How to Train a Dog to Stop Digging Holes in Your Yard

Posted: May 5, 2014 in Dog Behavior
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Some dogs simply love to dig, it isn’t because they are bored or lack anything, they just like to dig holes because it is fun to do.

In this post we will discuss how to train a dog not to dig up your back yard.

Even if you don’t have a well manicured lawn you still don’t want it full of holes the size of craters on the moon, it is dangerous for people to enjoy the yard if there is danger of twisting or breaking an ankle.

Filling the hole with the dogs own poop, will sometimes work, but really smart dogs figure this out quickly and just dig a new hole.
If you have a really smart dog who don’t fall for the ole poop in the hole routine, then my advice is to provide large doses of mental stimulation for your pooch every day. Basic obedience training is a great way to drain a high energy level dog, and yes, mental exercise is just as effective for draining energy as physical exercise, if not more.

When people ask me how to train a dog from digging holes in their yards I tell them to  make a sand pit in the back yard, a place where your dog can dig without consequence, bury his favorite toys,bones,ect,( let him watch you as you do this, to build curiosity about what you are burying there), and this will encourage him to dig in the designated area.

If he strays back to the yard, ( as they sometimes do, just because the digging ground is different), then bury some chicken wire in the holes just a few inches below the surface. Most dogs will find this very un-appealing, and will return to the sand pit, where the digging is less abrasive.



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