How to stop your dog from digging holes

How to stop your dog from digging holes

How to stop your dog from digging holes

You are probably terrified at the sight of what your yard looks like.  Your dog is having fun, but everywhere you turn, there is a hole and a mound of dirt next to it.  Then the question rises: how to stop your dog from digging holes?  Let´s get down to it. 

Why do dogs dig holes?

Dogs dig holes in the search for petroleum in your backyard.  We're kidding.  In fact, there are several reasons why a dog digs holes, independently of your dog breed.  Let us take a look at some of them before learning how to stop your dog from digging holes. 

  • To make a comfortable bed. When a dog gets too hot or too cold, they will dig in the ground to make themselves a cozy bed to lay on.  If you notice, these holes are usually placed in strategic spots, such as under a tree, bushes, or furniture. 
  • Burying a treasure.  This is inherited from their wild ancestors.  They would bury tasty food safely to come back to it later.  Today, dogs bury all kinds of things, from bones to toys.
  • For fun.  Yeah, we all want to have a little fun and so do dogs.  Terriers especially love digging holes for fun.  When this is happening, you will notice that they alternate from digging and running around the hole.  If your dog is digging for his own entertainment, you will notice holes distributed in random places in your backyard. 
  • Hunting.  If a dog sees a mole or any other animal burying into the ground, he will dig a hole in an attempt to reach the animal.

What are some alternatives?

Knowing the reasons why your dog digs you can better approach how to stop your dog from digging holes.  Please keep in mind that some big dog breeds cannot be trained to stop digging holes.  In this case, take the option of assigning a specific spot for them to do their digging and train them to do so.  Sandboxes are a great option.  Don´t forget to reward wanted behavior.  Other alternatives might be:

  • If your dog is digging to find something he heard underground, start your own hole, place some treats there and have your dog dig for them. 
  • Plan playing and petting activities for your dog if he is too bored. 

The truth is that digging is part of puppy's instinct.  However, it can be controlled and a dog can be trained to better behavior.  Follow us on Dogalize to learn how to better educate your pet.  You will find great information and tips. 

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