Hi,
I have an 11 year old cross breed ***. She is half Collie, half German Shepard.
On very rare occasions (rare being once a year, maybe every 18 months) she tends to scratch or scrape at the carpet. It happens with no warning and disappears just as quick. It happens within a day, maybe 2 days at most, she will scratch the carpet a couple of times during that period then it disappears for months or years. I've noticed a couple of times that she'll scratch the carpet and then sit there, but sometimes doesn't sit at all, perhaps she's noticed me watching her or something else has distracted her. I'm not entirely sure.
She has no other behavour issues other than this very infrequent problem. Anyone have any idea why she does this?
Cheers,
Alan.
I had a lab mix who would occasionally do this when she was getting ready to lie down. She would scratch then circle a few times and then lay down to sleep. Just like your dog it didn't happen often.

Celeste
nesting...moving the 'straw' about, to fluff it up a bit... like turning in a circle a few times to lay down, making a bed in the imaginary tall grass. shades of the wild deep in the genes.
Cheers for the reply.
As it happens she was born "wild". A stray gave birth to her litter in a local Industrial Estate and the Security (my next door neighbour) informed the R.S.P.C.A. for the dogs own wellbeing. The R.S.P.C.A told the security man to find homes for the pups as they may end up being put down if unable to be re-homed. The premises belonged to Terex, makers of the huge earth movers (and potential dog-runner-overs), so they couldn't really be left to wander on their own.
This makes sense now, she spent probably a couple of weeks or so living outdoors in the Snow. You can still see her love of the Snow even to this day.
Thanks again.
Any German Shepard or Collie in that mix, out of curiosity?
Hi, I have an 11 year old cross breed ***. She is half Collie, half German Shepard. On very rare ... She has no other behavour issues other than this very infrequent problem. Anyone have any idea why she does this?

Mice in the basement.
Odd noises from expanding or contracting floor boards. An odd current of air from a door or window.
A small pebble or grain of gravel that felt rough to the paw.
Lia
No Brandy was a lab/beagle/basset.
I now have a collie/german shepard mix and the only bad thing about her is she is a chewer of personal belongings. Items such as shoes, clothes, pillows, remote controls..anything that has your personal scent on she will chew if unsupervised and she is given the chance. My previous dogs I never had these issues with it's something with the collie in her I believe. I've just come to the conclusion with Lady that the kennel is now a permanent part of my dining room and I doubt I'll ever be able to get rid of it because of her chewing.
She is a wonderful guard dog at the house and out in public she is little miss sociable we take her with us constantly I rarely have to worry with her misbehaving in public. There have been 2 or 3 people that she's taken an instant dislike to but I feel it is the thing where a dog can tell when you are afraid of it and she can be pretty intimidating at times.

I also have a beagle/cheasapeake bay retriever mix who I just now this week I caught scratching at the carpet before laying down to sleep. We got him as a rescue at Christmas and I've never seen him do this till the other night. His only bad habit is he is what I would call a gatherer. He will drag stuff from all parts of the house to the living room where he prefers to spend most of his time. It's another type of nesting behavior I feel. He has taken off with coats, pillows, towels, my pocket book, blankets, throw rugs, the fleece liner in my cat bed. He rarely chews them but loves to drag them into a pile and lay down to sleep in them.

Celeste