Susan’s corgi, Max, loved to hide under the blankets, rooting under them with his nose and squirming underneath. It seemed like a no-brainer! She added a verbal command every time Max dived under the covers; “bedtime”, she would say. Now every time Susan says "bedtime,” Max dives under a blanket. much to everyone's delight.
Years later, Susan has a new dog, Merry. She thought she would teach Merry the same trick, but Merry didn't take to being covered up at first, so Susan had to work on a few other commands and shape this trick so she could continue playing it with her new canine companion. Eventually, Merry caught on, and now happily performs 'bedtime' on command for family and friends.
Your dog can learn to cover himself up with a blanket on command as a fun trick. Some dogs learn to perform this trick while sitting on a blanket, and then taking up a corner and rolling themselves up in the blanket. Others root under the blanket with their nose and squirm underneath, while other dogs can learn to lie down or sit next to a blanket on the floor, pick up the blanket in their mouth and then drape it over themselves while lying down. Which method you choose to teach your dog may depend on how comfortable your dog is with covering himself up with a blanket. You may need to acclimate your dog to being covered first if he is not comfortable with this. Eventually, this will be a cute trick your dog can perform on command to “go to bed”, or “cover up”. Even a young dog can learn this trick, but because the entire trick requires a set of behaviors strung together, it may be challenging for a very young puppy. You should wait until your dog has learned some other, simpler tricks first.