training dog obedience

“How do I stop my dog from digging?” This is a popular dilemma I see many dog owners encounter at some point, it can be very annoying to come home to find your garden looking like a minefield because of your dog’s activities, the only way you can genuinely stop your dog digging is to observe him in the act in order to figure out the reason why he does this.
One of the most common causes I have noticed is that the dog is over-stimulated, he’s built up so much energy during the day that he is means that are natural to him to consume it, an obvious technique to correct this would be to take him on additional regular or longer walks, or even take him down to the park and play fetch with him, any task you can think of which will keep him up and moving will be helpful to both your dog and your plants!
Your dog may simply just be bored and searching for  ways to fill his time via the destruction of your garden, this is most typical if your dog spends a considerable amount of time alone, you must keep in mind that digging is an enjoyable action for your dog and if nobody is playing with him and he has absolutely nothing otherwise to do, he will seek out his own entertainment. A obvious indication of boredom digging is frequently supported with barking. If this is the reason, a suggested way to stop your dog digging is to pay him more attention, play with him, take him on walks or provide him with numerous toys for when you are not there, these little gestures might help to make a significant difference in your dog’s behaviour.
If the digging is a seasonal activity, typically taking place in the summer months, then your dog maybe digging this holes for a cooling pit for himself as he’s too hot, if this is the case then you should supply a cool shaded area for him in your garden, if you lack trees or other big objects that provide shade after that consider getting a little child size paddling pool to relieve your dog, this may be the perfect method to stop your dog digging.
One reason that is commonly unnoticed by dog owners is that their dog may be digging in order to bury bones, this course of action is innate in them and may feel as if they have to, this can be hard practice for the dog to break free from as it is a natural process for them. It’s important that you recify his actions whilst he is still in the act rather than after as he will not be aware of why he’s being shouted at, utilize assertive terms which he can become used to like ‘bad dog’ or even arm yourself with a water pistol and squirt him in the face as the digging is going on, it may well take some time, but this is surely a proven method to stop your dog digging.
If you have tried all of the actions outlined above and none of them have done the trick, then it may be that your dog has too much of a strong relationship with digging for you to fix, getting a sandbox as a chosen area for your dog to dig may be most beneficial to you, for additional usefulness, bury ‘treasures’ and ‘treats’ for your dog to uncover in the sandbox and praise him for discovering them, if you realize that your dog still strays back to digging in places he should not you could use tricks such as burying water bombs or even the dogs own excrement to give him a not very pleasant past experiences of digging there.

 

Hope this aids your stop dog digging needs, thanks for reading

by Ruchi Vasishta

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