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How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

Is your garden full of holes because of your dog? Wondering how to stop a dog from digging?

You are in the right place!

Rest assured, with a few simple tips you can stop this frequent behavior in our canines.

Here’s how to keep your dog from digging holes in your yard or elsewhere.

1.Understand the reason

There are many reasons a dog can dig holes. And it is essential to understand why your dog is adopting this behavior in order to adopt the most suitable strategy for his specific case.

Here are the main reasons dogs dig:

  • Breed predisposition

Most breeds have been developed to help us with certain tasks. And among these tasks, hunting.

Many breeds have in fact been used for a long time to sniff, track and bring back game (birds, deer, fish, etc.).

Skills that have become over time a real natural instinct, anchored in their genes.

Today, and despite the fact that these dogs have become pets, they still have this need to follow trails, hunt, and… dig.

Among these breeds, we can notably mention the Jack Russel Terrier, the Border Collie, the Dachshund, the English Setter, or the Golden Retriever.

  • Boredom

The boredom in dogs, as in humans, is always a source of stupidity.

Because what do we do when we are bored? We are looking to occupy ourselves!

And when there is nothing to do, we usually turn to unsavory options.

It is the same with dogs.

If a dog is bored, it will always have a tendency to develop inappropriate behaviors like chewing, destroying, and digging holes.

  • Weather

A hot dog will always seek shelter to cool off. Just as if it starts to rain, it will seek shelter.

So, if your dog is left in the sun in the middle of August, without shade, it will always try to find places to cool down.

And when there is nothing for it, digging the earth is the last resort.

  • Hide its food

Hiding food to protect it from thieves and saving it for later is another natural instinct of dogs.

And where is the best place to hide its food? Underground, in the garden.

  • Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety is a behavioral disorder that involves a dog that can not stand being away from its master.

This stress related to the absence of the loved one can cause inappropriate behavior, even knocking, such as excessive barking, or the fact of digging holes.

  • Escape attempt

Another reason your dog digs holes is the desire to run away.

It could be from something interesting that is on the other side of the fence, revealing an urge for adventure, or even boredom.

If your dog is digging holes near your fences, then it is very likely that it’s trying to escape the house.

  • Lack of physical stimulation

Boredom is a lack of mental stimulation that can cause a dog to dig holes in the vegetable patch.

But the lack of physical stimulation is another reason that can explain this behavior.

Indeed, when a dog suffers from an excess of energy, it will always seek to exert itself and relieve its frustration through activities such as chewing on objects or digging holes.

  • The fear

The fear can push a dog to dig, to take refuge in a hole he can not retire elsewhere.

Among the frequent phobias, we can cite the fear of thunderstorms or the phobia of fireworks.

As a rule, loud noises frighten dogs trying to protect themselves by taking cover.

2.Using a natural repellant to prevent a dog from digging

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

Once you understand the cause, you can begin to strategize for your dog.

If your dog is digging holes because it smells enticing or arousing its curiosity, you can use deterrent scents.

You can especially sprinkle the places where it likes to dig, a small amount of cayenne pepper.

Once your dog sniffs this pepper, which irritates its nostrils slightly, it will tend to stop digging into the area.

Here are other ingredients that may deter your dog from digging:

  • Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruits)
  • Coffee grounds
  • Lemongrass essential oil
  • Anti-chewing spray

+ A word from the veterinarian: “Before exposing your dog to any natural repellent, it is recommended to talk to your veterinarian who will know if this element can be dangerous for your animal. “

3.Block access to your dog

Obviously, the most effective way to stop a dog from digging is to prevent it from accessing the area.

So, if your dog persists in digging in a specific area, you can protect that location with a wire mesh, gate, or fence.

Another option is to purchase a baby gate for the steps leading up to where your dog tends to dig.

In this way, your dog will not be able to leave the area which is authorized for it, to go on the grass or in the vegetable garden below.

