Do you find your backyard resembling a minefield, with holes and craters created by your furry friend’s enthusiastic digging? While dogs have an instinct to dig, it can be frustrating when it disrupts your garden or landscaping. In this guide, we’ll show you effective strategies on how to stop dogs digging, including ways to prevent them from digging under a fence. Plus, discover how Hanrob’s professional dog training services can help if you need expert assistance.
Understanding Why Dogs Dig
Before we dive into the solutions, let’s understand why dogs dig in the first place.
Because digging is a natural behaviour for many dogs, you may not be able to stop yours from doing so altogether—but, by understanding the why, and working with your pet, you can prevent the habit from becoming destructive.
Digging is often a dog’s way of:
Knowing the underlying reason for your dog’s digging can help you choose the most appropriate solution.
So, what does Hanrob Recommend?
One of the most effective ways to stop dogs from digging is to ensure they receive adequate exercise and mental stimulation. A tired dog is less likely to dig out of boredom or pent-up energy. Regular walks, playtime, and puzzle toys can help keep your dog engaged and active.
Create a designated digging area in your yard using soft sand or loose soil. Encourage your dog to dig in this specific spot by burying toys or treats there. Whenever you catch your dog digging elsewhere, gently redirect them to their designated digging zone.
Supervise your dog while they’re outside, especially if they’re prone to digging. When you catch them in the act, use a firm but gentle “No” and redirect their attention to an appropriate activity or toy. Consistency is key in reinforcing this behaviour.
To prevent your dog from digging under a fence, consider installing physical barriers such as chicken wire or dig-proof fencing. Bury the barrier a few inches underground to deter digging.
If your dog’s digging behaviour persists despite your efforts, or if you need expert guidance from experienced trainers, Hanrob’s professional dog training services can help. Our team of trainers specialises in addressing behavioural issues and can create a customised training plan tailored to provide your dog with suitable outlets to focus innate desired behaviours into positive fun training and obedience activities.
What doesn’t work…
Regardless of the reason your dog is digging, don’t:
In conclusion, understanding your dog’s motivation for digging is the first step in addressing this behaviour. By providing exercise, mental stimulation, a designated digging area, supervision, and potentially installing physical barriers, you can significantly reduce your dog’s digging tendencies. Remember that patience and consistency are key in training your dog to stop digging. If you need extra support, Hanrob’s professional dog training services are just a call away, ready to assist you and your best mate!
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