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How to Keep a Dog From Digging Holes in the Yard

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Dogs dig holes in the yard for a number of reasons. They may be bored, chasing animals or simply mimicking the digging you do in the garden. To stop a dog from digging holes in the yard, you must address the motives for the behavior instead of punishing the digging after the fact.

Examine the digging pattern in the yard. If the dog is digging in a path, or around trees, it may be chasing animals such as gophers or moles. Call an exterminator to come inspect your yard for pests. Have the exterminator eliminate the pest animals, and your dog will stop chasing them.

Lay large, sharp rocks in the holes your dog digs. Dogs often return to the same holes when they are bored. The presence of the rocks will deter it while you address the motives of the dog's behavior.

Keep interesting and toys outside at all times, and change the toys once a month to keep the dog interested in them. If the dog is digging out of boredom, the toys will divert the behavior.

Walk your dog twice a day, especially if the dog is young or a terrier breed that was bred to dig. Regular walking will give the dog a chance to work off the energy it uses to dig holes in the yard.

Install an insulated doghouse outside. Some dogs dig for shelter or to roll in the cool soil. The doghouse will provide warmth during cold days and shade during hot ones, preventing the dog from digging to fill those needs.

Dog From Digging Up Your Lawn

Instead of giving your dog access to the entire yard, create a dog-friendly area where a few holes won't matter. A simple dog run for outdoor playtime works. Another idea is to have a designated digging zone. Your pup can dig, bury and roll around in the area. Your dog could simply need some attention from its humans. Dogs sometimes dig to get to cool soil on a hot day or for shelter during bad weather. If your dog tends to bury its bones, then swap them for edible treats that it won't bury, and keep them indoors.

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