Q:

Why does my dog scratch the carpet?

A:

According to the ASPCA, dogs scratch at carpets because they are instinctively driven to dig. Dogs dig in the wild to make comfortable sleeping places, to entertain themselves, to bury items they want to save for later and to hunt.

Puppies are more likely to scratch at the carpet than older dogs, and dog breeds, such as terriers, that are bred for hunting burrowing animals scratch far more often than other breeds. One way to reduce unwanted digging and scratching behaviors is to provide a dog with plenty of safe outlets for its energy. Long walks and interactive play sessions in the yard keep dogs entertained and have them ready to rest when playtime is over.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    Why does my dog lick the carpet?

    A:

    Excessive licking of objects and surfaces including carpets is a common canine behavior, according to Veterinary Medicine. A veterinarian can help determine if the cause is from a medical issue or a specific environmental stressor.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why does my dog keep licking the carpet?

    A:

    A dog licking a carpet can be due to a behavior-related issue, a neurological problem, a health reason or boredom. Dogs can exhibit compulsive behavior, which is the adherence to a certain set of behavior patterns for a consistent period. Compulsion is usually associated with anxiety and may require therapy or the attention of a veterinarian.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are tips for removing dog urine from carpet?

    A:

    The best way to remove dog urine from carpets is to soak up the liquid as quickly as possible with absorbent material and then pour water on the area before sponging it dry. A mixture of detergent, water and vinegar can then be used to flush the area, repeating as necessary. When the area is dry, brush it well to blend it into the surrounding carpet.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What can I put on the carpet to keep the dog from peeing on it?

    A:

    Spraying a solution of equal parts vinegar and equal parts water on the areas of the carpet where the dog has previously relieved himself helps to prevent the dog from repeating his behavior. Dogs are offended by vinegar odor. This solution can also be sprayed on the entire carpet during the house training process to prevent dogs from urinating on the carpet altogether.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore