How to get your dog to stop digging in in the yard?

dog ​​digging in the yard

Do you have a garden where you like to spend time with your dog? Awesome! However, if a dog digs in the yard, it can quickly ruin the mood of hobby gardeners. We explain why your four-legged friend digs in the garden and how you can get rid of this habit!

5 reasons why a dog digs in the garden

Whether it’s a flower bed or lawn, most gardeners want to protect both from holes. However, many dogs like to plow through the soil with their paws. Why do dogs like to dig in the garden so much? We have collected various causes of digging.

Dogs are mouse hunters

Many dogs have hunting instincts in their blood and many prey animals live underground. Now there won’t be any badger or fox dens in your yard, but maybe a mouse’s nest or two. Molehills also invite you to dig.

The dog digs its nose into the ground first to pick up the tantalizing scent trails. Then the dog wants to come closer. To clear the way for the muzzle, he has to, you guessed it: dig!

Especially varieties like the terrier and Dachshund love to dig holes.

Hunting instincts can also make it difficult to go for a walk. Find out everything about Anti-Hunt Training.

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Gardening? teamwork!

Do you plant flowers in the ground? Of course, your four-legged friend wants to support you. That means: digging deep! Your dog proudly gallops through the yard with a dug-up tree in its mouth, are you going after it?

Keep taking a deep breath! Gardening is a hobby that also has many charms for dogs. Digging in the ground encourages many dogs to join in. Freshly loosened soil is particularly attractive for digging. This makes teamwork really fun, at least for your dog.

Speaking of gardening and plants: inform yourself about it in this article poisonous house and garden plants for dogs.

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A bed in the flowerbed

Making a hole in the ground is one of the primal instincts of many animals. In the winter a pit protects against the cold when it snows and in the summer it is pleasantly cooling. Some pregnant or bitches in heat also tend to dig a ‘nest’. In any case, the point is that they can make a natural daybed labeled ‘self-dug.

Does your four-legged friend dig a pit in the summer? Read our tips for hot summer days: coolness for the dog.

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Hide snacks

A dog that digs in the garden also likes to put down a stock here. Often this need is limited to certain chews. Some dogs bury the bones after chewing them for a while. Others bury the treat right after they get it and then dig it right back up to enjoy it to the fullest.

Some dogs also hide snacks in the yard that they don’t like. This often makes the once unwanted snack with the right garden flavor interesting: weeks later they dig it up again to enjoy it after all.

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Your dog is bored

Often inappropriate behavior draws attention to another problem, such as boredom. “Door open, dog out” isn’t a good idea when it comes to entertaining your dog. Dogs that don’t have enough to do keep themselves busy.

Digging in the garden is exactly what your dog needs. It’s fun and the owner often gives the dog what he wants: attention. Even if this happens, for example, through swearing. Boredom digging can happen naturally in conjunction with chasing mice or hiding bones.

Nibble on objects and a lot of barking is also one of the behaviors that many dogs display out of boredom.

Despite the cute look, a painful sight for many hobby gardeners.

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Teach your dog to stop digging in the garden

First, make sure your dog has everything he needs: a comfortable bed and plenty of exercise.

Especially for hobby gardeners: Practice gardening together so you can keep your dedicated helper busy.

When gardening, you have two options: Consistently forbid help and leave the dog nearby or on a leash.

The second option is to involve your dog in the work by giving him tasks. For example, practice small tricks in between or give your dog a ‘digging corner’ (see below) for him alone.

Tips against digging in the garden

Your own digging corner

If your dog digs in the garden, a digging corner is a good fall-back option for all owners. Provide a sufficiently large digging angle in your garden. When your four-legged friend starts digging, bring him to his digging corner.

You can make the corner more attractive by doing some digging yourself at the beginning or by hiding a small treat or food for your dog here.

However, there is no guarantee that your dog will take the job. Especially in young dogs, the chance is not great.

No to digging

As soon as your dog digs in the yard, give the taught stop sign such as “no” or “stop” and stop the digging. However, for long-term success, you need to stop digging everywhere from now on. Because digging while walking also promotes hunger.

Important: this technique, depending on the dog, requires a lot of patience and consistent training. Because every sense of success, whether on the road or at home, reawakens the digging instinct. As is often the case with dog training, so is digging in the yard: dogs that have a lot to do learn faster and more sustainably.

Protection for flower beds

If you want to relax in the garden, but your four-legged friend is a passionate digger, you can protect the beds with a fence. For some hobby gardeners, erecting a fence takes less effort than maintaining a digging ban with a lot of patience. Raised beds are beyond the reach of the four-legged friend and are therefore an alternative.

This way you can nap in the garden with your dog without having to worry that the entire vegetable garden will be turned over after your nap.

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