My older dog has started scratching the floor, rug, bed, etc. Is there something I can do to calm her?
She does it continually, and I'm concerned she will injure her arthritic paws.
Hi Carla, there could be a couple of reasons for this behavior. To get to the bottom of it, it’d be good to know when your girl scratches. Is it at a certain time of the day, or when she’s alone, or when there’s loud noises for example a thunderstorm? As with all behavior issues, it’s essential to rule out any medical causes for the behavior so it’s worth having her checked by your vet for any physical abnormalities.
If all’s well, then it’s possible that the scratching is a result of her feeling anxious. It may also be due to simple boredom, or a form of obsessive compulsive disorder, or even canine cognitive dysfunction or dementia. Again, your vet or a veterinary behaviorist can offer suggestions on how to manage anxiety or age related changes to your dog’s mind, and those suggestions may include both medication and adjustments to her home environment. | 05.20.16 @ 12:23