Fences are a popular solution to keep dogs from digging in vegetable gardens and flower beds.

+ Canine Behavior Expert Tip: “When choosing a fencing solution, consider your dog’s breed. A low fence will likely prevent a Chihuahua from entering. In contrast, a large dog, such as a Cattle Dog or German Shepherd , will need a much higher fence. Some dogs will also not stop because of the fence and will dig holes upstream to go under. For these dogs, anti-runaway fences exist. You can buy them in specialty stores or on the Internet and on sites like Amazon. “

4.Create an area dedicated to this activity

Instead of letting your dog choose where to dig in your yard, why not decide for it?

To do this, all you need to do is create a digging area just for your dog.

For example, you can provide a sandbox.

To encourage it to dig in this area, consider hiding some treats or toys, so that he naturally wants to go there.

By regularly hiding rewards in this dedicated digging area, your dog won’t want to dig anywhere else!

Also, and if your pet persists in digging elsewhere, reorient its behavior using a training technique called ”  positive reinforcement  .”

To do this, move your dog to the area where it’s allowed to dig when it digs elsewhere and reward it when it starts digging holes in the dedicated area. The reward can be treats or hugs.

Do this every time to associate this place with a positive experience.

5.Teach it basic commands

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

By teaching your dog basic commands like “  Don’t move  ”, “stop” or “  sit ”, you will be able to more easily prevent it from digging if you catch it in the act.

On the other hand, once you’ve asked your dog to stop digging and it has obeyed you, consider redirecting its behavior to another activity, such as playing.

6.Stimulate your dog

Physical and mental stimulation is essential to prevent your dog from letting off steam in your yard out of frustration, excess energy, or boredom.

More so, stimulating your dog daily and enough is necessary for it to be healthy, balanced, and happy.

To do this, you just need to take the time to meet its needs.

Take it out daily, spend time playing together, teach it new tricks, go for a walk, socialize it, go to the park… Anything is good for spending your dog’s energy and stimulating its mind.

If you don’t have time to exercise your dog, consider hiring a pet sitter or asking a loved one for help.

In addition, and during your absences, give your dog the opportunity to take care of itself. This can be, for example, through occupation games, such as a lick mat.

+ The veterinarian’s advice: “Not all dogs have the same exercise needs. Some dogs should enjoy long daily walks, while for others short outings are sufficient. A greyhound, for example, will not have the same needs as a pug. An older dog with osteoarthritis will also need to avoid strenuous exercise, while a healthy, prime great dane will be able to withstand longer distances. To find out what your dog’s needs are, consult your veterinarian. “

7.Change soil

Dogs prefer to dig on soft ground, such as dirt or sand.

If the soil in your garden is too hard, your dog will naturally avoid digging in that spot.

So, and if it is possible for you, cover the area where your dog is digging with a hard material, such as wooden planks.

You can also lay pretty stones on it to deter your dog or add a decorative element that it cannot move.

8.Solving the problem of separation anxiety

Is your dog too attached to you? it may miss you so much when you’re not around that it lets off steam on your garden when you leave it alone.

This extreme attachment is called “separation anxiety” and is a common problem in our canines.

Behaviors associated with separation anxiety include:

  • Do its business where it shouldn’t
  • Perambulate
  • Barking and howling
  • Chew or be destructive
  • Dig holes

If your dog is an anxious digger, the solution is simple: Solve the problem of separation anxiety!

In general, this is about teaching your dog to appreciate (or at least tolerate) being left alone.

There are also a wide variety of natural solutions that help relieve separation anxiety in dogs.

One of the most popular is that of calming treats.

Solutions include calming sprays or leaving unwashed clothes at home that smell like you.

Once your dog’s separation anxiety has resolved, it’s highly likely that its tendency to digging will too!

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

9.Reassure your dog

A frightened dog may have a tendency to dig a hole for protection.

If your dog digs holes occasionally, observe its surroundings.

