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My Dog Won't Stop Digging - What Can I Do?


Lonely, bored, tired of eating that same old stick, then maybe you would like to dig yourself a hole.

When it comes to the canine thought process this could be the reason why Scraps keeps tearing up your finely groomed lawn. This article will help you find the behavioral reasons why your dog digs and offers some suggestions on how to stop your companion's pesky habit.

First and foremost as an owner don't go placing blame on your good friend until you are sure it is their fault. A good way to find out if your dog has been digging is to check its paws and nose for soil or pica. This is a good indicator to see if they have been eating dirt. In this case consult a veterinarian because there are all kinds of nasty bacteria in dirt that can affect your dog's health. Another full proof method to find out if your animal is the culprit is to hold yourself a stake out and catch it in the act. Don't start correcting the problem until you are sure it is your animal causing the problem. Otherwise you might cause the dog more anxiety than it has already endured from watching some other animal dig up its master's lawn.

Once you have assessed that it is your dog doing the digging then you need to find out why it is digging. It is instinctual for dogs to dig for a number of reasons: boredom, loneliness, animals in the yard, to cool down, or just for fun. First you can judge by the nature of the whole and where it is located why your dog is digging. If your dog is digging next to the house or in shaded areas then it is probably too hot for it. If it continuously digs up the same spot in the yard then it is most likely a foreign animal and you should thank it for the early warning-gophers and moles can be a gardener's nightmare. If the placement of holes is sporadic then it is not receiving the stimuli or attention that a dog needs.

After you've come to a conclusion why your dog is digging then you can try some of these suggestions to help thwart its efforts. If it is an animal causing the problem then you should call an exterminator or animal control to handle the matter. Building a dog house or adding a pet door can give the animal the comfort level it needs while you are away. The more difficult digging scenario to mend is the digging out of boredom or digging for fun case. Do not, I repeat DO NOT, physically punish your dog as this will teach the animal nothing except disrespect for humans which can lead to biting and other misbehavior. If your dog is digging out of boredom try giving it a tasty alternative such as a rawhide bone. It is a common misconception that dogs bury their bones. More likely if they are digging for a bone it is because they can't remember where they left. So give them the treats where they can find them easily. If toys and chews don't work then try exercising your animal more often throughout the day. It could be that they aren't expending enough energy and need some kind of outlet. If these simple methods do not work then you might have to get creative. One method is to bury a piece of chain link fence where the dog has been digging-it will not like this rubbing against its paws. You can also bury a balloon or sneak up on it with a paper bag; the popping will work as shock therapy. Other suggested methods are burying the dog's feces, mousetraps, or moth balls to deter the animal.

In my own personal opinion the best way to keep the mischief down in an animal is to give them more love than they know what to do with. When you leave them alone they will more curious as to when you will return than with anything else.

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Pet photographer helps Great Falls adoption center find pets new homes - KPAX-TV
Pet photographer helps Great Falls adoption center find pets new homes  KPAX-TV

Cat Food Sold Nationwide Recalled Over Risks To Pets, Humans - CBS Baltimore
Cat Food Sold Nationwide Recalled Over Risks To Pets, Humans  CBS Baltimore

The pet industry's shift towards technology - Axios
The pet industry's shift towards technology  Axios

Reminder: Keep Pets Warm During Cold Months - WBBM NewsRadio
Reminder: Keep Pets Warm During Cold Months  WBBM NewsRadio

Pets prance at Santa Paws 5K :: Out and About at - WRAL.com
Pets prance at Santa Paws 5K :: Out and About at  WRAL.com

PHOTOS: Volunteers help hospice patients continue care for their pets - Statesman Journal
PHOTOS: Volunteers help hospice patients continue care for their pets  Statesman Journal

Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County - WRAL.com
Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County  WRAL.com

Veterinary care for homeless pets - The Columbus Dispatch
Veterinary care for homeless pets  The Columbus Dispatch

Merri And Beau Are Bridgewaters Pets Of The Week - Bridgewater, NJ Patch
Merri And Beau Are Bridgewaters Pets Of The Week  Bridgewater, NJ Patch

Mobile home, pets lost in early morning fire - WVNS-TV
Mobile home, pets lost in early morning fire  WVNS-TV

Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center - CBS Pittsburgh
Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center  CBS Pittsburgh

Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever - Slate
Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

Cat Food Sold Nationwide Is Recalled Over Risks To Pets And Humans - KFSM 5Newsonline
Cat Food Sold Nationwide Is Recalled Over Risks To Pets And Humans  KFSM 5Newsonline

Pets with Potential: Meet Kitty - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Kitty  WCAX

Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans - WCVB Boston
Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  WCVB Boston

Pets turn offices into homes | Living | Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Pets turn offices into homes | Living | Journal Gazette  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say - MLive.com
Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

South Florida’s Pet Detective Jamie Katz Reunites Lost & Missing Pets With Owners - CBS Miami
South Florida’s Pet Detective Jamie Katz Reunites Lost & Missing Pets With Owners  CBS Miami

