Dogs love to dig. They will dig to bury their toys, or to have a nice cool place to lie down. They may dig to have a nesting area for the puppies, to get out of the yard, or just for the fun of it. And sometimes they dig out of boredom. If your dog is digging up the backyard, the first thing that you have to do is determine why he is digging.
If he is just digging to bury his toys, then the simple solution is to keep his toys inside unless you are with him while he is playing with them. Put his toys away before he wants to bury them.
If your dog is spending a lot of time outside on a hot day then he will probably want to dig a nice cool hole to lie down in. Keep him cool with plenty of drinking water. You could also put a kiddy pool out there for him. Try freezing some of his favorite treats and toys in a bucket of water. You can dump the frozen goodies out in the yard for him to lick and chew on while he is outside.
If your dog is trying to get out of the yard, the first thing you have to do is fortify the fencing. Check for any weak spots and make sure that you fill any holes. The main reason that male dogs like to get out is to go after female dogs in heat. So neutering often corrects the problem. If your dog is still digging to get out after being spayed or neutered then your dog is probably bored.
Boredom is the one of the most common causes for digging. Make sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise. If your dog has a digging problem, try adding more exercise to his daily routine. Take longer walks, jog, or play more. If you don’t have time during the week to give your dog enough exercise, you can always hire a pet sitter/dog walker to give your dog some fun exercise.
If he just loves to dig for the fun of it, then there a few things that you can try. You can bury his poop in the holes that he has already dug. He will be less likely to dig that up you could also put something heavy in the hole like a bowling ball or some rocks so that he won’t be able to re-dig the hole. Digging can be a fun stress reliever, so if your dog has fun digging you could give him a sandbox to dig in. Put some of his favorite toys in his sandbox to help encourage him to dig there. Be sure to reward him for digging in his sandbox. He probably isn’t used to you rewarding him for digging and we want him to know that it’s good to dig in his box.
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