Stop Your Dogs Digging – Training Tips

So why are dogs constantly digging? Why do they destroy property and howStop Your Dog Digging 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…

Natural Instinct

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

Digging While You Are AwayOne 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!

Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days so you can first see if you like it…take advantage and get access Here!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you have enjoyed this article. If you have any questions or comments please post them below.

40 thoughts on “Stop Your Dogs Digging – Training Tips”

  1. Hey, I don’t have a dog, but a dog would certainly be the first pet I would buy by myself. Thx for this great article I will come back later when I have a diggering dog. How many dogs did you have, who were diggering and how long did it take you to solve this problem?

    1. Hi Svenonroad,

      I really didn’t have much issues with my dog digging. He was indoors most of the time.

      Thank you for your comment.

  2. Hey Rosa,
    My neighbour’s dog digs uncontrollably in my yard and I’ve told them so many times but they keep procrastinating so I’m planning to do something about it myself.

    Tonight I’m going to bury some chewy toys in my neighbour’s yard and hope for the best. Really hope that dog will start finding that location attractive, I already have a place in mind. Thanks for the tips, wishing for the best!

    1. Hi Riaz,

      I’m sorry you have to go through that frustration. I appreciate that you found the article useful to work out the issue you are having. I hope you will get the problem resolved.

      Thank you for your comment and let me know how that went.

  3. I have a small dog and she was never digging until the day she discovered an ant hill, she likes to dig them up now and watch the ants scatter lol.. Thanks for the information, I will try these solutions to see if i cant get her to stop at every ant hill she finds!

    1. Hi Andrew,

      I can’t help but find that comment so amusing. Pets are so funny! I’m glad you found the information useful and hope you get the issue resolved.

      Thank you for your comment and have a great day!

  4. Dogs are naturally pack animals with a hierarchy. If they don’t have a clear leader, they will try to be the leader, especially if they are a dominant personality. My dog has dug a bit over the years, mostly when she is bored. A good long walk is usually enough to get her to not dig. I try to catch her in the act and tell her no, and she usually listens.

  5. Hi there,
    thank you for a great article. It is with unwanted digging just like with unwanted chewing. Like you mention there are several different reasons why dogs do this. I like the idea with the digging pit. It is sort of like when a dog is chewing valuable things and you redirect it and give it something else to chew. Giving an alternative can sometimes be all that is needed.

    1. Hi Jojo,

      I agree…there’s also letting your dog know who’s in charge. I’m glad you found this article with useful information.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Have a great day!

  6. Dogs digging can be a really terrible problem, and sometimes even dangerous for them because they can come across things while they’re digging that they shouldn’t get into! For example, my dachshund came across chicken bones while digging in the back yard and ate them – very dangerous for dogs!

  7. I still don’t know why my dog kept digging the tile inside the house. Yes. She tried to dig the tile. Of course, it didn’t work at all. We mop the floor daily with disinfectant. So I can be sure the floor didn’t have any smell issue.

    Do you have any idea why? Itchy nails, perhaps?

    1. Hi Arief,

      It could be that your dog has so much energy and he’s looking for a way to direct it to possibly exercise. You also may want to avoid too much disinfectant on your floor…this may drive your dog crazy from the smell. You can give your dog more exercise. To really you solve this problem is that you need to become the pack leader. When your dog sees you as the pack leader, he will relax.

      I hope this helps.

  8. Interesting read! I liked to perspective of pack leader playing into this issue… I laughed at the digging pit suggestion, but I also think it would work. It reminded me of a cat I once had that would always chew through the bread bag to eat bread. After several attempts to stop it, the solution was….give the cat his own slice of bread!

    Now to read your solution for stopping a dog from pulling on the leash. :^)

    1. Hi GGrier,

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. The issue with your cat chewing on a bread bag sounds funny. Working out a solution to put a stop to this issue seemed to have worked…give them what makes them happy. That was awesome!

      Thanks again for your comment.

  9. This is great – our dog makes a mess in our garden digging holes and even dug some holes in our flower beds which is an absolute nightmare – the digging pit and all your other tips will be a great help – cheers for sharing all this!

