Digging

Digging

Reasons for digging: bored, trying to cool off, escape, genetics, buries toys or bones,
hunting, anxiety.

1. Figure out WHY the dog is digging.
2. If the dog is bored, give her more exercise and mental stimulation.
3. If the dog is hot, put a kiddie pool out or dig out an area in the shade of cooler dirt.
4. If the dog wants to escape, you will need to figure out why and address that issue.
5. If the dog is genetically predisposed to dig, make a place in your yard that she can dig in, then train her to dig in that spot only.
6. If the dog wants to bury things, make a place in your yard that the dog can dig in, then train the dog to dig/bury in that spot only.
7. If the dog is hunting small animals that are in your yard, block off holes or fences where the animals can enter; remove other rodents that may reside in or around your yard.
8. If the dog is anxious, you will need to figure out why and address that issue.
9. Praise and treat the dog when he is NOT digging, like calmly laying outside or chewing on a bone, etc.
10. Fill the hole with lava rocks covered by an inch of dirt.
11. Fill the hole with black pepper and some dirt.
12. Bury chicken wire fencing one-two inches below the surface with landscape fabric staples, then cover with dirt.
13. Repellent sprays.
14. Until the dog is trained, he will need to be constantly monitored when outside.

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