There are many reasons dogs dig. Out of boredom, pleasure, curiosity, and exploration. Canines in the wild dig to build a den and to find prey, so our dogs, though domesticated, have those same instincts. Unfortunately, when Spot digs up the beautifully landscaped daffodils in your garden, this poses an issue.
There are ways to diminish digging behavior, but it is most beneficial to put an end to it early on in the dog’s development to prevent this from becoming a destructive and aggravating habit.
As previously stated, boredom can play a large part in what might bring your dog to try to find his own form of amusement. In point of fact, several problems in dogs’ behavior are rooted in boredom. Dog breeds of high energy need to find a release for all their liveliness. Sadly, digging for some sort of buried treasure can fulfill this purpose in his mind. Ensure he has adequate activities daily to invigorate his body and mind. Digging could be only the beginning of what could lead to other behaviors of an inappropriate nature, such as barking and chewing.
Some dogs’ breeding is geared toward digging. For centuries, terriers and dachshunds were utilized in tunneling for badgers and other rodents. These particular breeds require other engagements to repress their urge to dig. It will be challenging to keep your dog from digging and hunting if your yard has an infestation of burrowing rodents.
Your dog might benefit from certain products marketed toward prevent a dog from digging, though some work with minimal results.
Establishing why your dog has a desire to dig would be far more successful. Crate training a puppy can aid in establishing a routine for play and rest. This tactic can also be used to educate a dog to anticipate “people time” and decreases his behavior caused by separation anxiety. Too much time in the yard without a companion or playmate can lead to digging. Assigning your dog a chore to do daily, be it catching a ball or walking through the park, can be a release for his suppressed energy. Teaching him to learn new tricks is another smart choice in giving your dog physical and mental workouts.
A quick fix to keep a dog from digging in any specific area is to bury his feces in the hole he dug, and cover it with soil. Typically, dogs will not return to that location for a dig, but they may likely head to a different spot, and eventually your whole yard might be riddled with holes and piles.
The foremost option to avoid a habit of digging is to prevent it from becoming a pattern in the first place. Dogs are animals with great intelligence and they require physical activity and mental stimulation every single day.