Stopping my dog digging holes is another excuse for exerting our ways on a breed of dog whose natural instinct in the wild would be to bury the leftovers from the kill, and later dig another hole in an effort to try and remember where it buried the last bone.
Why do we always want our dogs to conform to what we want just because it interferes with our lifestyle. Okay it may make a mess of our backyards or gardens, but then it is a dog after all.
Boredom and an excess of unused energy are some of the main causes of some dogs scratching a hole big enough to start your own fish pond.
A small dog digging holes, like terriers will excavate a huge amount of soil. For many decades they have been used for hunting, badgers, rabbits, foxes, etc, where the prey has gone to ground. These tough little dogs have been put down the holes in an effort to flush out their prey and will even fight their prey often sustaining injuries. Hence where they can’t reach they will try and dig their way further down the hole.
While still a boy I went on many of these hunting expeditions and these dogs just love it. So you can see why many types and breeds of dogs love digging, it has been part of their nature for many decades.
So how do you control these garden destroyers from creating even more carnage?
Provide a fenced area (Like a sand-box) in your garden or backyard where your dog can do what he likes. Bury interesting things (they can be special treats and toys) that your dog likes to get your dog digging holes in that area.
Concrete or pave your dogs exercise space. This is a bit drastic, but it certainly works.
Release your dog from its boredom by giving it things to occupy its mind like special toys they can chew on without damaging their mouths, or provide other distractive pastimes you know your dog likes.
Watch your dog digging holes by noting, in relation to the fence, where it digs. Maybe its trying to escape under the fence. This is not boredom, but wanderlust. There is another reason that some dogs try to escape they can smell a bitch on heat, or maybe the bitch is trying to escape to find a mate.
Certain dogs digging holes use the dugout to find a cool place to rest, so always provide plenty of shade and clean drinking water for them. You can even provide a childrens’ paddling pool filled with water so they can keep cool.
Bury wire netting under the soil or deep down beside a fence to stop them escaping, but never punish your dog for doing something he views as being natural. Distraction is better than punishment.
What ever you think about your dog digging holes, or take on the major task of creating a hole big enough to bury your car in, you have to recognise the fact that virtually all dogs are natural born diggers.
When most people buy a dog their common sense goes out of the window and they fall instantly in love with the adorable puppy in front of them. They do not check if the breed is prone to digging, or any other trait that will make a difference later on.
So if your dog likes digging, let him, but control where he digs and you will have a very happy dog.