How To Teach Your Dog Not To Dig In Your Backyard

September 18, 2017

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Don’t give up on having a nice garden in your backyard just yet. If your dog likes to dig holes and this behavior is preventing you from having a pretty little garden to impress your friends, you came to the right place.

Here we have some useful and effective tips on how to stop your dog from digging in your yard.

Why Dogs Dig?

Most dogs dig holes due to the following reasons:

  • to join in with you if you are digging and arranging your garden,
  • to keep cool during hot days,
  • to bury bones,
  • out of boredom.

Each cause needs a specific solution.

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Securing The Garden

If you have a nice garden and you want it to stay that way, you need to make sure your canine friend won’t be digging in it.

Try protecting your plant root systems by placing large pebbles or rocks around the base of the plant, while digging along the fence can be prevented with some underground chicken-wire or pavers. These will prevent your doggo from digging the tunnels toward ‘freedom.’

Also, make sure you avoid using any particularly attractive compost and manure in your garden.

Staying Cool Doesn’t Need To Involve Digging

During hot says, some dogs prefer digging a nice cool hole and hanging out in it over lying on scorching-hot concrete. To avoid this, find a way to make your dog’s bedding a bit cooler and more comfortable.

Hiding Bones

If your pooch is digging holes to hide the bones you gave him/her, consider switching your furry friend to something that can be eaten more quickly. Consider:

  • Greenie treats
  • pigs ears
  • dried kangaroo tail

Preventing Boredom

Should you realize your dog is digging out of boredom, it means it is time to up his/her walks and exercises.

Check out this helpful article on this subject: Is Your Dog Getting Too Much Or Too Little Exercise?

Set Up A Digging Spot

And finally, if your dog just LOVES digging and he/she can’t go without it for one day, try redirecting this behavior to a more appropriate place in your yard. You can also buy a sandpit or shell-pool for your pooch to go nuts in.

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