Maybe it’s just scared.

This could for example be due to a loud noise such as a nearby lawnmower or fireworks.

If your dog is digging holes because it’s trying to hide, the first solution is to take it to safety.

To do this, place it in a place where it feels safe and move it away from the noise or phobia in question.

In the longer term, teach your dog not to be afraid anymore, through positive reinforcement.

10.Check that your dog is not pregnant

Is your dog pregnant?

If so, digging holes may be related to nesting behavior.

Indeed, shortly before giving birth, a pregnant bitch seeks a safe shelter for her young. Even if it has to do it herself.

If your pregnant dog is digging a hole, it’s probably trying to create a safe place to hide her newborns.

This is a natural instinct that bitches developed when they were in the wild and that they needed to protect puppies from predators.

So, to prevent your dog from digging holes to find a safe place to give birth, create a comfortable and reassuring area for her to give birth to her puppies.

The easiest way to do this is to use a special box, which your dog can easily get in and out of.

11.Protect your dog from the weather

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

In some gardens, there are patios, shady trees, and all kinds of cozy places for a dog to take shelter when it’s too hot, too cold, raining, snowing, or windy.

However, other gardens are only decorated with grass and bordered by a fence.

If this looks like your yard, this could be the reason your dog is digging, especially if it happens when the weather changes.

If your exterior does not offer any shelter for your dog, he will naturally try to build it on its own by digging.

Don’t want your dog to dig a hole for protection?

The solution is simple! Keep your dog cool during summer days and shelter it during bad weather.

This could be through a doghouse, or simply by tucking it in when it’s raining or it’s too hot.

Be careful, even if your dog has a doghouse, it can still dig.

Indeed, if the doghouse is in full sun, it can be hotter in its hut than outside.

For those who want to spoil their dog, you can also opt for a dog pool so that your pet can cool off on summer days.

You can buy them at pet stores, specialty stores, or on websites like Amazon.

Are you on a tight budget? A large plastic container can double as a dog pool, as long as your dog can fit in.

12.Get rid of rodents

Does your dog keep digging in the same place? it may be trying to dig up an animal that is hiding in your soil.

Here are some examples of common pests lurking in the earth:

  • Marmots
  • Moles
  • the rats
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Lizards
  • The snakes
  • Bedbugs
  • The insects
  • Frogs and toads

And if your curious dog notices a scent, they’ll dig your yard until they find their prey.

Dogs that have been bred to hunt or herd are most likely to dig for small animals in your yard.

This is the case with border collies, greyhounds, beagles, and dachshunds, all of which are dogs with a strong propensity for hunting.

To prevent your dog from digging because of this, the solution is simple: Remove the animal your dog is hunting, and your hole problem is solved.

In general, the best way to keep these pests out of your garden is to remove their food source.

For example, moles will go away if there are no worms to eat.

Depending on the parasite, you may need to contact an exterminator or even an animal control service.

Whatever parasite removal method you use, make sure it is safe for dogs. Many pesticides are toxic to dogs.

13.Do not argue with it, be caring, patient and understanding

It’s not a secret; dogs like to be covered with attention.

If your dog feels left out or ignored, then it may dig holes to get your attention.

And it doesn’t matter whether you scold it or stroke it, if you take care of it when it’s digging, that’s proof of care.

Any action on your part, no matter how negative, will cause your dog to associate digging with a way to get the attention he so desires.

To avoid this behavior, don’t scold and ignore it, trying all of the above solutions.

Once it’s done, praise it for any good behavior that doesn’t involve digging, like playing with its toys.

Also, consider whether you are spending enough time with your pooch.

The days go by quickly and you may not realize that you are neglecting your pet a bit.

If so, take more time for it.

Pet it, walk it, give it treats, play with it.

Even if it’s just spending a TV night together on the couch, your dog will appreciate being around you!

It’s not a secret; dogs like to be covered with attention.

