Your adorable pup loves to dig for so many reasons, but none of which are to purposefully destroy your beautiful garden. Dogs like to dig to find a cooler or warmer place to relax, to bury their valuables like food, bones, and toys, to hunt prey like moles, groundhogs, and gophers, but most often dogs like to dig because they think it’s fun.
To keep your garden flourishing while your pup still gets to scratch their natural itch to dig, try implementing one or more of these strategies:
Provide climate options for your dog.
Wherever your dog likes to hang out, try to provide warm and cool options for them to choose from. Make sure there are shaded and sunny areas outside and try to allow as much indoor, climate-controlled time as you feel comfortable. A big, sturdy bowl of water also helps keep your dog comfortable whether inside or outside.
Give your dog plenty of exercise.
If you wear out your dog, they will have less energy to get mischievous in your yard. Every dog is different, so get to know their personality and exercise them as much and as often as they need to feel satisfied and better yet, worn out!
Rid your yard of pests.
Because dogs sometimes prey on furry, underground friends, use pet-friendly solutions to make sure your yard is free of moles, groundhogs, and gophers.
Designate a digging area.
If all else fails, it might be time to designate a small area of your yard for your dog to enjoy their digging obsession. Fill the area with loose soil or sand and hide their favorite dog toy(s) for them to find. Reward your dogs with treats when they dig in the appropriate areas. If they dig in other areas not designated for them, firmly use a phrase like “No thank you” and then walk them to the designated digging area.
Supervise outdoor time.
If your dog’s free spirit cannot be tamed, it’s a good idea to let your dog into your yard when they can be supervised. It’s not ideal, but both your dog and your garden will be able to share your yard happily.
Good luck and remember, no matter what you are training your dog to do, or not do, positivity is the key to a successful relationship between you and your pet.