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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-15-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Chicken Scratching

I'm not sure where to post this or even how to describe it, but why is my crazy boy doing this? He does it on a cheap area run in my girl's playroom, he did it outside when his dog friend Shelly walked by and now my husband says he did it last night in bed on his Aunt Jennie's crochet afghan that is a "no no." I'm sure it has something to do with territory or scenting any suggestions on how to stop him? I never saw him to it in bed, and I really don't care if he does it on the cheap carpet but hopefully a stern "NO" will stop him from potentially ruining our prized 1970's heirloom, avocado, mustard and orange are such a hard combination to find these days

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Jen, Laila and Lily "dig" all the time. Especially Laila!! I found it is something that they do when trying to get comfortable. Normally all it takes is a little "stop it" and they settle down. If I were you, I would keep the heirloom out of reach

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Hi Jen,
Yes, we have dealt with scratching, but never had had much damage from it. I have found a tool that I use from time to time when I have an obsessive barking issue (like someone who will remain nameless (Dugan) who barks while I make his dinner). Someone who we watched two dogs for used Pet Corrector when her one who was food aggressive would have issues. You can buy it at any of the pet supply stores. It is a red aerosol can that you spray. It make a "pssp" noise and they stop what they are doing. I just spray it near them and they stop and look. It may work to try that with a No when he is doing this and see if it helps. Say hi to Timmy for me!!


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Still laughing! I thought your term"chicken scratching" was funny until I read about the heirloom.

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Jack does the "chicken scratch" a lot when he wants to get comfortable and lay down.



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Yup. Beau does it, too, when he is preparing to lie down. No damage has been done -- but he can't get to the afghan.



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So if Mae inherits her Mom's chicken scratch habit, you will have two diggers! lol YOu better put the heirloom away!

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It's folded up and next to his "place" on the sofa, some things can't be changed and quite honestly just putting it away and having DH use it when he wants was the easiest and most obvious solution. Mae can dig away with Tim while the cats do their kneeding.

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Gizmo and Bella are both diggers or nest builders as I call them, with Gizmo being the worst. Gizmo will knock everything off of the love seat in the TV room while doing his digging, this includes two small dog beds one at each end. If bella spots him starting to get crazy on the dog beds she runs and jumps into her favorite one and defends it like it is her castle. He rules the roost unless bella feels strongly in which case he does the smart thing and backs down.
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Emmie kneads her paws on the sofa/bed in the evenings when she wants to settle down. She goes in a few circles until she gets her "nest" just right and then she lies down for a snooze. I think it's cute and she doesn't damage anything when she does it.

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