Dogs love to dig flowerbeds, lawns and underneath fences and cages. It can be a form of play when your canine is bored, or to get some respite from the heat of the sun by exposing cool soil and sitting over it. While your dog may feel comforted, your flowerbeds will suffer a great deal. Digging must be stopped or redirected elsewhere to prevent your flowerbeds from resembling a heaped pile of dirt all the time.
Take your dog for frequent outings during the day. Instead of one long walk, short strolls around the block or to your nearby neighborhood park are enough to expend his or her energy. Take a Frisbee along and encourage the dog to jump around and tire himself out.
Make a digging pit for your dog in your garden or backyard and encourage him to dig there instead of in your flowerbeds. You can make a 6 foot by 3 foot pit with a 2 foot depth. Alter the size of the pit depending on available space and the size of your dog. Insert stakes at the corners of your flowerbeds and extend chicken wire through them to prevent your canine from digging into them. Once denied access to the flowerbed, your dog will look elsewhere to dig.
Select an area in a corner of your lawn, since a digging pit can get quite messy. Measure and mark the pit with powdered chalk and begin digging with a shovel; collect the dirt in a wheelbarrow.
Add a layer of sand to the surface of the pit and mix it in deep. This will help drain rain water, preventing it from becoming a mud bath when it rains.
Encourage your canine to use the pit for digging. Take your pet outside and let him watch as you bury his favorite toys or treats into the pit. Call him to you so he can start digging his hidden treasure. Give him a hug and a loud round of applause when he finds his toys. You can also use a phrase such as “Go dig in your pit” so he associates digging with his exclusive pit only.
Supervise your dog initially as he goes outside and encourage him to go to his pit instead of the flowerbeds. If you find him going towards the flowerbeds, use the command, “Go dig in your pit.”