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Caught Scout doing the stomp and dig thing today and began wondering why dogs (and other canids) do this. All I can think of is that they are trying to spook their prey into moving but in this case she was just ripping up roots.
 

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I like the movie. I think you're right that he's trying to startle his prey... mine does that with crickets in the grass :)
I think he smells something that ... might be... prey, so he's trying to startle it... so the roots will get up and run :)
 

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I've only seen Kaki do that once. She had a rat trapped in the roots of a shrub. She started digging, barking, and stomped. The rat went climbing up a wall(ew...) when he realized that the safety of the shrub had been breached.
 

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That's awesome. Wish Wally did some stuff like this - you know, act like a dog LOL

I still think he's a cat in dog's clothing. He slaps his paws on the ground, but nothing like what was in the video. Closest thing he ever did to being "predatory" (other than chasing squirrels) is when something was in the garden at night and he barked at it and when it moved, he took off after it. I still don't know what it was, but he saw it.

He never did anything like this video - thanks for sharing, that was fun to watch :)
 

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LOL Love the vid. I have no theories though, but Caeda does the same thing to ice in front of our house, especially if you point at something under the ice:
 

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Eppy does this too. I've encouraged it by sitting on the floor with my legs out in front of me and a toy hidden under them. I ask him to "pounce" and he does that jump to get at the toy. I have to move my legs fast or I risk getting hurt.

He started pouncing young. Here he is, only 9 weeks old.

 

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Huh, Sydney does something kind of like this when chasing bugs. I think most play for dogs is modified hunting behavior.

 

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Hope does it along my back fence.. There is some kind of critter that rustles around right in the other side, and she pounces up and down all along the fence to try to get it moving when she can't hear it rustling anymore.. Then she goes back to sniffing at it through the fence and pawing dirt.. ;)
 

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Huh, Sydney does something kind of like this when chasing bugs. I think most play for dogs is modified hunting behavior.
Yeah, I've read that play is a chance to practice adult/hunting behaviors in a safe environment as well as learning canine social rules and such.
 

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hahahaha----some of the cutest/funniest things I've seen in a long time!

The farm dogs used to do that - many times to see over the tall grass, so I always thought it was so they could see from a higher vantage point..? Amusing to watch whatever the reason!

Zoey does that when she finds a spider on the carpet, and then she eats it. Such a good girl!
I wish Bella would do that for me...she's as scared of them as I am....LOL
 
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