why does my dog dig the carpet

In canines, digging behaviors actually have ancestral origins. According to the ASPCA, members of the dog family, such as the wolf, frequently dig up cozy dens to shelter their young away from the harsh elements. If you notice your dog digging around into your carpet, perhaps the poor thing is either feeling a little too hot or cold at the moment and is using his instincts to try to figure out a smart solution.

Although it may seem more natural for dogs to dig around in dirt, the ASPCA states that the furry ones also frequently engage in the habit with furnishings and carpeting.

Don't be surprised if your dog starts digging on your carpet when good, old-fashioned soil isn't available.
Adrienne Farricelli has been writing for magazines, books and online publications since 2005.

She specializes in canine topics, previously working for the American Animal Hospital Association and receiving certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Her articles have appeared in USA Today, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog and Every Dog Magazine. She also contributed a chapter in the book Puppy Socialization - An Insider s Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness by Caryl Wolff.

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