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Why does my dog dig at the floor?

asked 2017-02-23 14:33:39 -0500

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Most dogs dig because they are bored or just trying to find a nice cool spot to sleep.

Sarah P.'s profile image Sarah P.  ( 2017-02-23 15:26:13 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-02-23 15:19:52 -0500

Dogs dig at the floor for various reasons. A dog can dig at the floor because the dog is attempting to dig a hole due to his/her instinctive behavior. Dogs also scratch and dig at the floor before they lie down to make a softer resting place for themselves. It's also possible the dog is digging at the floor as a means of entertainment.

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The dog is likely under stimulated and thus bored. He is trying to expend his pent up energy. It might help to exercise him more and give him a variety of toys so that he is kept engaged and doesn't get bored

Gaby W.'s profile image Gaby W.  ( 2017-02-23 15:31:04 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2017-02-23 15:23:59 -0500

There can be many reasons but the most common reason is they are trying to dig a hole. Wild dogs dig holes to keep them safe and warm. It's an instinct and does not leave because a dog is an indoor pet.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:37:57 -0500

This is related to trying to create a soft and comfortable place for them to sit or lie down. It's similar to why dogs sometimes spin or circle before lying down. You can try offering them a soft or cushioned dog bed, I even let my dog choose her own at the pet store which has been both amusing and ensured she uses it.

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answered 2019-10-14 05:07:47 -0500

Hi there,

According to this article: https://goldenretrieverlove.com/why-does-my-dog-scratch-at-my-carpet/ (https://goldenretrieverlove.com/why-d...), dogs dig or scratch at the floor because of behavioral reasons. They're trying to get your attention. Maybe, setting aside a bit more time for play time will help exhaust all his energy. Otherwise, just buy him a Licki Mat. :)

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