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How Do I Stop My Dog From Digging Holes – Help!

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Dog Digging HoleAt first you may think that you’ve got to do whatever you can to stop your dog from digging holes in the yard. But as it turns out, the dog may be doing this for an important reason. Instead of getting upset at your pup, consider why he or she might be making a mine field out of your back yard. Here are some common reasons your dog might dig holes in your yard.

Reasons Dogs Dig Holes in Your Yard

  • In classic “dig your way out of prison” fashion, they are attempting to escape the yard.
  • They may be escaping something they fear – neighborhood dogs or natural events such as thunderstorms.
  • Anxiety and separation issues that arouse from their general lifestyle, not necessarily from the condition of the back yard.
  • They might hear the sounds of underground creatures and bugs, or smell something buried in the ground, and dig holes to attempt find them. This will often cause random placement of holes around your yard.
  • To escape the summer heat – if you live in a hot area, your dog may try to dig himself a cool hole to rest in.
  • They could be lacking certain minerals in their diet, and dig holes in the hope of finding them in the soil in your yard.
  • Terrier breeds are natural hunting dogs, and will instinctively dig in the ground for prey or food. There’s no point trying to deny their instincts.
  • Your dog may be digging a hole to stash away food or items of shelter. This is a natural preservation instinct.
  • Female dogs may dig holes as part of their natural mating behavior.

How Do I Find Out Why my Dog is Digging Holes in Our Yard?

Rhodesian Ridgeback Digging Hole in YardThe best way to discourage digging behavior is to first explore the reasons, listed above, that may induce your dog to dig holes. But most importantly, you should realize that digging is a normal doggie trait. According to a national survey, more than 83% of American dog owners have dogs that dig holes. Furthermore, canine experts affirm that digging is a natural adaptive behavior seen in the wild as well.  In other words, dogs are going to dig holes, for one reason or another, and you shouldn’t put too much effort into stopping them. Hindering dogs from carrying out their natural, predisposed functions is not good for their health and well-being.

How Do I Stop my Dog from Digging Holes?

Depending on the reason above, you need to take different approaches to get your dog to stop digging holes in your yard. If your dog is digging random holes throughout the yard, he or she is most likely smelling or hearing something underground and trying to get to it. In this case, you could try digging a larger hole for them in an acceptable location in the yard, and try and motivate them to dig only there by burying treats for them to find.

As far as the other reasons are concerned, in most cases digging is a natural behavior. The most important thing to confirm is that your dog is well taken care of. Make sure they are getting enough food, but not too much (or they may dig a hole to hide the left-overs ;), and make sure they are kept in an appropriately climate-adjusted environment. They should have a place to sleep, be kept up to date with their veterinary appointments, etc. etc. These are all things you need to check off your list as a responsible dog owner before attempting to find fault in your dog’s behavior. Even then, a dog’s behavior often has a natural source. Unlike humans, dogs don’t have the will to be ill-intentioned, and in the case of digging holes in your back yard they are following a natural instinct or learned behavior that, while annoying to you, is out of survival or need for them.

Training Your Dogs to Not Eat Poop, Roll In Poop, or Eat Dirt

Updated on September 14, 2012

In addition to digging holes, our canine friends have many more habits that are somewhat curious and maybe even a little gross to us humans. There are some simple ways to combat these habits as well.

You know the feeling: Someone ‘forgot’ to scoop after his dog left a little present on the lawn, and the next thing you realize, you have turned around to your own dog sniffing and eating it! Making matters worse, he then wants to come up and lick you, proud of his accomplishments. What to do?

Why Dogs Eat Poop

Dogs not only eat poop from other dogs, they eat their own feces as well. In fact, this behavior is relatively common, especially among puppies. One of the reasons scientists postulate for this is that animal poop contains nutrients and essential vitamins that the dog lacks in his or her diet. Dogs may also lick poop to smell and taste it so as to get information about either themselves or another dog. Some further believe that eating the poop after the assessment may be a way to remove the evidence that either the dog himself or the other dog were ever in the area. If you react negatively to the dog eating poop, there is also some behavioral evidence that a dog in want for attention will continue to eat it out of boredom, anxiety, or the simple desire to catch your eye.

What Can You Do About It?

