(Closed) How to get dog to stop landscaping…

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3429 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@star282:  I had the same problem last summer. Our puppies dug holes in the back yard Darling Husband 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
833 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

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
1339 posts
Bumble bee

@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
2094 posts
Buzzing bee

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
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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 # 10
188 posts
Blushing bee

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!!Laughing

Post # 11
982 posts
Busy bee

@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
723 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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.

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