Dogs Love To Dig
How do you stop your dog digging when after all dogs have a natural inclination to dig holes? It is instinctive behavior for dogs to dig holes. And it can be extremely destructive and inappropriate for dogs that spend a great deal of time in yards. A digging dog can ruin a great landscaping job, creating both great annoyance and expense for his owner. If your dog is a problem digger, there are three effective means by which to combat this frustrating behavior. These three guidelines, used in concert, will often eliminate digging behavior in dogs.
Address Your Dogs Comfort
First, it is important to realize one of the most common motivations for digging. Dogs often dig holes as a means of personal climate control. On hot days a dog may dig himself a cooling well. He will use his newly dug hole for a place to rest on a surface that is cooler than the rest of the ground.
If your dog’s digging habits are in order to keep cool, it is easy to solve the problem simply by addressing his needs. By providing a cool, shaded location in the yard, your dog may no longer feel a need to dig. Many dog owners find using a kiddy pool or other larger tub filled up with water solves their dog’s digging habit. By making the dog’s surroundings cooler, you can easily eliminate his need to dig holes in your lawn or flower border.
Likewise, dogs will sometimes dig to create a warm space during cold weather. By digging a small pit in which they can rest, the dog creates a space removed from brisk winds. Again, it is relatively easy to address the situation. Providing a warm space, such as a well-insulated doghouse can reduce the dog’s need to dig holes throughout your lawn.
By tending to their comfort, one can reduce a prime motivator of digging behavior. Keeping your pet adequately cooled during the summer and sufficiently warm in the winter is one of the most simple, yet effective, means of eliminating digging.
Exercise Your Dog Adequately
Dogs will also dig when they don’t get enough exercise or are too confined. A dog with excess energy to burn may turn to digging as a means of release. If your dog feels confined in his yard and yearns to run free he may resort digging holes as an escape route to the outside world.
Digging can be addressed simply by making sure your dog is adequately exercised. Regular walks, play opportunities and other exercise outlets will leave your dog better rested and less inclined to dig. The value of exercising a dog is immeasurable. Your dog will be happier and more calm. He will also be more receptive to training and is likely to be considerably healthier. Exercise should be pursued in all cases with all dogs. However, it brings with it the additional advantage of decreasing the level of interest the dog will show in digging.
Keep Your Dog Entertained
Digging can also be symptomatic of boredom. A bored dog with little to do may find the instinctive behavior of digging holes to be a great way to occupy his time. He is more likely to seek comfort in the instinctive act of digging holes than is the appropriately engaged pet.
As such, one can combat digging simply by making sure the dog has sufficient alternative sources of entertainment. As previously mentioned, regular exercise and activity offers hope in reducing digging behavior. Attractive and entertaining toys can provide a dog with other ways to spend his time and can reduce the likelihood that he will dig holes.
Dogs left alone in a yard with little else to do are, not surprisingly, apt to invent their own diversions. As digging is an instinctive activity, it is often latched upon as something to do for an otherwise bored dog. By providing more attractive play activities, one can remove this frequent cause of destructive digging behavior.
There are other reasons dogs dig and there are certainly problem dogs whose digging behavior will not immediately cease simply by following the three rules covered here. Most dogs will curtail their destructive digging if their environmental temperature is appropriately managed, they are adequately exercised and they are provided with alternative diversions.
Instinctive, digging is not necessarily inevitable. By tending to the needs of the dog, one can reduce instances of inappropriate digging.