Stop Your Dog Digging-Now


Dogs love to dig. Turn over some soft dirt in your yard to start a garden or plant a rosebush and the   digging seems to go on and on. It can be annoying to contend with a dog that digs.

He can turn your well-manicured yard into a sloppy mess. He can make a mess from your well-tended garden. And despite the fact that he seems to be having fun he can make your life challenging and miserable with his digging behavior.

Dogs are actually diggers by nature. Some breeds are even bred to dig as they hunt and dig out specific prey. It might be more challenging if your dog is a natural digger but you can still contain his digging behavior with a few training techniques.

It's important for your dog to engage his curiosity, learn about and explore his surroundings. But a majority of people want a beautiful yard too. You must control his digging or even stop it completely if you want to keep your yard nice.

Dogs at times dig because of boredom. They need entertainment. He may be suffering from separation anxiety because you are away. Perhaps he is trying to dig out an escape route so he can leave the yard. He may even be digging because of simple things like controlling his own temperature. He may be too hot and trying to cool off or he may be too cold and trying to get warm.

You can get your dog to lessen or even stop his digging patterns. First ensure that he has plenty of time with you and gets enough exercise and playtime. You can also make sure that he has toys that he enjoys. Frequently dogs will try to bury bones so if you give your dog bones to chew on make sure you replace them with chew toys or rawhide bones.

You may also use clicker training to prevent digging. Anytime you see your dog in the action of digging use the clicker and a command that tells him "no". Reward him when he stops digging. You will need to be consistent but clicker training can work.

You may also try to stop your dog from digging by filling up his hole with undesirable things. Dogs like to dig in clean dirt so if you fill up his hole with rocks or twigs and even his own poop it can stop him from digging more. You might also try to bury a balloon that will pop when he starts to dig. The balloon will frighten him but it won't hurt him and it will likely stop him from digging more.

In case your dog is a natural digger you could go along with his natural tendencies and train him to only dig in a certain place. This takes patience but it can work well once you succeed. Be consistent in your training and you will get your dog to stop digging.

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