Digging

At some point, most dogs will dig. This may be for a number of reasons such as a puppy discovering something new, a dog trying to cool down or simply instinct. Certain breeds such as Terriers are more likely to dig due to their hunting history. However, when digging becomes a problem behaviour there are likely other causes.

Why Does My Dog Dig My Garden?

Boredom is the most common reason dogs can become diggers. If your dog has grown out of puppyhood or its a year round activity and not just on particularly hot day, it is most likely boredom. However, some will dig to hide special possessions, or an atempt to gain access to another area if you have an escape artist.

How Do I stop My Dog From Digging?

The first thing to do is to establish why she wants to dig in the first place. Make sure she is geting enough excersise and that the quality or her excercise is what she needs. A hunting or gun breed for example will not have instincts fulfiled if they are getting road walks only. Make sure she is also getting enough mental stimulation which is equally as important as physical execise. If she is getting sufficient mental and physical exercise and the digging is instinctual, you could designate an area or sandbox where she can dig. To train her, place her in the area, every time she begins to dig. Encourage her to dig in the area by hiding a toys to make that area more rewarding.

Maddie Knight

ACC.Ad.Dip.Can.Psy AMACC Canine Psychologist and Behaviourist
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