Wo-Wo! That’s Chinese for Woof! Woof! It’s Bella the Brat and I’m just trying to show off a little. I’ve been learning a TON lately. Another thing I’ve learned since arriving at my forever home is that my parents do NOT like my brother, Toby, and I, to DIG! Even outside! I guess this is something humans just don’t like us to do. You know how I know this? Because my older bother, errr, brother, Toby the Terror, is a born digger. He just loves it. And I understand. It is a natural behavior for us dogs. Keep reading if you’d like to learn my advice on how to stop a dog from digging.
How to Stop a Dog from Digging:
- Don’t try to stop the behavior entirely. Like I said above, digging is a natural behavior for dogs, so attempting to stop it all together just isn’t going to work. The best way is to redirect the behavior.
- Supervise your dog when he/she is outside. This just makes sense, right? Watch us while we’re out and you can correct us if we start to dig in an area we should not.
- Protect your garden or other area with a fence or border. A nice, decorative fence could be enough for us to get the hint that you don’t want us to dig in that space. This is an easy solution on how to stop a dog from digging.
- Raised garden beds can help protect your plants. We are usually smart enough to realize that a raised area is different from the rest of the yard, and most likely avoid the raised section.
- Teach your dog that you do not like the behavior. Whenever you see your dog digging, say “No” in a firm voice. If that doesn’t work on it’s own, then lead your dog away from the area after saying “No”. This is an important tip on how to stop a dog from digging.
- Startle your dog. A loud noise or spritz of water are sometimes all it takes for us to get the idea. It will catch our attention and make us stop.
- Redirect the behavior. Tip #7 on how to stop a dog from digging is to give your dog a designated area where digging IS allowed. That way, we all win! Your dog can get his digging instinct satisfied, and your garden or lawn stays intact.
- Bury toys in the designated area. Oh, I REALLY like this idea! It sounds like a lot of fun!
- Correct your dog’s digging behavior. When you see him/her digging outside the designated area, say “No” in a firm tone, then lead him to his special digging zone.
- Reward for good behavior. When your pup goes to the special spot to dig or play, let him know he’s doing a great thing by giving him a special treats. We LOVE treats!
- Be consistent. OK, you’ve probably read this before. The best way to train your dog on how to stop a dog from digging is to stay consistent. Correct bad behavior and reward good behavior. Easy-peasy!
Bella’s Bottom Line: When thinking about how to stop a dog from digging, just remember, digging is just part of being a dog. We most likely will never completely stop digging. But if you reward us for digging in a special dig-zone, and correct us when we are in a no-dig zone, we will catch on pretty quickly and we’ll all be happy!