Reasons why dogs dig Digging
is instinctive behavior for a dog. Dogs may dig for any of the following reasons They are bored It’s fun They are hot They are trying to escape They are lonely They have excess energy You have put nice smelling (to a dog) fertilizers in the garden If you can find out the reason for your dog’s digging then you can usually find a solution.
To stop the digging try to alleviate the boredom. If you leave your dog alone in the yard for long periods of time provide him with something to do. Leave him with bones to chew or toys to play with. Food dispensing toys are available or you can use hollow bones which you can fill with a tasty treat.
Kong toys, hollow bones and such can be stuffed with a bit of spread cheese, spread meats, cheese cubes, hot dog chunks, semi-soft dog treats, canned dog food, kibble etc. Buster Cubes and similar toys have various compartments inside that hold kibble. Your dog has to roll them around or manipulate them to free the kibble. The dog has to work and chew to get the treat out. If you hide these toys, the dog also gets to enjoy the hunt and seek for a reward. Sturdy chew toys such as hard-pressed rawhide are also popular.
The Lonely Dog can be a digging dog.
It’s no fun being left alone most of the day. Dogs are pack animals and crave company. If you work long hours or are away from home a lot consider hiring a professional dog walker. Ask around your neighborhood as often teenagers will be grateful to earn a few dollars.
Try not to leave your dog alone in the back yard for hours on end. Boredom will surely set in. Bring him inside and let him be part of the family.
The dog is digging to keep cool
In hot weather many dogs will dig a cool hole to lie in.
Ensure that your dog has a cool place to retreat to during the heat of the day or bring him inside. Make sure that he has plenty of water. Another idea is to supply him with a kiddies wading pool. Many dogs just love to splash and play in these and after cooling down will find no need to dig a hole.