How to Get Your Dog to Stop Digging

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Let’s face it. It can be irritating to see your dog digging up another hole in the yard. Some owners would yell at their dogs in an attempt to interrupt the behavior, but most of the time, they would just ignore you and keep digging. Keep in mind, though, that your pet is not doing this just to ruin your garden. As it turns out, the dog may be doing this for a reason – to stash away food, to escape summer heat, to escape something they fear or to relive boredom. So, instead of getting upset, learn why your dog digs in the first place.

If you are looking for tips on how to get your dog to stop digging, keep these tips in mind.

Your dog needs entertainment

Dogs that are left alone for long periods of time without opportunities for exercise, mental stimulation or interaction are more likely to dig.

Digging is a form of distraction and exercise for a dog. Some dogs would do this just because they have nothing to do; while some are in need of activities that would help them drain that extra energy. To address this issue, we suggest that you entertain him with play time and toys. Also, walk your dog on a daily basis. Remember, a tired do is all you need to stop the digging.

Set up a digging spot

If your dog is a dedicated digger, it might be a good idea to redirect him to a more appropriated place in the yard. You can either buy a shell-pool or sandpit or section off an existing area for him to dig. Gently lead him to this spot whenever you see him digging.

Keep him indoors

In hot weather, dogs dig holes to lie in the cool dirt. If the dog is digging near the foundation of the house, water sources or trees, this means that he’s seeking for comfort or protection.

Don’t let your dog outside without adequate protection. Keep him safe from extreme cold or heat by taking him indoors. Another option is to create a shaded area for your dog outside.

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