Has your dog turned your yard into a moonscape, with craters everywhere? If so, the first thing you should know is that your dog isn't digging up your yard in spite or a desire to destroy your landscaping. The most common reasons for your dog’s digging habits are:

 

  • Entertainment purposes
  • Chasing Prey
  • Looking for protection or comfort
  • Trying to escape
  • Seeking attention due to high energy levels

 

Step one in solving the problem is to diagnose why your dog digs. Then you can follow advice tailored to your (and your dog's) situation.  Let’s go over the most common reasons why your dog digs, and ways to remedy the situation.

 

Entertainment:  Your dog may simply be bored.  Give your dog items like Kong Classic with Kong Stuff’n, a Dog Treat Maze, or Rawhide Bones.

 

Prey:  Your dog may be doing what he was bred to do.  He may be looking for rodents or other prey.  Spray the common digging areas with Pet Organics No Dig spray to help train your dog to stop digging.

 

Comfort or protection: Your dog may be digging for a place to get out of the sun or weather. Giving your dog a Petmate Indigo Dog house simulates a den and is durable in all weather.

 

Escape:  You can try Using a Titan Tie out stake and Titan Dog tie out cable to keep him in place or use of an electric fence system may keep him away from the fence area reducing or eliminating the chances of escape.

 

Attention/high energy:  Dogs are pack animals and want to be with their “human” pack mates.  Playing with your dog with a Chuck It or Petmate Wonder tug will give them the attention they need while letting out extra energy.

 

Try to find the root of the situation, this will help you to understand why your dog digs.  Once you find out the likely cause, follow the steps above to find out how you can get your dog to stop digging.

 

Have you tried any of these options before?  What were the results?