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    Default A behaviour query about a tile digger

    I am wondering if anyone can shed some light on this.
    We have large tiles throughout the back of the house where Maggie is. Every evening at some point she starts trying to 'dig" the tiles.
    They aren't shiny and I am trying to figure out why she does it. It goes on for about 5 minutes then she wonders off and gets comfortable somewhere and goes to snoozing. I am assuming it is related to digging a hole to sleep in, but no dirt inside of course. Funnily she doesn't dig in the garden, isn't generally a digger at all except for this one activity.
    I googled it and found she is not alone, but no one seemed to know why.

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    My dog digs in her bed, and on the couch and the hammock bed. And she gets this very trance like look on her face. Ie dig dig dig, stretch with her nose pointing straight up then straight down and some more digging. Digging in the back yard dirt is generally after some interesting smell - often lawn beetles. Sometimes bird poo... sometimes mice.

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    Dex does this as well, he digs on all his beds, on our feet and on our laps, towels etc, I'm pretty sure it's a 'nesting' behaviour for him, just part of getting comfy.

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    All mine do this too but on the couches, the carpet or their beds. They don't do it in a separate place then go elsewhere though. I wonder why some do.

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    Mild obsessive compulsive behaviour. Digging the tiles is part of her routine, if you stopped her from doing it she'd probably feel anxious and tense. It's not a problem on its own, don't worry about it.

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    Bella likes to dig her beds, sort of poofing up the blanket/bed for her to sit on. It can be funny how she does it sometimes too :P

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    Whilst I agree it could be partly OC if you do not stop and deflect the activity, there is a possiblity she will start scratching up elsewhere, like the carpet, and that may create an issue for you. It is natural for dogs to "nest". All of ours do, some more than others, but usually is limited to trying to change the shape of the stuffing in the dog bed, or digging a hole in a shady spot.

    When she starts digging the tiles, immediately call her and offer a game - tug, fetch, whatever and reward her for stopping digging.
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    Pippi digs her beds as I think a lot of dogs do, but she also digs other things.

    Gets all obsessive about it. And will go hard until you tell her to stop. Sometimes itsa the rug, sometimes its the chair, sometimes its a pillow.

    She seems to be pretty OCD about a number of things though, we just leave her to it usually, and tell her to stop when we think its enough.

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