Stop Digging

How to Stop a Dog From Digging
If you are ready to give up trying to curb your dog's digging behavior, the first thing you need to understand is that he isn't digging out of spite or a desire to ruin your garden. He's probably just seeking entertainment, prey, or attention. The first step in solving the problem is to diagnose why your dog digs.

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Why do dogs dig
Digging is a natural adaptive behavior and typical dog trait. Dogs dig holes for a variety of reasons, some of which include:

  • Hunting
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  • Boredom
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  • Lack of exercise
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  • Trying to stay cool
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  • Separation anxiety
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  • Breed is predisposed to digging

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Tips
After you address the cause of the digging, you may discover it's become a habit. You need to interrupt the behavior by giving a correction without your dog seeing you do it. Your dog should equate the correction to the digging instead of your presence. Below are a few ideas for interrupting digging:

  • Squirt of water. Use a squirt gun to startle your dog. Make sure the dog doesn't see you doing this.
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  • Shaker can. Place a few coins in an empty soda can. When you see your dog digging, shake the can or toss it toward him to startle him.
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  • Loud noise: Use an an air horn or pet correction spray to stop the behavior.

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Setting up a "digging spot" 
Yes, redirecting the behavior to a more appropriate place in the yard is a very good idea. Sand is better and cleaner than soil. Make this spot more attractive for burying his favorite toys there and digging there together to show him how it works. Whenever you see him digging in an inappropriate area, gently lead him to his spot and praise him for digging there.
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