3 Reasons Why Your Dog is Scratching the Floor at Night

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A dog scratching the floor at night could mean a lot of different things, from anxiety to a medical condition. Some dogs scratch floors so much that they end up messing up the carpeting or hardwood flooring with their constant digging. In any case, you want to find out and treat the issue that is causing your dog to scratch your floors at night. Some of the most common reasons for this behavior can be found below and also we have some tips to help you stop this behavior.

1. Your Dog Could be Nesting

One of the main reasons for a dog scratching the floor at night has to do with nesting. They want to be in a comfortable and secure location, so they will scratch before they decide to lay down for the night. Back in the day, dogs would do this in the wild to create themselves a small den to curl up into. Even though dogs have been domesticated it’s still primitive instinct for them to have this nesting behavior inside of your house.

2. Your Dog Gets Anxious at Night

Anxiety at night is a possible reason as to why your dog continues to scratch your floors. If you rearranged the room or house lately, this could cause the anxiety that leads to scratching. Another common issue is that at night you are asleep and not paying the dog attention and they may feel less safe.

If a storm is happening and there is thunder or lightning, these things can be the cause of anxiety. Another anxiety-provoking situation is that new people or pets are in your home. If you have a friend over for the week, you might notice the anxiety in your dog is higher. A dog is territorial so the anxiety could come out through scratching your floor.

3. Your Dog May be in Pain

There are certain medial situations that could cause your dog to act out in a destructive manner, and pain is one of those medical situations. Pain creates stress in both humans and dogs, so if your dog is in pain he might become stressed out. The more stressed out your dog gets, the more he might be scratching the floor as a way to relieve this pain and stress.

How to Stop Dogs from Scratching at Night

One of the ways to prevent your dog from scratching at night is to get them their own comfortable dog bed. It’s been established that dogs like dog beds that have raised edges and those that are round. The round bed with those raised edges mimic a nest or den that the dog is trying to recreate when scratching the floor. It’s also important that you use positive reinforcement to reward your dog getting into their own bed. Give your dog some treats when they go into their own bed so that they know this is good.

Make sure your dog gets plenty of play time in during the day. Your dog needs to be played with and exercised regularly in order to get out that excess energy. If you play with your dog during the day and wear him out a little, he will be tired and less likely to put that extra energy into scratching your floors.

If you feel that you are doing everything you can to prevent the scratching, then an underlying medical issue could be to blame. It’s important that you take your dog to the veterinarian in order to get them checked out to ensure no pain or stress from a medical issue is causing the problem.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.


  1. Margie October 1, 2020 at 1:09 am

    My shih tzu licks her paws a lot

  2. Mary October 18, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    My shih true licks his paws and soaks them usually at night

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