Following on from my last article, where I went through some of the common reasons why dogs dig, I’m going to take you through some of the methods I’ve come across on my journey to stop your dog from relandscaping your yard. All dogs are different though, so sometimes you need to try a few different methods before you find the method that will work for you.
Here are four ways I have tried (and with differing levels of success) to stop Luna, Cynder and Sprocket from digging up the yard:
- Burying their poop: If your dog is prone to digging because they want to try and find things underground then this is something you can try. Bury some of their poop in one of the holes they have dug. The idea is that they will dig it up, think that it’s not that interesting after all and give up on the digging. I’ve tried this one and the Beagle, Luna just went and dug somewhere else.
- Burying a balloon: Another one for the serial diggers out there. Take a balloon, blow it up part way and bury it in the hole. The theory behind this one is that when the dog digs up the balloon they should pop it with their nails and the fright they get will be enough of a deterrent for them to stop.
- Chilli flakes or citronella: I tried these two methods in an attempt to stop the Beagle, Luna and the Border Collie, Cynder from digging along the fence line and in the bark that is there. Both of these methods aim to deter the dog away from the area. The Beagle, Luna was quite fond of chilli flakes, so that didn’t really help but both tended to stay away from areas where citronella was sprayed. We used a citronella oil concentrate which is available from most hardware stores.
- Chicken wire: This was one if the final methods we tried, quite successfully I might add, to stop the Beagle, Luna from digging under the fence and escaping the yard. We got a roll of chicken wire and some metal pegs from the hardware store and cut the chicken wire so that it would cover the length of the fence. The Beagle, Luna had been digging the bark at the edge of the fence so the first step was to rake this back, lay the chicken wire flat along the fence, with one edge right on the fence line, and use the pegs to secure it down. Once this was done along the line we raked the bark back over and you can’t even notice it at all. Now if either of them try and dig at the fence line they hit chicken wire and don’t bother trying to go further.
These methods were all given to me as advice from a dog behaviour specialist. If you are having serious issues with your dig digging then please consider speaking to your vet or getting a dog behaviour specialist to visit to discuss your options.
If your dog is digging to stay cool, then make sure they have somewhere shady and cool to go to beat the heat, even consider a small wading pool, such as a shell pool, with a little bit of water on really warm days, as well as plenty of fresh drinking water and maybe even a Pupsicle or two.. Check out my article on how to keep your pup cool on a warm day for a few more tips.
Your dog may also be digging just because they are bored, if this is the case then make sure they have plenty of toys and stimulation, such as kongs or raw meaty bones, to help keep them occupied whilst you aren’t at home. You could also build them an area where they are allowed to dig, and teach them where it’s appropriate. I’ll take a look at that in a future article.
Is your dog, or has your dog, been a digger? What are your tips to stop it from happening?