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How to dissuade a digging dog

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Published in Cats & Dogs News

Does your yard resemble a minefield because of your dog’s digging? Certain breeds, particularly terriers and hounds, dig more because it’s in their genes. However, digging is more broadly used as an outlet for frustration when dogs have pent-up energy as a result of a lack of physical and/or mental stimulation. Digging provides a very bored dog with something to do.

While digging is a common issue, it can be fixed with a little time and training. To help owners keep their yards intact, the American Kennel Club offers the following tips:

• A busy dog is a good dog. Provide mental stimulation for your dog through daily play and training sessions. Teach your dog to sit and stay on command. Also, make sure to provide your furry friend with plenty of exercise to release his energy.


• There’s a time and place. If you have a breed that naturally digs such as a Dachshund or Parson Russell Terrier, designate a small digging area in your yard for your dog where the behavior is allowed. Try burying bones or your dog’s favorite toys there to teach him that this is the acceptable place to dig.

• Stay cool. During hot weather, dogs will dig to try to expose cool earth on which to lie so that they can lower their body temperature. Keep your dog inside during the heat so that he doesn’t have to dig up your yard to weather the warmth. If you don’t want to give your dog access to your entire home while you’re away, designate a climate-controlled area with fresh water and toys for your pooch to stay.

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