Stopping Your Dog from Digging Syracuse NY
New Paltz, NY
APDT # 75687 ITC graduate May 2009
Dog Training, Dog Behavior Specialists, Clicker Training
My business is fairly new, but I have been studying behavioral science, learning theory, and working with both companion and rescue dogs for the past 2 years.
I am a graduate of Peaceable Paws Intern Academy Level 1, and will be graduating Level 2 in August 2010. I am currently working toward certification as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer
6 years. Prior to starting my business I was a veterinary technician
1 year and 4 months
Certified by Animal Behavior College. Received my internship with Biscuits and Bath in NYC. Volunteer of ASPCA in NYC and Elmsford Animal Shelter in Westchester NY.
New York, NY
Stopping Your Dog from Digging
Isn’t it a huge pain when you’ve just planted a gorgeous garden and your furry friend of the house comes along to dig it all up? Or building a new fence to find that Spot already knows how to get around (or more literally, under) it?
Dogs are instinctually driven to dig, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train them to respect your yard.
First of all you should ask yourself why your dog is digging. Is he bored? If this may be the case, look into investing in more chew toys or treat dispenser toys that dogs have to play with to get food out of. Hiring a pet sitter to walk your dog may be a good idea, or hiding their food in small amounts around the house to keep them entertained at breakfast time.
Aside from boredom, stress may be making the dog misbehave. Before you proceed any further on fixing this behavior, ask yourself if there are any recent changes in your lifestyle or home life that might be making your pet act up. Are you remembering to take him out often enough? Are there any other stresses that may be affecting him? If you still aren’t sure about what the problem is, try these tips to getting them to stop digging.
The most obvious method that people use to try and stop digging is to catch their dogs in the act and scold them. While this may work while you’re around to enforce it, many dogs will just wait until their owner is gone and go right back to digging.
A better idea is to make your dog think you are not involved in the consequences they receive after they dig. One of those methods is to go purchase a squirt gun and shoot them in the head when you see them digging. They won’t realize the discipline is coming from you, but they certainly won’t like the water to the face.
A similar idea to this is to have a sprinkler set up near the area your dog likes to dig. If you can, turn on the sprinkler when you see your pet tearing up the ground. This works especially well if you can leave on the sprinkler for short periods of time while you are away. Once again, they will not realize where the harsh response is coming from; they’ll just know they don’t like it.
One really good trick to keeping your dog from digging is to place their own feces in the holes they like to dig. Dogs do not like the smell of their own droppings (remember, it must be THEIR feces, not any other dog’s), and will refuse to dig in the hole anymore if they smell them.
If you are having problems with a dog digging under a fence, make sure there are no gaps in the fence. Lay down concrete in any holes or put chicken wire from the bottom of the fence to the ground. If there are no gaps, consider laying concrete blocks along the bottom of the fence.
Digging is a huge pain and certainly doesn’t improve the aesthetics of your yard. Remember to keep your puppy entertained and find ways to encourage him to play in positive ways over destructive ones.
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