to have the perfect amount of filling to allow your pet lots of room for arranging. These behaviors you see from your pets are actually instincts from their ancestors, and habits they learned as a kitten or a puppy.
Hundreds of years ago, ancestors of your dog (coyotes, foxes, wolves) had to search for safe and warm places to rest. When it was cold out they needed find a din to sleep in. They would dig holes in the ground to help keep their bed insulated, and to help protect them from the elements. Scratching at the ground also helped to make the ground a softer place to sleep, and helped to spread their scent through the glands in their paws. So even though your pup has a perfectly safe a cozy place to sleep, they still have the instinct that makes them want to sleep in a den-like environment.
Your cats behavior of kneading while they are getting ready for a nap is instinctual and habitual, as well. Thousands of years ago, cats would make their beds in fields of grass to protect themselves from being seen by predators. To build their nest they would have to knead down the grass to make a soft bed to lay on. When your cat is kneading, it is a happy and relaxing time for them. The kneading they are doing is a habit they picked up to help stimulate the flow of milk when they were nursing as kittens. Your cat will also use kneading to spread their scent and claim their spot, this is especially prevalent in multiple cat households.
Your pets nesting and kneading may not always be a pleasant experience for you. If you have a dog you may have gotten your covers pulled off, your legs pushed over and your bed practically taken over. If you have a cat, you know how they like to snuggle in, purr, stretch out their claws and knead them into…. your arms, your legs, your face. But try to remember that this ritual makes your pet feel happy and safe. Your pet likes to have the option to make their bed their own, and having a bed with loose filling lets them make their own cuddly space. Instead of your pet having to share their bed with you, get them their own SHAGS Wags that they can root around on and claim as their own.