People are freeze drying their pets after they die: 'They don't want to let go' - msnNOW
People are freeze drying their pets after they die: 'They don't want to let go'  msnNOW

Free pet services give Salem-area hospice patients peace of mind - Statesman Journal
Free pet services give Salem-area hospice patients peace of mind  Statesman Journal

Pet of the week: Titan | Local - Billings Gazette
Pet of the week: Titan | Local  Billings Gazette

Holiday Gifts for your Pets - - KUSI
Holiday Gifts for your Pets -  KUSI

'It's a commitment': Avoiding unwanted pets this holiday season - News3LV
'It's a commitment': Avoiding unwanted pets this holiday season  News3LV

Meet Perfect Pet, Bill Nye! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pet, Bill Nye!  KGO-TV

Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10,000 Pets Needed for Science - Snopes.com
Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10,000 Pets Needed for Science  Snopes.com

Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans? - WTOP
Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

Pets and People: Beagles, beagles everywhere | Pets And Animals - Frederick News Post
Pets and People: Beagles, beagles everywhere | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

Norwich fire damages home, kills 3 pets - FOX 61
Norwich fire damages home, kills 3 pets  FOX 61

Scientists need 10,000 pets for largest-ever dog study - KKTV 11 News
Scientists need 10,000 pets for largest-ever dog study  KKTV 11 News

Fire destroys Lakeville home, leaves 3 pets dead, officials say - Boston.com
Fire destroys Lakeville home, leaves 3 pets dead, officials say  Boston.com

Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too. - Vox.com
Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too.  Vox.com

Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet? - The Washington Post
Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet?  The Washington Post

Pets are Just as Susceptible to the Cold as We Are - KX NEWS
Pets are Just as Susceptible to the Cold as We Are  KX NEWS

Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold - 13abc Action News
Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold  13abc Action News

Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Mo & Roxy - Patch.com
Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Mo & Roxy  Patch.com

Pet owners increasingly turning to CBD for their animals - Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Pet owners increasingly turning to CBD for their animals  Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Best Pet GPS Trackers for Your Cat or Dog - Reader's Digest
Best Pet GPS Trackers for Your Cat or Dog  Reader's Digest

Cute animals on demand: Business makes pet toy look-alikes, fetches celebrity clientele - WCVB Boston
Cute animals on demand: Business makes pet toy look-alikes, fetches celebrity clientele  WCVB Boston

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 13, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 13, 2019  OregonLive

Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

CBS3 Pet Project: Why Size Matters When Adopting - CBS Philly
CBS3 Pet Project: Why Size Matters When Adopting  CBS Philly

Fish and Game issues Wildlife Alert for wolverine attacking pets - KTVA
Fish and Game issues Wildlife Alert for wolverine attacking pets  KTVA

3 pets were killed in a Finley fire. A family was left homeless - Tri-City Herald
3 pets were killed in a Finley fire. A family was left homeless  Tri-City Herald

Tips to keep your pets safe in cold weather - CNYcentral.com
Tips to keep your pets safe in cold weather  CNYcentral.com

'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold - NewsChannel5.com
'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

Keeping your pets safe during the winter months - 10TV
Keeping your pets safe during the winter months  10TV

Community: Pet mural project undergoes facelift - Roanoke Times
Community: Pet mural project undergoes facelift  Roanoke Times

Pet News | Lifestyles - Greenville Daily Reflector
Pet News | Lifestyles  Greenville Daily Reflector

Pet of the Week - Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Pet of the Week  Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season - PEOPLE.com
Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season  PEOPLE.com

You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 16-17 - SILive.com
You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 16-17  SILive.com

Dallas Dog Owner Appealing Pet’s Double Designation As ‘Dangerous’ And ‘Aggressive’ - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Dallas Dog Owner Appealing Pet’s Double Designation As ‘Dangerous’ And ‘Aggressive’  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

California Veterans Can Soon Get Free Pets - Military.com
California Veterans Can Soon Get Free Pets  Military.com

San Antonio Pets Alive! waives adoption fees as it reaches maximum capacity - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio Pets Alive! waives adoption fees as it reaches maximum capacity  KSAT San Antonio

Pet owners protest Beaverton veterinarian accused of animal abuse - KGW.com
Pet owners protest Beaverton veterinarian accused of animal abuse  KGW.com

A Security Flaw Lets Hackers Overfill Your Pet's Bowl - Popular Mechanics
A Security Flaw Lets Hackers Overfill Your Pet's Bowl  Popular Mechanics

Nekoosa Police: Couple moved leaving animals behind, several pets dead - WSAW
Nekoosa Police: Couple moved leaving animals behind, several pets dead  WSAW

Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths - CNN
Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths  CNN

Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Birmingham - Detroit Free Press
Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Birmingham  Detroit Free Press

