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Old 09-07-2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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When will my dog stop trying to nest on every surface possible when she is tired and ready for a nap? If I would let her she would scratch at the carpet until she has dug a hole into the basement. This is driving me crazy.

My dog is a shepherd mix and is 9 months old.

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Old 09-07-2007, 03:22 PM   #2
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I don't think it stops naturally.....you just have a dog that is trying to make the floor more comfortable.....Bruno is 2 and he still does this. Does your dog have an actual bed....if not maybe laying a old comforter down on the floor for your dog to use as a bed might help. This is a behavior that you will have to stop the dog from doing if you don't want them doing it anymore. Maybe try a spray bottle with water or a can with some pennies in it to startle your dog when it begins raking the floor. Also keep your dogs nails trimmed will help save the carpet when your not there to catch them in the act.
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Does she have her own cushion to snooze on?
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You need to do some training to get her to quit. Redirect her attention to more appropriate behavior (chew toys, toys, bones, stuffed Kongs, etc). Most dogs with this type of behavior are generally lacking exercise & that's the way they display their frustration with symptoms of obsession. How much exercise does your dog get on a daily basis?
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I maybe wrong Katz but I think their talking about when a dog turns in circles and rakes the ground before going to sleep....or laying down.
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Hi,

Riley actually has a bed but it is upstairs in the bedroom. We tried a blanket for her on the first floor but that became more interesting than her kong, rawhide, etc., as a chew toy.

Riley usually gets 3 exercise sessions a day. A 20-30 minute walk in both the am and pm and one play session of fetch in the yard with her ball. Is that enough or should we do more? We do have another dog who is 13 and she trys to get him to play with her all the time but he is only interested for a minute or so.

We do work and she is in her crate two 4 hour sessions per day.

We do not let her get crazy in the house so maybe that is her way of getting out some energy while she is inside. In fact, I now think these episodes usually come after we stop her from running crazy in the house.

I will try more exercise. Thanks!

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if you are talking abut circling and then laying down this is a natural instinct for your dog. in the wild they do this to squash down the grass etc so as to have somewhere to hide in long grass. mine still does this occasoinally age 12 but i dont really mind because she does it in her own bed

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