Updated at: 19-01-2022 - By: petstutorial

Your dog will do the typical dog-related things.
You’re sniffing, nodding or maybe even chasing their tail occasionally. However, one time… it happens that you spot they are scratching on the floor.
“What’s that all about?” you ask yourself at the point of wracking your head.
It’s a good thing! You’ll never need to ask the same question ever again.
Get ready to discover:

  • How to stop this behavior and how to do it.
  • Your dog’s message to other dogs by scratching on the floor.
  • How scratching on the floor makes dogs feel at ease.
  • This is only starting…


Why does my dog scratch the floor?

The dog’s scratches on the floor for some or all of these motives: to relax and prepare their space for they’d rest, acting in their natural instincts, asserting their territory, acting it out for fun, reacted out of an emotional problem or having a medical issue or examining an odor.

Reasons why your dog scratches the floor (like a bull)

I have good news to share.
If your dog’s scratching on the floor like a bull does not necessarily mean that they’re ready to fight.
Phew. Right?
The meaning can be…

Scratching for… comfort

The dogs also have their own preferences regarding temperature, just like humans.
What happens if your dog gets hot or cold?
They aren’t able to switch off or on the air conditioner. Also, the heating.
However, what they are able to do is dig the hole. If they’re out in the wild at the very least. Look for warmth or coolness. Based on the conditions.

Your dog is making their bed (literally)

Dogs are known to scratch their fur before sitting down. My dog Lissa always does this when she finds a comfy position on our mattress.
This could happen if your pet doesn’t have an appropriate sleeping area. In this case, they’ll have to make do using what they have. Therefore, they’ll either spread out the sheets or dig.
In the case of Lissa she has a dog bed. The bed is round with softly raised edges. She’s a fan of her bed. However, it’s in my workplace. At night, Lissa is looking to be right where me and my boyfriend are.
This brings her to the bedroom. If she needs to relax she walks across the duvet. Then , she scratches and sniffs. After that, she circles the spot several times before she settles.
This is also referred to as nesting.
Pregnant dogs do it too. This is how you know that the birth is coming. The future mom dog needs an area where they can have their pups. It’s best to do this in the den.
The decision is based on instinct. When in nature, a mother dog and her pups out in the open could be at risk. Not just to climate, but also predators.
And whether they are pregnant or not any dog would appreciate having their own space to relax in.


It’s an ancestor thing

However, whether they are domesticated or not. Dogs will still be dogs. In other words, they’ll retain the traits that are inherited from their past. This is a form of instinct that’s called the marking of scent.
Michael D. Breed explains the reasons in the book “Animal behaviour”. The author adds that this behavior is typical of cats too.
Furthermore, studies have found that wolves’ dogs’ ancestors utilized scent to the territory they occupied.
In either defecation, urination or by scratching the ground. They’d mark boundaries, establish bonds and reproduce.

Scratching for… fun

Do you see your dog’s smile when they scratch on the floor?
If so, here’s an answer to your query. There are dogs who do it to have fun.
You may believe scratching your dog is an odd method for dogs to keep themselves entertained. But, it’s not so. It’s all about individual preference.
For some people, football is a way of the way of life. There are others who would not play even if they earned a salary. That’s why the definition of fun for everyone is different.

Claiming what’s theirs

Dogs may scratch the floor, leaving their “mark” so to say. Also, it could be a way to communicate with other dogs. It reads “Move on, this spot is reserved.”
This is accomplished by the sweat glands of the paws of dogs. The scent glands leave a traces when a dog rubs the floor.
When you do this your dog accomplishes two goals. Apart from their distinct scent, they leave a visual footprint. They also claim their place.
Similar to this dog:
Research has shown that female dogs who have been spayed tend to scratch their feet after they defecate or urinate than dogs that are not spayed.
This is the way that other dogs will be aware of the presence of your dog.
The marking of territory is observed in wolves and coyotes. They also scratch at the ground and pee on nearby trees or bush.

Medical issue

Is your dog’s scratching destructive?
Do the floors appear to be deeply scratched? Does it appear like your dog’s life was in danger?
Your dog may be suffering from an illness.
When your pet is hurting the pain will show in some way. Even though dogs try to conceal it.
The reason why they do that is due to its survival instinct. Since if they exhibit signs that they’re struggling, they’ll become an ideal target predators.
Even when your dog is trying to conceal their pain condition, you’ll see there’s something wrong. Most likely, stress can cause them to lose their temper.
The more stressed levels increase the more scratching they’ll be doing.


Your doggo – the investigator

The dogs are curious by nature. They sway their heads when they notice something that they aren’t sure about and try their best shot.
If your dog is putting been smelling a strange or unusual scent, they may try to figure out the cause of it. Literally.
This is also true for certain sounds that your dog could hear. Even if you don’t hear anything.


Now that you understand the digging and scratching are likely to be a natural instinct , you can determine whether or not the behavior is destructive and requires addressing. Fortunately, the causes of the digging and scratching are not typically dangerous to your pet. Be sure to supervise your pet and take pleasure in the small quirks that come when you’re a pet owner.

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