Domesticated dogs that scratch the floor before lying down do so from an instinct to scratch to create a softer or safer resting place. In the wild, dogs scratch the ground to create comfortable, temperature controlled sleeping spots, and domesticated dogs instinctively mimic this behavior when lying on the floor or furniture.
A dog that scratches the floor is attempting to dig a hole. Wild dogs depend on holes to keep them safe and protected from heat or cold temperatures. This instinct does not leave a dog just because it's an indoor pet. Dogs may also circle the area where they scratch before lying down.Learn More
To keep dogs out of flowerbeds, spray vinegar, sprinkle red pepper flakes, insert stakes into the ground, place thorny branches around the plants or, if necessary, construct a chicken-wire fence. To help distract dogs away from the flowers, make them their own pet play area in the garden.Full Answer >
Domesticated dogs do not fill a niche in wild ecosystems. However, wolves are the ancestors of modern domesticated dogs, and wolves fill the apex predator niche, eating rodents, rabbits, deer and other animals. When domestic dogs become feral, they often fill the niche of a scavenger.Full Answer >
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), certain parts of hydrangea plants are particularly toxic to dogs. The buds, flowers and leaves are highly toxic and, in extreme cases, can prove fatal.Full Answer >
Dogs sneeze when they are excited to communicate to their playmates that their interaction is just play, or simply to let another animal or human know that they want to play. The play sneeze, or excited sneeze, is a way for a dog to convey his intentions to those around it.Full Answer >