Teach Your Dog to Dig Where You Want It To
Dogs love to dig.
Simply because digging is fun, it's exciting and it is part of a dog's nature.
However, you can teach your dog to dig exactly where you want it to.
Dogs dig for several reasons besides the fact that it is fun. Hot weather and being outside is cause for digging.
Dogs do not have the ability to sweat as we humans do, so digging for some cool comfort is necessary.
A nice big hole is also a comfy "nesting spot" to rest and observe the world.
Terriers were bred to dig. They are hunters of small burrowing prey and by their very genetic nature are diggers.
Interesting odors are another good reason to dig. Maybe an old bone is buried in the yard or something else is creating an odor that smells good to the dog.
Boredom is another good reason to dig, as is curiosity concerning the other side of the fence.
Some dogs dig to escape.
Fear is another reason some dogs dig.
Thunderstorms scare some dogs and they dig in an effort to get away from the noise.
What are some solutions to digging:
If your dog is digging because it is too hot, make certain he/she has a shady area to stay in.
A dog house or some type of wooden or canvas canopy will provide some relief.
A great idea is to provide your dog with a "sand box" under a canopy, where it can dig a cool spot and not ruin your yard.
Dig a fairly good sized hole fill it with play sand and surround it with a wooden frame, bury some toys in it and make a canopy cover.
A treat or two and a nice bone buried in it will only make it more enticing. Change the toys often to make it more interesting.
If your dog is trying to escape, try to figure out why.
If he/she is not neutered or spayed DO IT NOW, as that will more than likely cure the escaping problem.
Puppies that were allowed to roam free in the yard when first brought home, have a tendency to dig out from under a fence, once the yard is fenced it.
A dog's philosophy is "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."
If your dog is bored and you do not have time to walk or play with him/her, hire a neighborhood teenager to walk your dog and play ball with it. A tired dog will not dig.
Another alternative is do not let your dog out in the yard unsupervised and if it starts digging reprimand, it with a sharp "NO."
Do not leave your dog in the yard on a continual basis. Dogs need to be around people, they need love and attention. If a dog cannot be part of your home life, get a fish.
These are just a few ideas that may help curb your digging problem.
Our next topic on dog behavior will be "barking."
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