Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to get a dog to stop digging holes in your yard?!
We have a fenced in yard that our 8 month old dog loves running around in. Recently though he has been obsessed with “landscaping” (as my DH calls it) by digging holes all over our yard! He has about 5 he is working on now. Thankfully he doesn’t dig near the fence to escape, but rather in the middle of our small-ish yard.
We sometimes take him out on a leash to have him stop, but even then he will start digging until we tell him “no!”
We have a nice yard and don’t want it to be all dug up!
Post # 3
@star282: I had the same problem last summer. Our puppies dug holes in the back yard DH filled them in with sod and literally a few minutes later they were dragging it all over the yard. I have to stand outside and wait for them to do their business and call them in. spraying them with a water bottle helped. We have them in obedience classes and they are learning the “leave it” command. we’ll see what happens this spring LOL
Post # 4
If you can’t break his digging through obedience (which is what we used), then you can also give him a spot to satisfy his need to dig. A plastic kid pool filled with dirt/sand and buried bones/toys will work. If he digs elsewhere, re-direct him back to his spot. I guess some obedience work will be needed, but at least both parties will be happy! 🙂
Post # 5
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Most dogs dig because they are bored or have no other productive use for their excess energy. I would start with wearing your pup out via several long walks a day and making sure he/she gets lots of playtime and attention from all members of the house. Also, a good basic obedience class and lots of at home practice will also help. The mental work of obedience training can help wear the pup out, too.
Post # 6
@star282: The dog sounds bored. Needs to be walked. Getting out and being walked is very different from just setting them out in the yard.
Post # 7
Walk him like crazy and wear him out. Dogs, especially young ones, get bored very easily and therefore get destructive. You need to find things to occupy his mind, otherwise he will resort to digging
Post # 8
Yep sounds like boredom, more exercise, toys, treat balls, kongs etc will help and I know it sounds gross but if you put a bit of your dogs poo in the hole before covering it in it will stop him redigging the hole!
Post # 9
@Birdi: We has our dog in basic and intermediate class and the leave it command definitely helps! The only thing is getting him to not dig in the first place….lol. Thats funny they dragged the sod everywhere! I can’t imagine ta the time it was though lol!
@leembee: I really like this idea! Once there isn’t as much snow in our yard we will def set this up!
@StevieJo: I think i might try that! ha
Thanks for the advice everyone! Although we don’t just set him out in the yard for exercise. He either gets walked 2-3 times a day or goes to doggie daycare and lots of attention, as well as he just graduated from intermediate obedience class! (proud mama!) The other day when he was digging was when he came home from being at daycare for 8 hours playing and literally passed out on his dog bed. I had to drag him outside to use the bathroom and when I looked there he was digging before laying down next to his work! I think it must be a smell or something he is trying to get to?
Post # 10
They usually smell a critter they want to get to, like a lizard or mouse underground. My terrier has taught my big dog the joys of “landscaping”. They are hilarious. My big dog is the tractor, she does the heavy lifting by moving the big heavy rocks and then the little guy digs at a fast and furious pace. It sucks, but I just keep filling the holes back in. I can’t get too mad at them, they love it so much!!
Post # 11
@star282: Can you get him a sandpit to dig in instead? I read online that if you hide toys/treats for him thoughout it, his attention may move to digging in the sandpit rather than the garden/lawn.
Post # 12
What type of dog breed is it? Does his breed have a need to dig, find things , etc? With some dogs its in their DNA, they have needs they can’t ignore. If you find out what his needs are you can make appropriate games for him to satisfy his needs.
And yes walk him. I think you can find on the internet how long walk what breed. Walking for dogs is a dog pack thing. Walking allows the dog to zone out and go into dog pack mode. They need it. Your his pack leader so he will think walking with you every day is cool.
Post # 13
@chica95110: He’s a goldendoodle. Not sure if its his breed or not though but he always seems very proud of his work. The “leave it” command works well, but getting to not initially do it is the hard part!
He does get walked several times a day on long walks. He loves it and it always tired out after.