If your dog feels left out or ignored, then it may dig holes to get your attention.

And it doesn’t matter whether you scold it or stroke it, if you take care of it when it’s digging, that’s proof of care.

Any action on your part, no matter how negative, will cause your dog to associate digging with a way to get the attention he so desires.

To avoid this behavior, don’t scold and ignore it, trying all of the above solutions.

Once it’s done, praise it for any good behavior that doesn’t involve digging, like playing with its toys.

Also, consider whether you are spending enough time with your pooch.

The days go by quickly and you may not realize that you are neglecting your pet a bit.

If so, take more time for it.

Pet it, walk it, give it treats, play with it.

Even if it’s just spending a TV night together on the couch, your dog will appreciate being around you!

How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

How to train an Alaskan Husky to the best? This dog is a hard worker, a breed (or rather, a category) created for pulling sleds and in which the blood of four-legged dogs such as the Siberian Husky, the German Shepherd, and other dog breeds flows.

The Alaskan Husky is a good-natured dog, who has no problems socializing and being in the company of its peers and who gets very attached to the family.

But to train a dog like the Alaskan Husky you need methods and above all a master who knows how to impose themself as a leader and pack leader.

This is the initial step to achieve excellent results, only in this way will we be able to gain the trust and respect of such a wonderful dog. So let’s see some advice on how to train an Alaskan Husky in the right way and what we need to know before adopting a four-legged dog of this type.

Keeping a Husky in the house

When we adopt a specimen of this type we must know its character and nature to understand if we can keep it at home or not. In general, the Alaskan Husky is a dog that is not made for apartment living, it needs space and being outdoors. But above all, it’s a working dog that needs stimuli both from a physical and mental point of view.

If we want to adopt and train an Alaskan Husky we must take these characteristics into account

How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

Husky as the first dog

Is adopting a Husky – or rather, an Alaskan Husky – as a first dog a good idea? Not really, because it is a dog that requires time, effort, and dedication.

The Alaskan Husky is not your typical apartment dog, and it certainly can’t spend all day lounging on the sofa like other dog breeds would. A dog like the Alaskan Husky, as we have seen, must receive the right stimuli and be engaged in activities that put its abilities and skills to good use.

It was born as a sled dog so it is obvious that it is not the classic dog to keep at home and in addition, it needs a pack leader, therefore a master who knows how to put it in line, who earns its respect and knows how to be recognized as a leader. Therefore, those who are beginners and do not know the four-legged world well should not try their hand at the breeding or training of such a dog from scratch.

How to become a Husky’s pack leader

The first thing to take into account on how to train an Alaskan Husky in the right way is precisely knowing how to impose yourself as a pack leader. In truth, this is the first step in the training and education of any four-legged, but the speech is even more true for a dog like the Alaskan Husky.

Know that the Alaskan Husky is a very intelligent dog, receptive to commands and with an iron memory. After all, we are talking about a breed born to pull sleds, so it has a particular propensity to listen and to interact with humans.

The Alaskan Husky needs a master with a firm wrist, who is not hesitant and who knows how to be recognized as a pack leader.

How to do it? We need to be authoritative (non-authoritarian), set rules from when it’s a puppy, give it dry and precise commands, and satisfy its need to be active and in motion. Only in this way does the Alaskan Husky recognize in the master the leader to which to be faithful for life.

How to behave with a Husky puppy

How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

Like all puppies, Alaskan Husky puppies are small concentrates of energy and vitality. From the first months, their great desire to live emerges, that enthusiasm and that desire to discover the world around them that makes us love the little four-legged ones so much.

These energies must be channeled towards a goal, goals and therefore the education of the Alaskan Husky must begin early. Puppies have a supple, malleable mind and it’s easy to teach them basic commands. Which then are the starting point for the actual training, both at home and outside.