Puppies generally are thought to out-grow this behavior. The most common piece of advice that veterinarians give for owners of all ages of dog, however, is to simply bring a bag with you and scoop up poop before the dog has a chance to sniff around it. This is a good habit to get into anyway, as most cities require you to scoop your dog’s poop on public property. Although there is little else you can do about your dog eating another dog’s feces, you can take a few precautions to help your dog kick the habit:

  • Do not over-react when you see the dog eating poop. This only gives her anxiety and/or attention.
  • Redirect a dog who is interested in feces to do something else, and reward her for engaging in the new activity. The new activity could be, for example, a jog, a frisbee, a toy, or a treat. Offer this alternate activity and reward with treats or petting, and the dog will learn to ignore the poop and go straight for the other, more rewarding activity.
  • Feed your dog a balanced diet, even supplementing with vet-approved vitamin pills if you need to.
  • Make your dog’s own fecal matter unappealing by adding canned pumpkin, meat tenderizer, or canned pineapple to his food.

Why Dogs Roll In Poop

Another common dog behavior, dogs rolling in poop can give them a terrible odor, and pieces will stick into the dog’s fur making it very hard, and very distasteful, to have to get out. Unfortunately, most of this behavior is instinct. Dogs make pheromones from glands near their anal opening, and this can give feces a very alluring odor that a dog might want to coat himself in. Dogs also seem to enjoy the activity and it feels good to them. Some also speculate that dogs roll in the feces of another dog or animal to disguise their own smells.

What Can You Do About It?

Unfortunately, not a whole lot in this case. Re-directing and rewarding is a good choice. Also keep your dog away from poop entirely by keeping him on a leash when walking and moving him away from the poop with commands followed by reward, placing a fence around the perimeter of your yard to prevent him from going into the woods and rolling in wild manure, and quickly scooping up any poop in your dog’s path are all good alternatives.

Why Dogs Eat Dirt

There are many reasons why dogs may eat dirt. Some dogs, just as humans, like eating dirt because of an oral fixation. Dirt is around to be chewed on, so dogs will chew it. Same thing goes for dogs who eat dirt out of boredom: Oftentimes, it is something that is simply there for them to do. Some dogs eat dirt searching for nutrients they lack in their diets, or a dog may simply be underfed and ravenous. Finally, some dogs do it because they are anxious, do not receive enough attention, or are doing it intentionally to misbehave. No matter what the cause, eating dirt can actually have some negative consequences on your dog’s health. Dirt may contain too many nutrients, harmful organisms, fertilizers, and pesticides, all of which can make your dog sick. Seeing your veterinarian is advised if your dog is eating dirt.

What Can You Do About It?

It may take some detective work to figure out the root cause of your dog’s behavior, but chances are that you can weed out some possibilities immediately. After that, have your vet help you with the issue. Some common solution to the dirt eating problem:

  • Make sure your dog is eating a healthy, balanced diet. If your dog is overweight, feed her low-calorie food rather than feeding her less of her regular food, since feeding less might be leaving her hungry and desperate to eat something, even if that something is dirt.
  • Play with your dog and give him lots of attention. Pet him, play with him, walk him, feed him, give him treats, sit with him. You do not need to spoil your dog with attention, but just be sure he gets as much as he needs to not feel lonely.
  • Entertain your dog with games and toys to prevent boredom. You can even teach him new tricks, even if he’s old!
  • Provide your dog with chew toys and chewy treats.
  • Keep your dog indoors during the daytime while you are away.
  • If you have tried all of the above and nothing seems to help, see your veterinarian immediately! Your dog may have a digestive disease or a medical disorder that requires professional treatment.

Alex's first dog was a dalmatian named Domino, who at the time belonged to his girlfriend (now wife) Michelle. Alex first met Domino in Redondo Beach, California and they quickly became best pals. In North Carolina, a black lab mix, Storm, was added to the family. Domino lived to be 14 years old, and Storm 9, and Alex looks back fondly at all the love and happiness these pups added to his life over the years. Alex now lives happily in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife Michelle and their two dogs Bella (yellow lab mix) and Lily (Brown Carolina dog), and he doesn't take for granted for a second how much meaning canines add to his life, and how many lessons he learns from their love, happiness, and eagerness to live life to the fullest.

