You come home one day and you discover your backyard looks like the moon – full of craters! And your garden? Well say good bye to your newly planted flowers. One of the most common dog problems every owner encounters at one point or another is dog digging. Dogs love to dig! Whether it is in the garden, the backyard, under the fence, and even in a cat litter box, your pooch will naturally dig sometimes. Here are a few ways you can stop your dog from digging.
Do Not Punish
The most important rule you need to learn is to avoid punishment. Especially when you do not catch your pooch in the act of digging, he will not understand why he is being punished. Remember, digging is a natural action for them (as pooping anywhere is to birds and scratching is to cats) so your pet will not understand why you are punishing him for it. You need to understand why your dog is digging to be able to resolve the problem.
Keep Dog Active
One of the reasons why dogs dig is because of boredom. To avoid this, make it a habit to walk and play with your pets. Keep them active as most dogs need daily exercise and activity. Keeping your pooch busy while you are not around is also an important factor to consider. Get him activity toys that will keep him busy for long periods of time. There are a good number of activity toys that will keep your dogs busy physically and mentally.
If there are certain areas you do not want your pet to get to, fence it. Areas such as your flower bed need protection especially from curious k9s that love the smell of fertilizer and newly dug soil. Using sprinklers may also help as most pets hate getting wet. When you see your pooch heading for the plants, turn on the sprinklers!
Don’t Keep Your Dog Out
Dogs dig for shelter. They may be hot and are trying to cool off by digging a hole and getting their bodies in a cooler temperature. In the same manner, dogs dig when it is too cold as soil temperature is warmer. Make sure your pooch has a shed he can stay in and lots of water to drink during hot days and don’t keep your pet out during rainy and winter days.
Build Your Dog a Digging Corner
It may be a good idea to make your dog an area where he can dig all he wants! Build an area and you may opt to hide treats underground. This will encourage your dog to dig in that area.
Put What He Hates on Each Hole
Things like his poop or cayenne pepper powder would discourage your pet from digging. You may also opt to put chicken wire right under the top most layer of soil so when your dog starts to dig, his nails would immediately get contact with the chicken wire.
Train Your Dog
Basic obedience training will help you communicate with your dog. Dog clicker training is an effective way to do this. Being a training method that pushes positive reinforcement through rewards, your pooch will love following you and learning new things.
Source by Paul Colin Bright