The Alaskan Husky is a receptive dog who has no problem learning and learning what we teach it. The best method, as always, is that of positive reinforcement for the dog: associate a voice command with an action, reward the dog when it performs it correctly.

Husky puppy socialization

How to train an Alaskan Husky puppy? Obviously, let’s start with socialization, the first step in teaching the dog to be in the company of other dogs or strangers. Before going out with the dog for a walk, it is necessary to establish the first rules at home and teach the puppy the basic commands. “Sit”, “go”, “come” are the code through which the puppy learns to listen to the voice of the owner, to follow its instructions, and to behave well in the end.

Without these first commands, it will be difficult to manage the dog outside the home, in uncontrolled situations where the unexpected is just around the corner.

The Alaskan Husky is a dog that has no socialization problems. By instinct it packs, it loves to work in a group so basically for such a dog its fellow men are not a threat to be removed or from which to escape. With patience and perseverance, it will not be difficult to socialize this puppy with other dogs.

Train an Alaskan Husky with positive reinforcement

How to train an Alaskan Husky, all methods

When we ask ourselves how to train an Alaskan Husky we must start from the assumption that there are different techniques for training puppies (but also adults). The important thing, however, is to understand the nature of our four-legged dog and then choose the method that best suits its character and personality.

The Alaskan Husky needs a leader, firm and decisive commands, and absolutely must not be treated with anger, much less with violence. The ideal method to train a dog like the Alaskan Husky is positive reinforcement, so associate a command with action but above all with a reward.

With this method, we can teach the dog while still a puppy to do its business at a precise point, which we have previously chosen. In the same way, we can teach it to wear the leash but also to walk beside us without pulling the leash when we are away from home.

The important thing is to avoid punishment, a dog like the Alaskan Husky should not be scolded repeatedly but treated with kindness and with the respect it deserves.

How To Train a Blue Heeler?

Blue Heeler training

The Blue Heeler, also known as the Australian Cattle Dog, was originally bred in Australia to help ranchers herd cattle. They are smart and independent, and they thrive when given a job to do. They require vigorous exercise all day, such as running or swimming.

An inactive Blue Heeler can create a task, which can result in damage to your home, yard, or belongings. Due to their stubborn nature, these dogs require very careful obedience training. Their intelligence, however, makes them very sensitive to training.

As soon as you bring a Blue Heeler into your home, set the rules. Decide what you are allowed to do and what you are not. Don’t neglect these rules. If you ever allow it to break one, like to get on your bed and play, this independent dog will think it has a right to do it again.

Blue Heeler training

Buy or make training rewards for your Blue Heeler. Take their tastes into account. These rewards must be desirable to the dog to teach it to obey your commands. They should be bite-sized and easy to chew so it can eat them quickly and get back to training.

To keep it healthy, consider buying low-fat natural treats at your local pet store.

Create a training program. Blue Heelers really like to work out, and a training program will help it feel busy. Consider two or three training sessions a day. They shouldn’t last more than 5 to 10 minutes so your dog doesn’t get bored. Choose one or two commands to focus on for each session.

Use rewards to incentivize your Blue Heeler to follow your orders. Your dog doesn’t know what you expect of it, and these rewards will help it understand. The reward may direct it to a sitting position, for example, if you hold it above its head and out of its reach. As it extends its nose to follow your hand, its rear end will lower to the ground.

Reward the dog immediately when it moves in the right direction. Don’t wait to do it when it finishes executing the order. Do this several times until your dog begins to make a connection between the verbal command and the movement that causes it to be rewarded. Emphasize the reward with lots of praise. Your Blue Heeler loves to please you.

Stop using rewards as your Blue Heeler improves in command obedience. At first, reward it for moving in the right direction. Over time, the only reward you should give it is for sitting in any way. After that, reward it every three to four times you give the order. Your goal is to get to the point where your Blue Heeler obeys your orders when you don’t have a prize. Never stop using praise as a reward.

