When it comes to digging, most owners will just brush it off as dogs being dogs. In many cases this is likely true. Dogs simply like to dig. However, not all dog owners want their furry friends digging up their beautiful yards. Also, sometimes digging can be a sign of an underlying issue that may need to be addressed. Some of the reasons a dog might dig include:
- Chasing animals (rabbits, chipmunks, gophers, moles, etc.)
- Out of boredom
- Separation Anxiety
- To cool off
- To bury special items (bones, toys)
- It’s genetic. Some dog breeds such as terriers are bred as hunting animals and are predisposed to go after animals that live in the ground.
- To escape (in a fenced-in area)
Is it Bad to Let a Dog Continue Digging?
Digging is actually a good outlet for a dog to use all their built up energy, so assuming you don’t mind your dog digging up your yard, you really shouldn’t worry. However, if you don’t want them digging in certain spots, you can set up a designated area in the yard specifically for them to dig in. In order to push them towards this spot, try burying treats and toys to hopefully encourage them to dig in this specific area. If you notice them digging in other spots, get their attention and redirect their focus to the area where you’ve hidden the treats/toys. Over time, your dog should realize “this is a good place to dig” and the rest of your yard will be safe.
If you can’t seem to get your dog to stop digging in places you don’t want them to, it may be in your best interest to reach out to a behavior professional who can diagnose any underlying cause of the digging or a dog training expert who can train your dog to stop their destructive digging habits.
Contact Michael’s Pack About Dog Training
Training your dog to stop digging or focus their energy elsewhere can take time and effort. If you want a professional with years of experience to help the process run more smoothly, reach out to Michael’s Pack today through our contact form. We offer dog training in New York and New Jersey.