We have had Ben now for three months. He is a 2 year old Collie cross, who we took from a rescue centre. He had been a stray so we know nothing of his past. He is a really good dog, no destruction, house trained, etc etc. However, over the past few weeks he has started scratching at the kitchen floor during the night as if he is trying to dig. I laughingly say he's trying to dig an escape tunnel . He sleeps downstairs and has a large house extension plus the kitchen to move around in, but is stopped from coming upstairs by a gate across the kitchen door. The first time he did it I came downstairs to him and, being daft, took him back up to bed with me. I quickly realised that this was a mistake and so ignored him the next few times he did it. However, this ignoring approach doesn't seem to have made any difference. He doesn't do it every night, but last night I heard him at least four times. Eventually I came downstairs just to tell him to stop and to get back into his bed, but he didn't even look at me, just turned his back and wandered back to his bed. It's okay for him to be up half the night, he sleeps half of the day. Unfortunately that can't be said for the rest of us, so I'd really like to find a solution to this if I can. Fortunately it's not every night, but it does seem to be becoming more frequent. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks.