Why does my dog keep scratching the door at night?
What may be scratching your door at night, is your dog scratching the outside door or the door frame in which it is attached to.
This may be a sign that he is confused. When you left home you may have been wearing your slippers, but since you went to bed, your dog has gotten up, walked around the house in your shoes. Perhaps you're not home and he's pacing around the house looking for you, maybe your dog was sleeping next to you when you left and you took off your shoes and he's been following you to the door and now he's scratching on the doorframe to let you know that he is next to you.
I'm not sure if this would count as scratching, but I do have an ex that scratches a wall when she feels she needs to be talked to. She has an invisible friend named Mr. Whiskers and she talks to him on the phone at night. I know for a fact she doesn't have a tl, but she has a soft spot on her back. The spot is where she feels Mr. Whiskers sometimes. I'm not sure if that's scratching, but it seems more like a way of communication.
It's hard to tell if this would count as scratching when they do it, but it may just be a way of communication or a way of expressing confusion and distress.
Does your dog have any medical issues? My dog has had several bouts with a pnful urinary tract infection. She always wakes me up around 2 or 3 AM with one of these episodes. Her ears and feet get red and she's panting, looking miserable. It's really hard to wake me up, but she doesn't seem to know I'm there when I do.
I had to get her a special bed to prevent her from scratching it and breaking the plastic on her bottom. Now we have a big mat at the end of the bed that prevents her from scratching the bed.
I have had many dogs over the years and I can tell you that it has never been a behaviour issue. Dogs have instincts that they use for different purposes. For example, a lot of dogs need to sleep in the same spot for the first year of their life. For some reason, you were in a different spot, and your dog doesn't know how to be in your spot any more, and he has to feel out how to be in it. It may be that it is time for your dog to "check it out" to see how it feels for him.
For me, my dog gets out all the time. If I am working long hours and he gets out, he will scratch the door for me to come back home. He doesn't always wt to be let out, but that is ok. In the middle of the night, he will walk outside. If I tell him to stop, it stops. If he continues, I can still go to bed.
If your dog is acting like this, and you have time to put effort into it, then do it. It is always better to have a dog that is outside, than to have a dog that is inside. If your dog is inside, then it is not an issue. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it is true. A house with a dog that is inside is a house where it is always in the house.
I hope that helps. Good luck to you, and good luck to your dog.