Norman Animal Welfare waiving adoption fees during event for all adoptable pets - KFOR Oklahoma City
Norman Animal Welfare waiving adoption fees during event for all adoptable pets  KFOR Oklahoma City

Pet of the Weekend: Meet Sunshine! - WBTW
Pet of the Weekend: Meet Sunshine!  WBTW

Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey!  KGO-TV

Adopt pets for free at IACS Adopt-A-Thon Friday night - WTHR
Adopt pets for free at IACS Adopt-A-Thon Friday night  WTHR

Beware the legal ramifications when re-homing lost pets - WHNT News 19
Beware the legal ramifications when re-homing lost pets  WHNT News 19

As Homelessness Surges, Volunteers Work to Keep Pets and Their Owners Together - Los Angeleno
As Homelessness Surges, Volunteers Work to Keep Pets and Their Owners Together  Los Angeleno

More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price - Minnesota Public Radio News
More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price  Minnesota Public Radio News

Albany DA: Justice reforms to burden animal shelters, pets could go back to abusers - Times Union
Albany DA: Justice reforms to burden animal shelters, pets could go back to abusers  Times Union

Cartwright woman loses home, pets to fire - KXII-TV
Cartwright woman loses home, pets to fire  KXII-TV

Florida bill combating abuse of pets as emotional support animals makes headway - ABC Action News
Florida bill combating abuse of pets as emotional support animals makes headway  ABC Action News

Even pets are having a ruff time coping with the #airpocalypse - Times of India
Even pets are having a ruff time coping with the #airpocalypse  Times of India

A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine - The Atlantic
A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine  The Atlantic

Two women arrested after allegedly stealing guinea pigs from pet store - WKYT
Two women arrested after allegedly stealing guinea pigs from pet store  WKYT

Pets of the week: Abandoned by his owner, pretty Marshmallow needs some love - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Abandoned by his owner, pretty Marshmallow needs some love  MLive.com

The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners - The New Yorker
The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners  The New Yorker

Pet of the Weekend: Meet Hazel! - WBTW
Pet of the Weekend: Meet Hazel!  WBTW

Boca Raton pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control - WPTV.com
Boca Raton pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control  WPTV.com

Pet Parade: Oceanview Kennel In Revere - CBS Boston
Pet Parade: Oceanview Kennel In Revere  CBS Boston

Red Cross assisting 8 adults, children and pets after house fire in Springfield - WWLP.com
Red Cross assisting 8 adults, children and pets after house fire in Springfield  WWLP.com

Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people? - WTHR
Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people?  WTHR

Local veterinarians urging pet owners to get their animals vaccinated for rabies, following Otter Tail County case - Valley News Live
Local veterinarians urging pet owners to get their animals vaccinated for rabies, following Otter Tail County case  Valley News Live

Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire - The Denver Channel
Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire  The Denver Channel

Simpson: A visit to Cayuga County's only pet cemetery - Auburn Citizen
Simpson: A visit to Cayuga County's only pet cemetery  Auburn Citizen

Sonny Is Clark-Garwood's Pet Of The Week - Clark, NJ Patch
Sonny Is Clark-Garwood's Pet Of The Week  Clark, NJ Patch

Nominate Your Pet For Scotch Plains-Fanwoods Pet Of The Week - Scotch Plains, NJ Patch
Nominate Your Pet For Scotch Plains-Fanwoods Pet Of The Week  Scotch Plains, NJ Patch

Temple: Firefighters rescue pets from burning home; 6 residents displaced - KWTX
Temple: Firefighters rescue pets from burning home; 6 residents displaced  KWTX

Pets also need protection in cold weather - KSAT San Antonio
Pets also need protection in cold weather  KSAT San Antonio

Dollars and Pets: Improve your cat’s life with a scratching post - The Mercury News
Dollars and Pets: Improve your cat’s life with a scratching post  The Mercury News

How you can benefit from pet therapy - FOX 29 News Philadelphia
How you can benefit from pet therapy  FOX 29 News Philadelphia

Pet bunny experiences rabbit nirvana - Boing Boing
Pet bunny experiences rabbit nirvana  Boing Boing

10 Best Pet Birds — Best Birds for Family Pets - WomansDay.com
10 Best Pet Birds — Best Birds for Family Pets  WomansDay.com

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19)  ABC15 Arizona

Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them - KAIT
Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  KAIT

NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019  NJ.com

Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald - The State Journal-Register
Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald  The State Journal-Register

Loveland’s Town and Country pet shop to close after 45 years - Loveland Reporter-Herald
Loveland’s Town and Country pet shop to close after 45 years  Loveland Reporter-Herald

Danville Police arrest two women allegedly stealing guinea pigs from pet store - WAVE 3
Danville Police arrest two women allegedly stealing guinea pigs from pet store  WAVE 3

California Wildfires Displace Shelter Pets - Mental Floss
California Wildfires Displace Shelter Pets  Mental Floss

Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips - WAFB
Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips  WAFB

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