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Scratching, yawning, sniffing, etc. are actually calming signals. Dogs use these signals all the time when trying to calm down other dogs. They also use them to calm down people! When they sense you are upset (they're not obeying your command!) they try to calm you down by doing these behaviors. I would work on your response. Try to switch to positive training and I bet he'll stop scratching!
 

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Here's an idea: make your dinner time the time that he gets a kong with pb or a bone to chew on. He has to be on his bed AND STAYING to get his special treat. Does he have a good solid down stay? I would work on that as well. And I would work on the "Rug" command at lots of different times so he thinks it's a great option.
 
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