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Ysabel
Ysabel
Someone please help me. We currently have three dogs. A 5 year old, a 4 year old, and a 6 month old. The 6 month old dog wont stop digging. He was not adopted so i’m pretty sure that his digging is not a way to escape traumatic behavior. He has been digging in two of the same spots (a flower box and the pathway with rocks) and my dad has had enough of the digging and wants me to give him away, which I don’t really want to do. He has enough exercise. We have a big lawn and… Read more »
Jill
Jill

If you exercise them, then don’t even let them in the back yard or put them on chain so they can only have a section . My dog is doing the same, but when I walked him he didn’t dig. So If we want a nice yard guess we have to walk our dogs.

Reader Questions
Reader Questions

I consider myself as a good dog steward, and use positive reinforcement as my training tool…I have never ever heard of using the dogs poop to stop them from unwanted behavior.

Nuschler
Nuschler
Have you taken him to a vet for a good checkup? Tell the vet about the behavior. I have a good friend who is a top vet from the University of Georgia–so there’s LOTS of digging in the red Georgia clay–I know I have a white Golden Retriever who LOVES to dig. My vet says that 90% of small animal visits (AND with her large animal practice-horses, cattle, goats, etc) are for behavior issues. Shelters say that 94% of the dogs given up to them are for behavior problems. So go to a good vet to rule out digestive problems,… Read more »
Debbie Wheatley
Debbie Wheatley

You can stop the digging by putting moth balls just under the dirt. They will run away, they don’t like the smell. Worked with my 3 dogs.

Nuschler
Nuschler

In my case, it would be impossible to put down moth balls in a half acre with woods!

But more important is that moth balls are toxic!

Cats are more sensitive to their toxic effects, but dogs are more likely to ingest mothballs. Long-term exposure to mothball fumes can also harm pets and people. “Ingestion of naphthalene mothballs can cause anemia, lethargy, vomiting, and sometimes kidney or liver damage.

– From VCA animal hospitals

Brenda
Brenda

And it is toxic to animals

Jessica Dueck
Jessica Dueck
Hello! I have a Rott puppy of 3 months (I had another one that was perfect before but died of illness) and this one spends all day destroying my yard, making holes and breaking grass from the roots. He lives outside, we play almost 1h each day, I leave the door open so he can see me all day and sit close but not inside the house, and then during the night is when he most makes a mess. He has 2 large pet bones to chew, his blanket and a small ball to chase when I’m not with him,… Read more »
Jill
Jill

Sounds like he has anxiety. Dogs are not meant to be outside and alone all day and night. most people get dogs for companionship, not to put in the back yard. How would you feel alone in the house day after day and have someone come to see you for an hour a day. He needs more attention. My dog has to sleep in the same room I am in, if I sleep on the couch he comes out and sleeps next to the couch.

Nuschler
Nuschler

My concern would be: “What “illness” did your other puppy die from? Parvo? parasites? Poisoning?
Parvo can live in soil for years! I just hope your pup is not ingesting something that makes him ill, so he digs, chews to make his tummy feel better?

Another thing to bring up when you visit the vet. Your local agricultural state extension service or exterminators may be able to sample and analyze the soil.

Never B4
Never B4
You know what, I’m with my dogs all day. They go out to play, we go out to play but they mostly live in the house. I have 3 dogs. An Australian Shephard, a border collie hanging tree dog and a palm. My border hanging tree digs a 1 foot hole in seconds. She eats trees, eats leaves, eats well… everything. I have done tons of training and tons or reading. The dog is who she is. Sure maybe more of your time will be the answer. I have come to the conclusion that we all have weird and crazy… Read more »
KoolestGlamawEva
KoolestGlamawEva
Also maybe you can consider adopting a brother or sister for him. We rescued a 2yr old 7lb. boxer last year, “JohnBoy”. We are now both retired, so we are home all day, but we quickly realized that he needed a brother. We were able to adopt a 6week old siberian husky mix, named “Moonshine”. So now we are proud parents of 100 lb. Johnboy and 65 lb Moonshine. We live on 20 acres where we walk them 2x a day, but we have a doggie door that allows the to go outside to our chainlink backyard. The hisky just… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt
Without knowing where you live, there’s a good chance he is digging because he’s too hot. He’s trying to get cooler by digging and laying in the hole. With the USA being in the middle of summer, there’s a good chance this is the reason for his digging. There’s a couple suggestions we have that may stop his digging. 1) Make sure he has an area of shade for all hours of the day. Shade will help him stay cooler. 2) Try giving him fresh water two times a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. 3)… Read more »
Jessica Dueck
Jessica Dueck

