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What does it mean when dogs stand and stare at the floor
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Old 03-03-2010, 9:52 AM
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Our dog does this a lot, it sort of looks like he thinks hes been caught out for something and his hanging his head, but its not in relation to anything

He's a collie if it makes any difference
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:01 AM
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He is looking at that spot to determine whether to have a !!!! there or not
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oh, you're so right, the little begger scraped his bum along the rug the other day and its a white rug
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He is looking at that spot to determine whether to have a !!!! there or not
Hopefully some dogs will stare at your face pretty soon.

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Jenner, if your dog often scoots his butt along the floor that is a sign that something is wrong. He would need to see the vet to have his anal glands examined.

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Old 03-03-2010, 11:12 AM
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Trying to remember where he buried his bone ?
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:16 AM
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He's keeping an eye out for dropped coins so he can collect them for his doggy bank and eventually head off to the Bahamas for some sun?

Failing that how old is he? Could he have any stiffness in his neck? Perhaps standing a certain way eases it?
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Hopefully some dogs will stare at your face pretty soon.
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I don't know - but my dog does this occasionally - stares very intently at the floor with hr ears slightly pricked up - I figure that either she can see some small insect, or, once I saw her do it straight after I had dropped a treat on the floor for her - I think she didnt realise it had come from me and was checking to see if any more may magically appear from the carpet!
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Mine do this if they see something move, fluff or a bug or anything really.
It doesn't sound like anything sinister IMHO.
Maybe your dog has spotted something moving about that you haven't seen?
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It means he's possibly, nearly almost seen something move and he's watching to see if it'll do it again. Probably a dust spec or an invisible insect.
The carpet's white, you say? Is it woolly as wells? Could be a case of mistaken identity!

My dog once freaked out and wouldn't stop barking in the house. I was 15 and home on my own, and it was dark Eventually I tracked it down to just the one room he was abrking at, and then a bookshelf. Finally, we found there was one particular book he'd decided he didn't like - Mort by Terry Pratchett I still don't know why he was barking at it, but he only stopped when I'd opened it to check there were no bugs in it.
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my Spitz does this, if fact he's not so much looking as listening intently (confuzzled little Schitz Spitz ).

If one of my cats rubs her b*m along the carpet then I know it's time to worm them. Don't know if dogs do it for the same reason though?
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People often mistakenly think the bum scooting thing is worms. It may be the case with cats, but with dogs its anal glands. I empty my dogs' glands every time I bath them and this stops the scooting! Get the vet to check when they are next due for a booster or if they go for anything else. Groomers will often do anal glands for you too.
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My sister's lab used to stare at the floor for ages. He'd see a reflection of something and he'd scratch at the floor and then just stand and stare to see if he could see it again. He'd ignore everyone. He used to do it when he was out in the back garden, if it was sunny, as well.
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i should say that whilst he is staring, hes not really looking at anything, more like looking into the distance but towads the floor

yes, the minute he did that the other night, i knew it was time to get his bum sorted, urgh
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He is looking at that spot to determine whether to have a !!!! there or not
Good on the Tories
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I think it's a fixation with shadows, iirc, Victoria Stillwell helped a family whose dog just chased its own shadow all day.

Try google, it might throw up some answers.
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our dogs used to do this... we just assumed it was because they were mongs
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mong.....that's a word I've not heard of in ages
Good on the Tories
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