A problem dog is quite natural and it can be fun. But in some cases it can become a problem.
I remember a guy who said to me: my dog digs and makes holes all over the garden, it looks terrible, how do I prevent it from digging?
The first thing to do is understand why your dog digs. So we’ll start with this and then I’ll offer you solutions that are both beneficial for your dog but also for your yard.
Why is your dog digging?
Dogs dig for different reasons. In fact, your dog has many different reasons to dig and it is up to you to determine which ones are causing this.
First your dog can dig to control his temperature. In case of heat, it will find a little coolness in its hole. On the contrary, if it is cold, it will be sheltered and will be able to warm itself.
If your dog digs for this reason, you will find him quietly hanging in his hole, warm or cool.
Your dog can also dig to escape from his enclosure or garden. It’s pretty easy to know if your dog digs for this reason because the holes will be close to the fences of his enclosure or garden.
Your dog can also dig to hunt prey. It’s a bit harder to know if this is the reason your dog is digging because it has to be caught in the act. But if this is the case, you will see that your dog is hunting, that he is overexcited and that he has found a scent.
If you think your dog is digging for any other reason you still have two possibilities: he is bored or just because he likes it!
Dog digging to control their temp
If you think your dog is digging holes to regulate its temperature, you simply have to help it out a bit.
There are many possible solutions depending on your budget and crafting skills.
In case of high heat, the first thing to do is to make sure your dog can rest in the shade at least some of the time.
Dog digging to escape
A dog may want to escape from its pen for various reasons, more of which can be found here http://www.bestdogcrates.net/escape-proof-cages/stop-canine-escaping/.
A dog that is not castrated may be attracted to a femal in heat that walks around, he may want to chase the cat or simply lack the psychological stimulation and want a little adventure.
The first thing to do is to make sure that your dog will get back to you quickly if he runs away. You should enter your contact info on his or her necklace or put a small medallion with your personal information on it.
Dog trying to bury stuff
For some dogs digging holes and hiding things is it’s fun activity of the day.
You can try to stop them but in this situation I find it a pity to stop your dog from having such happiness.
Why go against his instinct, there is another solution: a special space for digging. Choose a corner of your garden and make it the designated digging area.
You just have to control the area, to build a kind of sandbox with some wooden boards, concrete or for those who do not like home improvement they can just buy a kids sandbox.
Thats all we have for today. We hope that you have a better understanding of why dogs dig so much.