Have you found holes in your yard or garden? You may be quick to blame that a ground squirrel, mole, or even a pocket gopher may have done the damage but the truth is it could actually be that it was your dog that dug up those holes. Although you will become frustrated with your dog’s digging behaviors and saddened to see all your pretty flowers and plants have now been ruined, let us first take a look at why dogs dig. If you wonder, why does my dog loves digging, stay with us, and read our informative article.
Some dog breeds are more biologically inclined to dig. Some hunting dogs were bred to hunt and search for prey. For example, Terrier means “earth dog”. Terriers were born and bred to dig. It is natural instinct for these types of breeds to dig in the ground, especially if they hear a particular sound or smell a certain odor.
If your dog is left alone for long periods of time, they will get bored and turn their attention to doing something fun like digging.
Boredom and lack of attention can also lead to some levels of stress, anxiety, and separation issues leaving them wanting to take out their energy and feelings of loneliness on digging.
Dogs dig to create a cool place to lie and rest in to escape the hot summer heat. Some dogs also try and escape from an enclosed area and will be determined to dig under fences in the yard to crawl out.
Dogs like to dig and bury their “treasures” such as food, toys, bones, or other rewarding resources. They are trying to stash and hide their resources which is a natural behavior.
How To Prevent Your Dog From Digging
Allow Only One Spot
You don’t want your dog to end up digging everywhere in your yard. You can show your dog ONE specific spot that is an acceptable area for them to dig. Allow your dog to watch you bury a few yummy smelling treats or and encourage your dog to dig only in that one spot. Your dog will learn that this is the only area where the treasure can be found and nowhere else.
When training your dog to dig in a specific area, it is important to create a designated spot that is appealing to them. This can be done by adding sand or loose soil to the area so that it is easier for your dog to dig. You can also bury toys or treats in the designated area to encourage your dog to explore and spend time in that spot. Additionally, it is important to consistently reinforce the behavior and praise your dog when they dig in the designated area. This positive reinforcement will encourage your dog to continue digging in the appropriate spot.
Bring Dog Indoors
Don’t let your dog out in your yard unsupervised. If you know you will be out of your house and away from your dog for a long period of time, then it is best to bring your dog indoors and cut off their access to your outdoor yard.
More Exercise and Playtime
Take some time out of your schedule to give your dog adequate exercise and more playtime. Take your dog out for a long walk, play a game of fetch, toss of a ball or even a game of tug-of-war with a fun squeaky toy. Providing your dog with these fun activities will burn out their physical energy preventing boredom. If you are gone from your home, provide them with a chew toy such as a Kong and stuff it with yummy treats so your dog can be occupied.
Another way to keep your dog mentally stimulated and prevent boredom is to take them to new places for exercise and playtime. For example, you can take your dog to a dog park or on a hike in a new area. This will give your dog an opportunity to explore new sights and smells, which will help to keep them engaged and excited. Additionally, enrolling your dog in an obedience class or agility training can provide mental stimulation and activity that will keep them entertained and engaged.
Along with exercise and playtime, you can also provide your dog with fun and challenging activities such as puzzles and tricks training. Teaching your dog tricks training will not only prevent boredom but it will get them mentally stimulated, a confidence boost, and it will create a fun bond between you and your dog. Check out some of our tips on tricks training under Strengthen Your Friendship Program in the Dogo App!
Another great way to provide mental stimulation for your dog is to introduce them to new people and other animals. Socialization can help to prevent boredom and anxiety by providing your dog with new experiences and opportunities to interact with others. You can take your dog to a dog-friendly café, attend a pet-friendly event, or schedule playdates with other dogs. These experiences will help to socialize your dog and keep them happy and engaged. Additionally, it is important to monitor your dog’s behavior during socialization and provide positive reinforcement when they behave appropriately. This will help to build your dog’s confidence and encourage positive interactions with others.