why does my dog dig at the floor
In canines, digging behaviors actually have ancestral origins. According to the ASPCA, members of the dog family, such as the wolf, frequently dig up cozy dens to shelter their young away from the harsh elements. If you notice your dog digging around into your carpet, perhaps the poor thing is either feeling a little too hot or cold at the moment and is using his instincts to try to figure out a smart solution. Although it may seem more natural for dogs to dig around in dirt, the ASPCA states that the furry ones also frequently engage in the habit with furnishings and carpeting.
Don't be surprised if your dog starts digging on your carpet when good, old-fashioned soil isn't available.
My 11 y. o. sheltie/pom has begun scratching the carpet like he is trying to dig a hole. What is that about? D. C. Dear D. C. , (1) Digging is a form of mental and physical enrichment for dogs that donвt have much else to do. (2) They are trying to make the carpet fluffier and more comfortable to lie on. (3) They are trying to dig themselves a den.
For most dogs that dig in carpet, providing a thick, fluffy bed at the location where he normally digs, and plenty of mental and physical enrichment should do the trick. On the other hand, it really caught our attention when you said that your dog is eleven years old and has just started digging at the carpet. Whenever there is a sudden change in behavior in adult pets, we always recommend a visit to the vet to rule out any health problems. Certainly, in older dogs, a screening to check for neurological disorders is in order.
Barring any health issues, itвs possible that your dog is digging out of anxiety. Have there been any sudden changes in your life lately? Often changes such as moving, getting a new pet, having a baby, or a new daily schedule can cause anxiety and related behaviors. It can be hard to solve anxiety-related behavior problems without knowing the root of the issue, but some general recommendations are as follows: (1) If you are not already doing so, make sure you spend at least 20 minutes a day of quiet social time with your dog.
Pet him, massage him, and talk to him, as long as he likes this form of interaction. (2) Schedule a daily session of reward-based training with your dog to keep his mind active. Your dog should always be learning something new For additional information on problem digging, inside or outside, donвt hesitate to call the Houston SPCA Animal Behavior and Training Department for a free phone consultation at 713-869-7722, ext. 190 or email us at behavior@hspca. org.
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