Thank you for the quick reply! And we are currently in winter 11º all day and colder in the night so I don’t think is that. And he doesn’t make huge holes, he digs, barks, plays withe the grass he broke and then digs again, sleeps, eats, brakes grass, and so on. I don’t know what is wrong, I play with him a lot but as soon as I leave him alone he goes and runs around playing and digging :/

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt
My only other idea is that since he is still a pup he is doing it out of boredom. Perhaps he needs more attention and toys to distract him. Unfortunately, play with him for 1 hour each day may not be long enough. That leaves him alone for 23 hours of the day. That’s time he spends trying to entertain himself. Perhaps see if you can spend time with him at other times of the day in addition to the hour. See if a neighbor, friend or family member can come over and spend time with him if your schedule… Read more »
tia

I have a bulldog that keeps putting huge holes near trees. She’s only three years old. We have had to cut down several trees because she has dug up roots, how can I stop this?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Tia, have you read the article above and tried what we’ve suggested?

Nathalie Burnett
Nathalie Burnett

I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. But he digs holes a lot. So, leaving home is always a challenge for us.

My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? Thank you!

Jill
Jill

Yes check w grocery store. Winn dixie cuts us about 6-9 bones and when we leave for more than a few hours we give him one or save your steak bones for those occasions keeps them busy for a few hours and then they get tired.,

Never B4
Never B4

Try putting some dog bones under the ground in an area for the dog to dig. Give the dog a designated area to dig. Worked for me. Good luck.

Liza F
Liza F

I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. But he digs under a fence a lot. So, leaving home is always a challenge for us.

My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? Thank you!

James White
James White

Hello everybody, I have a big problem. I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. But he digs holes a lot. So, leaving home is always a challenge for us.

My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? Thank you!

joe

I tried filling the holes with dried leafs off the ground. I have 2 beagles and a mutt. So far so good – it’s been 2 weeks with no holes.

Jimmys mum
Jimmys mum
My terrier Jimmy was BORN to dig. He loves it and although he’s never caught anything yet his enthusiasm for tearing up grass and soil is staggering at times. Quite often he will abandon his tennis ball mid-fetch and start tunnelling like a dog possessed. Once he thinks he’s on to a winner it’s difficult to get him to refocus on the game at hand. I know it’s instinct with him but his recall goes right out of the window when he’s in hunt mode. Does anyone know how I can get him to snap out of it and get… Read more »
JoeB
JoeB
Our German Shepherd pounds the ground, looking like a Polar Bear trying to break through the ice in the hunt for a Seal. He listens first then pounds and digs over and over. He leaves holes only a few inches deep and will sometimes bite at the earth. Even if we are playing fetch he will get distracted by something in the earth and away he goes again. I’ve thought about insects and rodents but I don’t know as I’ve never seen any creatures except for spiders in the summer and worms. There is an underground waterway approximately 200 feet… Read more »
Tanya P.
Tanya P.

I have a Winnie dog that is always digging to get the neighbors chickens. How do we stop that? She has already gotten one. She is well fed, played with, what do I do?

