Bringing a dog into your life should be an amazing, fun experience. But all too often, people’s positive expectations are shattered by their new dog’s painful play-biting, chewing, or digging. No one wants to see big holes appear in their beautiful lawn, or have their flower beds turned upside down. So, how can you stop your new pet from digging up your garden? This article lists the causes for digging – and explains how you can fix this undesirable behaviour.
Stop Your Dog From Digging
HOW TO STOP DOGS FROM DIGGING?
WHY IS MY DOG DIGGING?
Watching your dog put one hole after another into your well-kept garden can be extremely frustrating. Nevertheless, digging is quite a natural behaviour for canines. In the wild, wolves and dogs dig to bury food, to chase ground-dwelling rodents, or to create shallow pits to lie down in. Young canines may dig playfully to explore the different textures of the ground. And before giving birth, female canines either seek out existing animal dens, or they create their own by digging. Canines also scent-mark their territory by scratching the ground.
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HOW CAN I STOP MY DOG’S DIGGING?
So, how can we keep our dogs from destroying our lawn, vegetable plots or flowerbeds? As calm, consistent canine leaders, we do not have to live with this behaviour: We can absolutely address destructive digging. It may take some time and perseverance, but it is well worth the effort.
1. Protect Your Garden
If your dog is prone to digging holes into your garden, there are a few simple things you can do. The first measure is to secure sensitive areas in your garden or backyard. By doing so, you prevent any further harm done to your lawn and garden beds. These safety measures can include:
- ✓ Fencing in your vegetable plots and flowerbeds
- ✓ Fencing off a safe running space for your dog (such as a tiled yard, or a piece of unmanicured garden)
- ✓ Temporarily tethering your dog to a post, or confining them to an outdoor kennel whenever you cannot supervise them
Dog-proofing (respectively, dig-proofing) your garden in this way can effectively break your dog’s habit of getting into their favourite digging spots.
2. Supervise Your Dog
3. Use Training Tools
4. Provide Exercise & Alternative Digging-Spaces
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