Often, the reason behind dog digging is boredom. When it’s not boredom, dogs dig as a response to a primal urge. Seemingly harmless play, digging can be harmful to your dog if he digs under your fence to let himself out of your yard. Digging poses a serious risk in such events. Your dog can cause significant property damage with digging left unchecked. Left home alone digging as he pleases, your dog turns a once-beautiful garden looking like a mess.

Knowing Why is Necessary

Why is he giving in to the urge? Find out the triggers to your dog’s behavior so you can appropriately address them. Average dog owners such as yourself, can do that. Deliberately observe your pet for a week or two. If you pay enough attention, you will note what causes certain behaviors. Note the digging motivations. Watching your dog carefully will allow you to recognize signs of their digging urge.


If clearly an overeager digger, your dog may be suffering from boredom. Walk your dog around the block. Hour-long rigorous exercises daily positively channels your dog’s hyperactivity and keeps him content. Because they’re working animals, dogs innately have extra energy supplies. Dogs need to spend that energy.

If your dog is fond of garden-digging, there are a variety of explanations for that. Gardens have plenty of curious scents. Plantings have manures and these smells are very attractive to a dog’s heightened olfactory nerves. A selection of herbs and flowers carry a variety of scents through the air and can get your dog to dig. Dogs find plenty of entertaining things in the garden. Plants are often more than enough to attract undesired attention from dogs. When this is the case, use a sprinkler that’s connected to the end of a water hose.

When the dog wanders off in the garden and begins digging, spray him with water. The dog has to associatee the water with the spray and not you. Seeing you having anything to do with the water spray could only make him stop digging when you’re there to notice. When a dog thinks the sprinkler’s spraying him, he’s not likely to dig when he notices it in the garden.

If this fails, give your dog a break and assign his digging spot in the garden. Like you would a child, give your pet a doggie sandbox. Get some bones or treats and bury these on the designated digging spot to encourage your dog to dig there only. Start by only half-burying your treats so that the other half sticks out and your dog notices it. Drill this behavior into your dog by play-acting and ordering him to dig the treat up. If he starts digging outside of the area, lure him back there.