How to stop it or control it
There are a number of reasons why
dogs dig. Depending on why your dog digs, there are ways to stop it, or, at least, control the
area where he digs. There are some breeds of dogs that are more prone to digging because they've been bred to dig.
Terriers and dachshunds are bred to go after vermin is a good example of this. It may be more difficult to keep
them from digging. You can solve the problem by giving them their own digging
If your dog digs in your garden,
he may be doing it because he's bored, or because it's just a fun thing to do, or because he likes the smells of
the fertilizer or the plants. There are a few different ways to discourage or prevent your dog from digging in your
- The most obvious way is to
put a fence around it that is strong enough and high enough to keep your dog out. You may have to have the
fence start from 6 to 12 inches under ground to prevent your dog from digging under the
- You can turn on a sprinkler
when your dog approaches your garden. That requires you to be continually watching your dog when he's
- You can squirt him with a
hose or even a good water gun when he approaches the garden. Again, you have to be constantly watching
- You can give him his own area
to dig in and train him to dig only in that area.
If your dog
digs because he's bored, there are some cures for this.
Give your dog more exercise. You may have to have a dog walker do
this if you don't have the time.
Give your dog some outside toy that will keep him occupied for
some time. A "Kong" toy that is filled with something like peanut butter can keep your dog occupied for
Reprimand your dog with a sharp No! and/or
spray him with water when he starts digging. Praise him when he stops digging so he knows that
not digging gets praise and digging gets a reprimand or a squirt of water. This will only work while you're
You can give him his own area to dig in and train him to dig only
If your dog digs under your fence,
it usually means that he's trying to get out. There may be something on the other side of the fence that he wants
or he may just want to go out to see the world.
- If your dog is an un-neutered
male, it may be that there is a female (bitch) in heat not too far away. His drive to get to the bitch is a
very strong one, and you may have to restrain him in a crate or kennel run until the bitch is no longer in
- If your dog just wants to get
out to see the world, you can line the inside of the fence with chicken wire, buried a few inches below the
surface. The chicken wire will keep him from getting out, and discourage him from digging near the
If your dog just likes to
dig, and some dogs do, the best solution is to give them there own space in which to dig. It can be an area in your
yard or it can be a sand box that you can place anywhere including in your garden. You do have to train him that
it's good to dig in the sand box, but it's bad to dig anywhere else. The sandbox should be filled with a mixture of
earth and sand, the deeper the better. You can put grass and leaves on the top of it. You can bury treats in the
sand to get him to dig there and reprimand him if he tries to dig outside of the sand box. Give him lots of praise
when he digs in the sand box.
If your dog knows
what No! means and if he's had obedience training, you should be able to
stop the digging rather quickly. For information on obedience training, click on Dog Training