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Anyone know a way to get a dog to stop digging?

my dog is a little over 4 months old an started digging in the back yard. we (husband and I) are renting our home and can't afford our puppy destroying it.

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Whenever you are trying to change any behavior in your dog the golden rule is to be consistent! Make it very clear to your dog what is, and is not acceptable behavior.

Once you have determined the likely reason for your dog's digging, you must then pinpoint the solution. Below is a list of proven techniques. If applied correctly they will help to control your dog's digging problems.


•Give your dog lots of exercise, including heaps of physical and mental stimulation. Your dog's energy must be burned off in one way or another so why not channel it into something positive?


If your dog is always digging in order to bury a bone, don't give bones! Substitute with chewing toys like rawhide bones.

•Confine your dog when you can't supervise him. Place him in a crate, kennel run or indoors whenever you aren't around to spy on him. You'll need to do this until you have fixed the digging problem.

•Blow up some balloons and bury them in the area your dog likes to dig. When he strikes a balloon, the noise of it popping startles your dog. In some cases the negative association this produces is enough to stop your dog from digging in the future.

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•If you are able to be around your dog for a couple of days, you could have some success with this method. Whenever your dog starts to dig, reprimand him and spray him with the hose. Again this method produces a negative association to your dog each time he digs. You must perform this reprimand every time your dog starts digging holes for it to be successful.

•If your dog has a favorite spot he likes to dig you can bury some chicken wire just under the surface of this area. When your dog starts to dig he won't like the feeling of his paws scraping along the wire. I've used this method myself, and found that it worked well for my dalmation puppy who loved to dig!

•This one doesn't sound very nice but is a very popular and effective way to stop your dog from digging. What you do is fill up the holes your dog has created, adding some of his poop (feces) to the filling. Most dogs are really put off by this and won't attempt to dig again. Some trainers advocate feeding your dog pineapple before performing this technique. Apparently the pineapple smells terrible when mixed with the poop.

•Some dogs just copy what they see their owners doing. So if you're working away in the garden, suddenly your dog may be interested in doing the same! Such dogs may need to be confined while you are working in the garden. This is probably another form of attention seeking behavior.

•If you've got the room a great solution for both you and your dogs is to provide them with a digging area. You can actually encourage your dog to dig in this designated area. Fill it with nice soft sand and bury some of your dog's favorite treats in it. Most dogs figure out that if they want to dig, they must go to this area. Check out this video which clearly shows how to create a digging area for your dog - dog digging box.

•If your dog is digging under the fence it may be worth filling in all the holes in and under the fence. By blocking these outside distractions or triggers you take away the visual temptation that your dog may be trying to ge
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Thank you that's very helpful :) and it's a she lol
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I like the chicken wire idea CJ, thanks for the info.
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You guys are very welcome :)
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Do not use balloons on your dog!!!! They are a choking hazard and can seriously affect the GI system.
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Put a collar on him and tie a board a little bigger than a broom stick so it hangs down in front of his front legs it will keep him from digging when your not in the yard with him, you can take it off when you are, and he can run and play like a dog had one digger this worked after about a month he got the idea. the diameter of board we used was like I said a little bigger than broom stick and maybe 16 inches long

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And that's called Animal Abuse!
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No it's not! He's still able to walk and do what he has to do, just not interested in digging as he's hindered, if I tied him to a pole in the yard you'd call that animal abuse too?
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Lots of soft cloth like toys, no bones or toy bones, give him round balls and round chew toys. Discipline! always stop him as soon as you see him digging, saying " NO DIGGING- BAD BOY!" but never after the fact, they will not learn and will become stressed and afraid if you punish them for something that happens hours ago because they simply do not retain or connect what you are mad about now with what happened in the past. Good luck! Play with him often in the yard playing fetch with his toys, like a frisbee

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Tell him to stop digging

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You can use cayenne and red pepper mix. The strong smell deters them from wanting to dig. Adding a little vinegar helps.

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Then the pet needs a vet to wash eyes, throat etc. That's for a wild annual. Not a pet.
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when you let it out..leash it in one certain area..every time..at least the digging will be contained..

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The balloons mentioned earlier sounded reasonable. The needs a negative reaction to its digging. I've also used mousetraps to break them from garbage cans,getting on the furniture,and staying out of flower beds. It will sting but not hurt them. They learn quickly!

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Cover his play area in cement!

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Put mittens on his paws it gets babies to stop scratching.

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