Ginny
Ginny
Michael
Michael
I respect eveyones feelings in the comments and the thoughts of the author. However, I don't think that a dog digging holes is a healthy practice. To me it means the dog has a lot of pent up energy and frustration. If a dog is getting the proper amount of exercise, which means a nice long daily walk at the minimum, he should not be engaging in this destructive activity. Granted, it is a dogs natural instinct to dig. However, so is running free and jumping up on people when they are excited. These are two traits that everyone tries… Read more »
My 2 Digger Pups
My 2 Digger Pups
Anonymous
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My yard has been the site of many a hole dug since we adopted our puppy, and most of the time this was no big deal to us. Recently, when we got into gardening, however, it started to become a nuisance to constantly re-plant our vegetables or flowers that had been dug up, or in some cases replace them entirely only to have them torn out again. I searched out the internet for taser and electric shock collars out of desperation to keep my dog from sabotaging our gardening efforts, but I never could commit to purchasing one of these… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
I can see how this would be frustrating to some owners, but we must remember that some traits are in the breed. This is why people should spend more time researching the breed they buy. Another thing to remember is to consider the reason. Is your dog bored? Is there something they are trying to get away from, such as thunderstorms? Before getting angry at your dog, consider how to calm them or how to give them a way to exert the energy. If the dog is digging and ruining your furniture, there are things you can do to help.… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
I find it amazing that even inside dogs try to dig holes. It might be while they're burrowing down for a nap or while they're playing. Either way, it's incredibly cute to watch. I've never had an outdoor dog, so I didn't think a lot about dogs digging holes until I read this article. However, all of these reasons make perfect sense. I always thought that dogs might dig holes simply to escape or because it was in their nature. However, dogs can also be quite destructive when they're bored. This might lead to certain breeds digging a number of… Read more »
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My dog started digging holes this summer. I really didn't pay that much attention to it until I almost broke my ankle stepping into one of the holes. I did try some of the techniques listed here so that my dog still big but not be a danger to me or my family in the way of having holes that we might step in all over the yard. He actually did pretty well with it right up until we got pool. When the kids are outside, the dog wants to be outside. When the kids are in the pool, he… Read more »
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This is something I've thankfully never had to deal with. I have always had inside dogs and they have never tried to dig in the yard when they go outside. However, I have seen my chihuahua try to dig a hole in the chair and in her dog bed. I have always found it strange, but this article shed light on why she might be doing it. While it wasn't listed as a reason, I think my dog is very high-strung and sometimes digs to exert some of that energy. She will also go on running sprees around the coffee… Read more »
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One of the things that a lot of dog owners find curious about their pets (among many others) is how they seem to always want to dig holes. Is this behavior natural or instinctive and is it something that a dog owner should really worry about and actively try to discourage? The bottom line is that many vets say this behavior is fairly normal. Dogs have been known to dig holes for a number of reasons. They could be digging to try to get away from something they fear. Maybe they heard a loud noise or the arrival of a… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Sometimes a new dog owner may see their little pup digging holes all over the back yard and wonder what is going on. Most people just assume that the main reason a dog would dig a hole is to bury a bone (or to find it again). However, there are a number of reasons why your dog might be digging holes. All of these are natural, or at least instinctive and probably not anything that you should really be worried about…unless it is destroying your yard! One of the funny reasons is that the dog may be hearing or smelling… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
I was just at a relative's house when I saw something that made me mad enough to spit. The temperature here this week is somewhere between a kiln on full blast and the bowels of hell. When I stepped out on the back porch to have some nicotine to go with the humidity, I saw the neighbor dog. It was laying in a hole it had dug, but that was not the bad part. He was chained out there. As far as I am concerned, if you are going to own a dog it should not have to live on… Read more »
Anonymous
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I was reading this article to see if there was a way I could at least limit the time my dog spends digging and instead, I got some information that was new to me. For instance, I had no idea that female dogs dig as part of their mating habits. Is this supposed to be a sort of "nesting" thing that they do in preparation for birth? I know that there are times when my dog digs because he is trying to cool himself off. Heck, when the power went out and I didn't have air conditioning, it even crossed… Read more »
Anonymous
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One of the most common questions that dog owners seem to have is why do their dogs seem to dig holes for no apparent reason. Sometimes a dog will even try to dig a hole on a bed or on the floor or in another area where it is physically impossible. According to the author, there are a number of reasons for this behavior. It could be something as simple as they are trying to create a way to escape the yard. Maybe they are having separation or anxiety issues and this is how they are attempting to deal with… Read more »
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My dog is driving me nuts with his digging. I go outside to sit and enjoy the nice weather and the next thing I know my leg and feet are getting pelted with dirt as my dog digs like he is trying to break out of prison or something. It doesn't matter what I say to him, he just happily digs along then looks at me as if I am supposed to praise him. And, in truth, if it wasn't my yard being torn up or my feet being covered in dirt, I might be impressed with his skills. We… Read more »
Anonymous
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Digging holes is one of the worst kinds of habits for your dog to develop when you have to keep your pet in your yard. Often dogs can be discriminatory in their digging, so it is difficult to pinpoint a particular place and protect. Digging can be very destructive for your lawn, flower beds, sprinkler systems, plants, and many other landscaping features if it gets out of control. If worse comes to worse, your dog may dig underneath your fence and escape, too, leading to additional difficulties. And, as the article states, many types of digging are instinctual and very… Read more »
Anonymous
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I love the part about dogs not being ill-intentioned. No, lol I never imagined my pup to be secretly to break the axle on my lawnmower. My dog constantly digs and judging from the smaller holes in my yard, I'd say he is probably seeking out the animals that made those. I know he isn't trying to escape because he has the run of the land. I wouldn't have it any other way. My problem with him digging is that when it's hot, he likes to do it under the picnic table I am sitting at. This usually results in… Read more »
Anonymous
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As we can see…dog like to dig, and of course, they dig a lot…but they need to be controlled and that can be done. Yes, they need to be trained to follow the owners command. The training process can be good if it starts from the early period of puppy. But, it’s never too late for training for the dog. Many of my friends, including me, found helpful tips on puppy training on making our dog obedient and playful.

