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Old 11-02-2011, 02:57 PM
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Re: Another question - why does my dog scratch the floor during the night?

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If he uses one leg to scratch and shuffle around at angles then he will be nesting. If he's using two paws quite rapidly then he coul dbe digging to try and get out or trying to dig a recess to get lower out of the imaginary wind and weather.

Are the other two spots near points of entry to the room?
Yes one of the spots is just next to the gate across the doorway leading to upstairs. He definitely sounds like he's using the two paws rapidly. I haven't seen him in action as he stops as soon as he hears movement from upstairs!
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:24 PM
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Re: Another question - why does my dog scratch the floor during the night?

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Yes one of the spots is just next to the gate across the doorway leading to upstairs. He definitely sounds like he's using the two paws rapidly. I haven't seen him in action as he stops as soon as he hears movement from upstairs!
Sounds like he's trying to get to you more than trying to dig a recess to get out of a draft. Try sleeping downstairs with him for a night or two and see if that makes a difference.
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Re: Another question - why does my dog scratch the floor during the night?

Ive found with all the dogs I have had if its just a few scratches then just turning round a couple of times before settling its really more of a "bedding" ritual for want of a better discription.

If its continuous mindless scratching that goes on, it tends to be a stess thing (Which my malamute does) at times of stress like fireworks etc. I get round his by saying nothing going up and just calmly standing in the spot.
He then seems to stop and lay down then,for which he gets praised for.

If its continuous bouts of scratching in the night rather than one or two short
"bedding" ones, then it sounds like he could be getting stressed for some reason. You could try leaving a radio down low on a talking station, this can calm and reassure them when they wake. Or you could try DAP products. Plug in diffuser form would probably be best, put you can get collars too. It emits an artificial version of the pheromone mum emits to calm and soothe pups, I have found they help, and someone on here recently whos dog was starting to cry in the night tried it and found it helped. You can get them from pets at home or vets, they tend to be cheaper at on line vet pharmacies though. Vet-Medic - the same medicines as your vet at consistently low prices. is where I get mine, but check others to see best prices, if you think one might be worth a try. Order line is
0800 387348 if you decide to get one to try and dont want to do it online.
Just one other thought leaving a tee shirt or jumper you have worn in their beds also helps as your smell can also calm and reassure them. so something else that might be worth ago that will cost nothing.
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Re: Another question - why does my dog scratch the floor during the night?

No advice sorry, but I hope it's not a mouse!
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Re: Another question - why does my dog scratch the floor during the night?

Our BC X has been doing that at night time too & kept me awake so I have bought her bed upstairs & put it outside the bedroom doors & bingo she has stopped

I think hers was stress about being alone so she is now much happier as she is nearer to us
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Re: Another question - why does my dog scratch the floor during the night?

I have three collies. My youngest Eddie does this sometimes. You know how we plump our duvets up, tuck in our bottom sheet, possibly shoo the hob-nob crumbs off the covers, etc.? Well some dogs do this too. I'm convinced he's making his spot 'clean' and free from 'others' before he rests. When I was house-training him, I'd get up every two hours, take him out the back and bring him back into his crate at the side of my bed. I noticed as a pup, if a toy or draught excluder in his crate was in the way, he'd move them out of the way to make a comfy spot. I still get woken the odd night when he's changing positions and bedding down. By catching him doing it during the day, I've been able to get him to stop doing it on command by just saying No. As a child we had a rough collie. Shep used to do it behind the front door (where, incidently we had an ant problem every summer).

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