So why are dogs constantly digging? Why do they destroy property and how can we stop them from digging in a beautiful garden, or the yard.
Let’s Consider The Way Your Dog See’s It
The way your dog see’s it is very different from how you think. It is important to understand that.
First, you need to realize what your dog’s digging is not. Their digging is not an attempt to annoy you or ruin your garden out of spite.
Dogs are not like that…
Dogs are fun loving pets and they naturally dig for fun.
Younger dogs and puppies simply just love exploring and have fun in the soil, mud, or sand…it just does not matter to them.
Sometimes dogs will dig for a specific reason. They are too hot and are looking to dig into a cooler ground. Or they could be cold and looking to dig a little den for warmth. They may simply have too much energy and are looking for a way to direct it into something like more exercise, like digging.
Consider the facts before you start blaming your dog as a naughty dog!
Could Be Smelly Fertilizers
One big reason your dog’s digging in the yard is because you may have sprinkled fertilizer with some foul smelly elements to it. You want to be very careful using slug pellets…it can be deadly for dogs. There are products in the market that claim to be safe but if it does not say that on the label then it may be deadly for your dog.
So once you have given your dog plenty of exercises, provided a warm shelter, stopped using smelly fertilizers…so now what?
Keep in mind, digging is a very normal activity for dogs but excessive digging is not. Most dogs dig and the secret is not to stop it but work with your dog to manage their digging.
Here’s what you can do to stop excessive digging.
Make A Digging Pit
If you can get your dog to focus their digging in one area then you are halfway there. Here’s what you can do – select a specific area in your yard to create a clear digging pit, use a few pieces of wood and a couple of nails…You can use a shovel to dig the pit. Then put a few toys in, bury them and then encourage your dog to dig in that specific area. Maybe bury a few treats. You will be amazed at how quickly your dog gets the message and once he understands that it is ok to dig in that one area you are on your way to success.
Existing Holes in the Lawn
If you have existing holes in the lawn the best solution is to put a small brick or rock at the bottom of the hole and wedge it in. Then bury it, pack the soil around it. If your dog returns to dig in that same area then he or she will get stuck when they hit the brick and that is no fun for your dog. If they continue to go back to that same area then guide them to your digging pit and encourage them to dig. Most dogs will give up. But if they persist in going to that same area then place your dog on timeout somewhere. Your dog will eventually get it.
Digging While You Are Away
One of the biggest problems people have is that their dog’s behavior of digging in the yard will continue while they are away. However, there is a solution and it is quite simple.
The problem is not your dog having so much energy or a dog who just loves digging. The problem is a pack leader issue. Your dog thinks he is in control.
While you are away your dog will dig around the base of the fence or gate to escape to go try to find you. Most dog owners often say that their dogs dig while they are away and never dig when they are at home. This is because while you are at home your dog is relaxed and happy.
They see it as their job to protect you and look after you. But when they are left home they will become stressed and relieve their stress by digging anywhere in the property. Destructive behavior like chewing things may also be another sign of the same issue.
Why Be The Pack Leader
Basically, you need to be the pack leader so that when you are not at home your dog will relax. Other issues you may be having with your dog will likely disappear when your dog understands that they are not in charge.
To understand how to become the pack leader Doggy Dan’s amazing website, The Online Dog Trainer is loaded with fantastic information. It explains in very simple steps exactly how to become the pack leader.
Doggy Dan, the professional dog trainer uses methods that are kind and gentle in working with your dog.
Whatever your digging issue, becoming the pack leader will help your dog relax, when you are at home or away and any training that you put in place will become much easier. If your dog does not see you as a pack leader then your dog will continue with any unwanted behavior.
You need to make sure you get the order right…first win your dog’s mind and then you can train their body!
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