How To Stop Dogs From Digging
If you care about your grass and the flowers in your yard, you certainly would not want your dog to dig everywhere. Dogs dig holes to find gopher, bury treasure, keep cool, exercise and if they are just bored. Some dogs will only dig a hole when they are alone outdoors and others will dig while supervised. If a dog is playful, it will dig a hole in front of you and when you tell it to stop, it will run and dig in another place. Older people will have a tough time trying to catch a fast dog and stop it from digging holes if it runs all the time. To help reduce a dog’s habit for destroying your yard, you must first give the dog attention so it will not be bored.
If you think your dog is bored, buy it a toy to play with outdoors to keep it busy so that it will not dig. You will not know exactly what your dog would like as a toy, so let the dog decide. Some pet stores allow dogs to walk inside the store, so take your dog there and visit the toy area. Let it browse or show it a toy yourself, if the dog likes it, it will either bite it or play with it. From now on, when your dog is outdoors, give it its dog toy to play with to prevent digging. If your dog begins to dig again, it probably is tired of the toy you purchased and if so, you have to buy another one.
You do not have to spend cash to stop your dog from digging holes; it could want your time and attention. If your dog has tons of energy, take it for a walk and once you get back, your dog will be too tired to dig. If you want to spend time with your dog without going for a walk, play fetch. You do not have to play during your entire time outdoors; just throw the ball when you see the dog digging a hole. You should continue to play fetch to prevent the dog from digging.
Not everyone is quick enough to chase an active dog that digs holes everywhere; however, a rope can help. Get a rope and tie it around the dog’ collar and tie the other end around your belt, then take the dog outdoors with you. You need about 20 feet of rope; this gives the dog enough space to play and have fun while you work outdoors. When you see the dog digging, gentle tug the rope and the dog will stop; you will not have to run after your dog anymore using this technique. You can also use an elastic rope to help reduce the pull against you and your dog.
Digging is a fun activity for dogs and you can allow them to dig freely without messing up your yard. You need to make a place just for digging and train the dog to dig in that spot. A dog will dig whenever you are not around or inside the house, so the best way to protect your ground is to buy a sandbox. You can use the same sandbox that kids play in and once you teach it to dig there, it will bury its toys. This technique will keep the dog from digging up the dirt and grass so just make sure the sandbox is big enough.
A dog digs for fun, so there is no way to stop this habit completely; to decrease it, use a rope, take it for walk, or build a sandbox.