Why does my dog like to sleep under the covers/blankets?
Pre-domesticated dogs were maternal den animals. Meaning, that mother dogs would birth and wean their pups, for up to 3 months, in a protected and confined space. Although dogs did not live in dens year round, they would still seek out shelter when they were sick, injured or in need of security. It is believed, that this natural urge for dogs to find comfort in protected spaces, is a lingering denning instinct.

Accordingly, it is natural for your dog to choose to sleep in a cozy, comfy, protected space in your home.

Additionally, some breeds, such as terriers, were bred specifically to hunt small animals in holes and tunnels. This burrowing instinct makes terriers (among other breeds) instinctively more comfortable in small, covered spaces.

When your dog burrows under the blankets, he is craving the comfort and security of his natural sleeping environment.  The KONA CAVE® Snuggle Cave Bed provides the ultimate sleeping space for your dog.  It has a cushioned center mattress for extra comfort, soft and supportive sides to snuggle him, and a cozy and protective cover giving him the security he craves.  Our Snuggle Cave Bed is like your dog's natural sleep cave, only better. 

How do I know if my dog will like a Snuggle Cave Dog Bed?
No one knows your dog better than you. Observe their sleep habits, do they like to snuggle under the covers, into pillows or behind things? Do they like to sleep under furniture? Do they like to curl up when they sleep? These are all sleep habits that indicate your dog will love his own Snuggle Cave Dog Bed.

Terrier and hunting breeds are especially happy in small covered spaces. The KONA CAVE® Snuggle Cave Dog Bed fulfills all their natural sleep instincts. For a longer list of breeds who currently snooze in KONA CAVE® Snuggle Cave Beds, click here

If a Snuggle Cave Bed doesn’t seem ideal for your pup, check out our KONA CAVE®  Bolster Beds and KONA CAVE® Travel Dog Beds as alternatives.

Kona Fun Fact: Terrier means ‘to burrow’ in French.

Will my dog know how to sleep in a Snuggle Cave Dog Bed?
Most dogs tend to jump right into their KONA CAVE® Snuggle Cave Dog Bed as soon as it is out of the box. Isn’t it funny how dogs always seem to know when something is for them?

Snuggle Cave Bed Training Tips:
If your dog seems a bit hesitant, or unsure of how to use his new cave bed, there are a few helpful tips you can follow:

  • Hide treats - Place a few treats in the back of the bed and under the center cushion, this will give your dog a reason to enter the bed and to get familiar with the cover.
  • Give a comforting scent – Sometimes an animal is uncertain of something based on the new scent. You can either temporarily put one of your dog's older pillows or blankets into the bed, so that he recognizes his scent, and knows the bed is fro him. Or you could take out the new center mattress cushion, place it on a chair or sofa, and sit or lean on it yourself for awhile before putting it back into the dog bed. Having your dog's owner’s scent on the pillow is very comforting for a pup.
  • Tuck the cave cover back – Sometimes, your pup just has a hard time figuring out how much space is in the bed for him. If you tuck the back of the cave cover, up and off the center mattress, this can give your dog a full view into the cave bed. This allows him/her to see that yes, indeed, there is enough space for him/her to lie. Once they are comfortable in their bed, you can un-tuck the cave cover so that it lies back down and snuggles your pup.
  • Temporarily remove cover – If your dog is still uncertain about the cave cover, and needs a bit more time, simply unzip the cave cover from the bolster bed. This allows your pup to get used to his/her new bed. Once she has made the bed her own, you can re-attach the cave cover to the bolster bed.  
    (Please note, the above tips are for unique situations, usually our Kona Cave dogs just jump right into their Kona Cave Snuggle beds.  They simply can't resist their own warm and cozy cave.)

Does my dog get enough air when he sleeps under the covers?

First of all, there is no reason to worry that your dog will not get enough air when he sleeps under blankets. Dogs follow their instincts and will therefore get out from under blankets when they don’t have enough air.  Secondly, KONA CAVE'S patent protected Snuggle Dog Bed is the only cave dog bed with a unique back air vent to ensure that even when your dog is deep under the covers, he will always have fresh air flowing into the bed. Our patent-pending cave dog bed design fulfills every one of your dog’s comfort and sleep instincts.

Dogs love it!


    Snuggle Cave Beds, Bolster Beds & Cloud Beds

    Not sure what size dog bed will be most comfortable for your dog? Let us help you decide with some breed recommendations, based on weight and how your dog likes to sleep.


    Diagram showing an illustration and measurements of the Snuggle Cave Bed by KONA CAVE®

    Travel Dog Beds

    Not sure what size travel dog bed will be most comfortable for your dog? Let us help you decide with some breed recommendations, based on weight and how your dog likes to sleep 
    We hope you find these suggestions helpful, but no one knows your dog better than you. Think about their sleeping habits, do they like to curl up into a small space or stretch out and own the couch?  By observing how your pup likes to sleep, it will help you decide on which dog bed style and size is right for you.
    Unsure if your dog will love a Snuggle Cave Bed?
    Here is a list of breeds who we know love the KONA CAVE® Snuggle Cave Bed. When in doubt, we recommend sizing up to ensure your dog's ultimate comfort. 
    Still unsure?  Email us at and we'll be happy to help you make a decision.