Anonymous
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Thanks for posting this article. I have been trying to get my dog to stop digging holes for a while now. Can you suggest some guidelines about how to take care of your pet dogs in the summer?

Anonymous
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Bailey digs and digs in the same spot and when she does the holes are deep. Now I’m clumsy as it is and I always step in the dang holes. I breed Boxers so maybe it is the mating reason listed since she is going into heat, but she’s never done this before. I tried rubbing her nose in it a little and she went right back and did it again. I need some help here. Why won’t she stop?

domino
domino

It could very well be because Bailey is in heat. You may have to just wait it out. You might also want to check to see if there’s anything in the hole she might by trying to dig out. If it’s an annoying place in the yard, try digging a hole somewhere else, and using treats to lure Bailey into digging there instead. Finally, if she continues this after giving birth to her puppies, you may want to look into her diet, etc. as mentioned in our article.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I can’t stop jack from digging and chewing. Now I have him chained up good and tight. Is this the best way to handle this situation? Help me please.

Thomas

domino
domino
Puppies are going to play, chew, dig and explore the new world they’re in. Inhibiting this behavior via negative reinforcement (ie. chaining him up) isn’t doing Jack any good, nor is it going to solve the problem. The key to dog training is positive reinforcement. Give them a reward or “good word” when they do something good. See the article above for suggestions as far as digging and chewing go. As a pet owner, you need to realize that dogs are going to dig and chew every now and then – it’s in their nature. You can buy Jack a… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

Thanks to whomever wrote this article. It has helped me understand why my dog likes to dig!

Anonymous
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I’m on the opposite side. I wish my dog could dig holes around the yard, bite some shoes or something like that. She only lays on the bed all the day, and only gets outside to make piss and eat.

Anonymous
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There are many reasons why dog they may do so. It is in their nature and for the most part does not mean they need to stop. However, we know the value of yard, furniture, etc. Therefore, you should consider having your pet undergo puppy training at a young age. Dogs can learn quite a lot through social interaction and learning to be obedient. With a little help from the experts, they can also restrict her access to the garden. Unless you plan on actively supervising them. To compensate for the dog’s new, restricted life, take your pup outside and… Read more »
Anonymous
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Use dog poop! Place some of his own poop in the hole. For some reason, dogs will not dig where they have pooped. Be sure to use fresh poop. Lay chicken wire over the hole. Blow up balloons, put them in the holes then cover them back up with dirt. When the dog digs one up, POP! Hopefully this stops the digging once and for all Sprinkle Cayenne pepper or chili powder in the spots where your dogs likes to dig. Then when he/she tries to dig/sniff it gets a big nose full of it, very discouraging! If you catch… Read more »
Anonymous
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The fact that dogs like to dig is no surprise, and there are many reasons why they may do so. It is in their nature and for the most part does not mean they need to stop. However, if you do value your yard, furniture, etc, then you should consider having your pet undergo puppy training at a young age. Dogs can learn quite a lot through the social interaction and learn to be obedient, with a little help from the experts.

Anonymous
Anonymous

who ever wrote this has a good point.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If your dog can’t access the yard, he can’t dig. Simple as that. If all else fails, and you REALLY don’t want your dog to dig, you can restrict his access to the garden unless he’s actively being supervised. To compensate for his new, restricted life, you’ll need to take him outside and play with him lots of times during the day.

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