How to make a chihuahua stop barking when I’m sleeping?

chihuahua barking

Chihuahuas are small dogs that have big personalities. They are dominant by nature and often bark to attract attention or because they are bored. To avoid barking, you must first establish yourself as the pack leader so your dog knows that you are in control.

Chihuahuas are smart and can be trained not to repeat their old habits. You should never yell at your Chihuahua or punish bad behavior because this can increase the problem. Instead, the key to preventing inappropriate barking is to completely ignore bad behavior and reward good behavior with attention and rewards.

Step 1

Find out why your Chihuahua is barking. Two of the most common reasons for them to bark at night are because your dog is scared or wants to get attention. Noises can scare small dogs and they will bark to protect themselves and you.

However, if your Chihuahua starts barking the moment you leave the room, this will likely be a yell for attention.

Step 2

Teach your Chihuahua the word “quiet.” Say the word firmly when barking during the day to get attention or out of boredom. Ignore your dog if it continues to bark, and reward it with attention and gifts only when it stops.

Keep practicing this command until it understands what the word “quiet” means and responds to it.

Step 3

Get your chihuahua to exercise before going to bed. Take it out for a long walk for it to get tired. You are more likely to go to sleep quickly if you are tired.

Step 4

Make your dog feel more secure by securing the room in which it sleeps. Put up curtains or blinds so it can’t see out. Put its bed in a dark corner and keep a piece of your clothes on the bed to encourage it to lie down and feel calm.

Step 5

Keep a box of its toys in the room so your dog can entertain itself if it wakes up. Chihuahuas need a lot of stimulation, so choose intellectual toys that will prevent them from getting bored and barking. Select dog puzzles and other toys that will make your dog work for its reward.

Step 6

Turn on the radio if your Chihuahua doesn’t like being left alone. Sound can help you feel more secure and can calm you down.

Step 7

Firmly say the command “be quiet” to your dog before going to sleep.

Step 8

Ignore their barking at night. This can be difficult, but responding to your dog will only apply bad behavior. Your dog will eventually realize that its barking is not catching your attention and will stop.

Step 9

Keep ignoring your Chihuahua if it barks again the next morning. Don’t respond to it when you wake up until it stops. Giving it lots of praise when it’s quiet imposes the idea that it will be rewarded for being quiet.

How To Train a Black Lab?

How To Train a Black Lab?

According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever is an intelligent and versatile breed of dog that is excellent at obedience training and is used for search and rescue, drug detection, and services. The Labrador comes in three colors, yellow, chocolate, and black, the latter being the most common color.

Step 1

Begin training as soon as possible while the puppy is still young. Start with a simple command like “sit.” Hold a dog treat above its nose and move the treat slowly towards its tail.

The rear of the dog should be lowered by allowing its nose to follow the treat. Give it the treat  as soon as its butt touches the ground and say “Good sitting!” Repeat the process until the dog sits down on the command and the treat is no longer needed.

Step 2

Use the black Lab’s foraging instinct to teach it to fetch items. Wave a ball in front of the dog’s face to attract his interest. Throw it a couple of feet away. If the dog is interested, it will go for it. Clap your hands and run in the opposite direction encouraging it to follow you.

Don’t run after the dog if it tries to run away from you; keep clapping and running in the opposite direction to attract the dog. Throw the ball as soon as the dog releases it near you to continue the game.

Step 3

Accumulate commands to “sit”, “down”, “still” and “here” by teaching it commands such as “give the leg” and “turn”. While the dog is sitting up, hold some treats in your left hand and use your right to stroke its paw. Say “paw” or “say hello” when the dog raises its paw and you touch it with your hand.

Reward it with the treat. Repeat until the dog paws you when you order it. For the “turn” command, stand in front of the dog with a snack in your hand. With the treat, have your dog follow your hand as you move it in a circle around it and say “spin” as the dog turns.

Reward when they have completed a circle and repeat until the snack is no longer needed.