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Digging???

Dap123Dap123 Quezon CityPosts: 763Member
My shih tzu 'digs' or 'scratches' our pillows and couch (doesn't rip though). Why does he do this??? I'm sure it's nothing that would have to involve his health, or would it?

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  • Tiffany CarsonTiffany Carson St. MarysPosts: 15,800Member
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    I'm pretty sure that it has to do with making himself more comfortable. Such as a dog might do in the wild--dig up some dirt to make it softer to lay in. Treader, my Papillon mix, does it too.
  • kathy loftkathy loft BellevillePosts: 2,200Member
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    I have heard it's a way to mark their sleeping spot. When they scratch, it leaves their scent and when another dog comes along, (maybe a less dominant one), s/he will know this spot is taken and move along. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
  • bonnie kasperbonnie kasper Posts: 452Member
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    Boo does that too. She digs in pillows, blankets, in her crate...where ever. Usually she does it when she's trying to hide a treat for later, much like a dog would bury a bone in the dirt to age it and save it for later. It's pretty funny to watch her because she also tries to nudge the pillow or blanket over the treat with her nose like she's pushing dirt. Sometimes she'll get frustrated because it's not covering her treasure from view. So she'll pick up the treat and wander around the house making strange noises as if to say "darn, where can I hide this thing so no one will see it?" If your pup isn't actually attempting to bury a treat, it could be that she smells crumbs odors from dropped food and she's trying to find it. In an extreme case of digging and scratching that has no logical answer, and it is incessant, it could be a compulsion. Some dogs have been known to have OCD.
  • Linda MatthewsLinda Matthews Plain cityPosts: 6,859Member
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    maybe he is smelling crumbs that feel inside it, try vacuuming the couch and you might want to make him a box to dig in for a play box, buy a plastic tub at walmart and fill it with newpaper and hide his toys in the bottom, fill it full of papers shredded or sawdust from the horse store, give him a play box that he can dig, when he goes for the couch gently pick him up say no and place him in play box. You can also use the giant clothing tubs that are really low and long so he can jump in it.
  • Amber MarshallAmber Marshall Posts: 814Member
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    He is nesting! :D My little brother Twiz does this all of the time. It is so funny!
  • Tod KnudsenTod Knudsen MovillePosts: 3,793Member
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    I agree with the nest thing. They are just trying to make it as comfortable as they can for themself
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