    1. Hi David,

      I’m glad you found this post helpful. I wish you success in using these tips and hope your issues will be resolved.

      Thank you for stopping by and posting your comment.

  10. Thanks for the information. I will pass it on to my friend who has a problem with their dog digging up holes and trying to escape under his fence. Hopefully it will be use for him. Thanks for the post.

    1. Hi David,

      I’m glad you found this post helpful. I wish your friend success with his dog. Let me know how it works out for him.

      Thank you for your comment.

  11. I love your posts about dog training, I have been around dogs my whole life and love working with them and have great success training my dogs to be model citizens LOL. love your site !

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for your comment. I loved how you said that you have success training your dogs to be model citizens. LOL! Love the humor.

      Thanks again for stopping by and for your comment.

  12. my late dog Qiubi liked to dig a hole at the cement. Very persistent trying to go to see what the other dog is doing in the next compartment. The wall nearly collapsed until we put a big cement rock there. Again it started another new area. start digging. NO choice we put it in a cage.

    1. Hi Jamin,

      I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your dog. Dogs are naturally pack leaders and that would be a reason for his constant digging. Dogs may also have so much energy and try to release it by exercising. There are various reasons why dogs dig. And like you said, if he heard the dog on the other side, that would have been a reason for his digging.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  13. Good stuff. I don’t have a dog because where I live I can’t have one. But they are a great family member I love them. It is so important to learn these things you speak of because a lot of people get dogs and then get frustrated because they don’t understand the dog psyche. So if you ae going to have a dog you need to learn about them just like you have to learn how to take care of a human baby the first time. Thanks for the post.

  14. I’m in love with your site, and this article has just gone and topped it off! Although I don’t have a dog right now, I’m pretty keen on getting one sometime in the future. I now know how to stop my dog digging if he/she ever does do this annoyance. I like your idea about giving the dog an area to dig. At least you don’t have to stop it from digging your backyard altogether and it can still have fun.

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Brandon,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article and found it very useful. I appreciate your comment. However, I want to give all due credit to Doggy Dan. I look forward to posting more articles to continue helping dog owners.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  15. Hi Rosa.
    I have a dog and sometimes I get frustrated with him wanting to jump up on me all the time. He just gets so excited and loves affection. Lately it hasn’t been bothering me as much though because I understand now that this is just his nature.
    Sometimes though he chases his tail and I’ve heard that’s not good. Do you know why he would be doing that?

    1. Hi Chadd,

      That could be a sign of a bored dog. But if you see that your dog is obsessed with chasing his or her tail and suspect that there may a problem then you need to make an appointment with your vet. Or it could be a behavioral issue that can be easily resolved. I hope that helps.

      Thank you for your comment.

  16. Great article. I personally never had this problem with my dogs, because they were all kept indoor, but my sister’s dog constantly destroys the heard at her home. I hope she could use your tips.
    I love your site. I don’t have a dog right now, but I am going to buy one when the kids are a bit older. So, I’ll be back. Keep up the good work!
    Cheers, Zbigniew

  17. Great information and awesome site. I have two small dogs and only one of them dig. Sometimes he will dig a small hole outside as if he was looking for something but then he will move on. When he is inside the house, he will sometimes try to hide his special treat either under the blankets or between the pillows but he is really digging, just not in the dirt. Then he will sit there and guard where he “thinks” he hid his treat, even though we watched him hide it. Too funny. Nice post!!

    1. Hi Laurie,

      Your dog is too funny. LOL! I appreciate your comment. I’m glad you found it informative. My goal here to help people understand their dogs and to provide them with the best source available, The Online Dog Trainer.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  18. We have had so many dogs and I wondered about this behavior. Thanks for clearing up my questions and I will forward this information to friends who have this issue or need to know about this site. I have often thought I might only want a cat from now on, just because of some of these problems that come up when we are away. I will be reading up on how to gain their mind first and be top dog, so to speak!


    1. Hi Lynne,

      I’m glad your questions have been answered and found this information helpful. I hope your friends find this article useful to help them with this issue.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

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