Why is my dog digging so much?!

Posted by Betty. September 13th 2014.

Is your beloved garden being turned into a muddy mess thanks to your canine companion?

Digging is a problem that many dog owners have to deal with on a daily basis. It can be frustrating and potentially expensive trying to solve this destructive behaviour, but there are a few tips that can help.

Before you attempt to solve the problem, it helps to have an understanding of why your dog is constantly digging up a storm.

Why do dogs dig?

There are a few reasons why your dog might be digging up your garden. The most common reasons include:

  • Boredom
  • Hunting
  • Attention
  • Escapism
  • Comfort

In order to put a stop to this dog behaviour, you need to understand what is driving them to commit it. Some breeds are more likely to dig than others. Terriers and hunting breeds are particularly susceptible to developing this behaviour, for example.

The good news is, whatever the reasons behind it, there are ways to eliminate the behaviour before it gets out of hand.

Digging Dog

Adequate distractions

The number one reason why dogs enjoy digging is because they are bored. Digging is a form of exercise and distraction so if you’re looking to stop the behaviour you need to make sure you are providing them with plenty of exercise. Ask yourself how often you go out for walks and try increasing the length of time you spend out or add an extra walk to your daily routine to keep your pooch happy.

Alternatively, you could even invest in a treadmill and use that to exercise your dog. You’d be surprised how much bad behaviour can be solved simply by increasing the amount of exercise you give your furry friend!

You should also ensure you are providing the dog with plenty of toys. They can get bored fairly quickly so investing in new toys will help to keep their brains stimulated. Training is also an excellent way to keep your dog’s mind distracted so take part in 10 minute training sessions each day for best results.


Extra attention

If your dog is feeling lonely, they will develop behaviours in order to try and gain your attention. Many owners find it hard to understand that even bad attention satisfies their dog.

By getting angry and shouting at them, they are still gaining your attention so they’ll soon learn that to get your attention they need to do bad things! You can avoid this by ensuring you don’t leave your dog alone for long periods of time.

Set aside times to play and bond with your dog. Even grooming them each day is a good way to bond.

Obviously you don’t want to pander to your dog’s every need, but you do need to ensure you are giving them enough attention.

Whatever the reason for your dog’s digging, you need to identify it in order to solve this dog behaviour.

Increasing the amount of exercise you provide and giving them extra play sessions should help dramatically reduce and often eliminate this behaviour altogether so make sure you give it a go.

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