Most dog owners, who also have a garden, eventually end up having one of them. As, in most cases, the dogs do not let gardens be gardens anymore. So, if you are one of a kind, do not need to worry, we will help you find ways on how to stop dogs from digging up yard and holes in your garden.
I decided to write an article on the issue, as in recent weeks, I have received several emails inquiring “why is my dog digging holes all of a sudden,” “how do I make a dog stop digging,” and “how to stop a dog from digging under a fence,” etcetera.
So, in this article, I will discuss few tricks and home remedies by which you can stop your pooch from destroying your garden.
If you are a gardening lover, it might be annoying for you to see your yard turned into a moonscape with craters all over the place. But, keep in mind that your furry friend is not doing this to annoy you, it has got its reasons, and you got to comprehend them first.
Why Dogs Dig Holes in Your Yard or Garden?
There can be more than one reason for why your dog digs holes. Some of them are listed below:
- Dogs’ hearing range, in compared to a human, is approximately twice as wide. They can hear most of the things you can’t even think of. So, there is a clear chance that they might listen to the sounds of underground creatures and bugs or smell something buried under the earth and want to discover that by digging.
- Your dog might be digging in an attempt to escape from its fears, such as a natural disaster, or from neighborhood dog, maybe?
- If you are living in a hot part of the country, your dog might look to shelter himself from the scorching sun and dig a cooling hole to relax in.
- One of the common reasons for dogs to dig holes is to hideaway foods (i.e. bones) or items for the shelter.
- Some breeds are natural diggers, for example, Terrier and Dachshunds.
- Dogs also do that for no reason at all, just out of boredom.
- Most dogs do digging to consume the excessive energy.
- Meanwhile, female dogs have got a solid reason for digging. They drill holes in connection to their natural mating behavior.
Once you have diagnosed the reason; chances of finding a solution are higher.
How to Stop Dogs from Digging Holes?
As we discoursed above, there can be various reasons for your dog is digging up holes all over the garden. All you need to do is to observe cautiously and understand the core reason. There can be more than one reason from the list given in the overhead lines.
By taking the following steps, you can minimize the digging activity of your dog/dogs.
Dogs are not different from children in many ways; they too need your attention, time and continuous appreciation. Dogs involve in digging because they need your attention, and they get it with digging, even in a negative way.
What to Do?
- Spend as much time as possible with your dog, maximize his exposure with people and family members, and play with your pet to not let the thought of digging cross his mind.
- Additionally, avoid your pooch completely after digging and give him lots of praise for any other good behavior.
- The idea is to convey the message that bad behaviors do not win praise and attention.
Comfort and Protection:
Dogs also dig holes to find shelter from heat and scorching sunbeams. If you have not provided your canine friend with a doghouse or if his house is exposed to the sun, you should make necessary arrangements for that.
What to Do?
- Provide him with a comfortable dog house that protects him from wind and the sun.
- Provide fresh water, and change it every few hours.
- If he still digs holes to relax in, provide him with a safe, separate digging zone.
As mentioned earlier, dogs have hearing range approximately twice as wide as of humans. They can hear most of the things you can’t even think of. They might listen to the sounds of underground creatures and bugs or smell something buried under the earth and want to discover that by digging.
What to Do?
- See what bugs, worms underground creatures is your dog searching for and fence them out.
- Make your garden less attractive to them.
Entertainment Dogs are more like young children. They want proper time, attention and care. If left alone, they will find their ways to flee boredom. One of their most favorite ways, which comes instinctively, is digging holes.
What to Do?
- Increase the family time of your dog.
- Take him out for a walk at least twice a day.
- They might also be digging to release the extra energy. In this case, engage in games such as fetching objects, flying disk to redirect its energy and do regular exercise. (Do not give him enough time and energy to do digging.)
- Teach your dog new commands and tricks and keep 10 to 15 minutes sessions every day.
- Provide him new dog toys to play with in the remaining time. Keep changing toys to keep them interesting.
Separate Digging Spot:
If your pooch is a digger by instinct, you cannot keep him away from that, as it might have adverse effects both on his health and being. In given situation, it is better to redirect the behavior to a more apposite spot in the lawn.
What to Do?
- Dedicate a place in the garden for digging
- Cover the digging area with loose soil. You can also use a child-size sandbox.
- Bury some toys or bone under the soil to make the digging more fun.
- Do not forget to praise and reward your furry budding archaeologist when he digs into the digging spot.
- If you find them digging outside the digging zone, say “No digging” in a loud and clear voice and take them to the right place and when they dig there, reward them.
Also, place chicken wire or rocks over the restricted area of the garden to make it less attractive for dogs.
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