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Dog Digging Up Your Yard?

Tips to deter the digging

The nice weather likely has your dog spending a lot more time outside. Some dogs enjoy relaxing in the sunshine, others just end up bored and getting themselves into trouble – AKA digging holes throughout your yard! If you have a digger on your hands, you know how much damage can be done in a short amount of time. They aren’t doing this with the intent to destroy your yard. They’re likely bored, hot, looking to get your attention, or may smell an animal.

You’re likely not happy with the new holes all over your yard and you’re left wondering, “What can I do to stop the behavior?”

Here are five tips to help stop the digging: 

  1. Get them nice and tired before you leave them out in the yard
    As they say… a tired dog is a happy, well behaved dog. A main cause of digging is typically boredom or built up energy, so the more tired you can get them, the less likely they are to dig.
  2. Deter them from digging in the first place
    If they keep going back to the same area you can try fencing off that area or sprinkling cayenne pepper or spraying vinegar on the spot may deter them from wanting to go over there!
  3. Have distractions
    Give your dog fun diversions such as tennis balls, toys, and dental chews. Just make sure anything you give them they are not able to chew up and ingest.
  4. Keep them cool
    Another reason your dog may be digging could be because they’re hot. Have a cool, shady space for them to rest and if your dog likes water, a small pool may be best.
  5. Provide protection & shelter
    Just as dogs may be digging to get out of the heat, dogs may also dig to provide themselves with shelter from cold, wind, rain or snow. Bring your dog inside often and never leave them outside in inclement weather.

Just remember, your dog is not doing these behaviors to be malicious. Regardless of the reason, don’t punish your dog after the fact. This won’t address the cause of the behavior and will worsen any digging that’s motivated by fear or anxiousness. If you’ve tried everything, keep your dog indoors when you cannot supervise them. 

As always, consult your veterinarian with any questions you may have about your dog or their behavior. We are always here to help!