Preventing Digging in Dogs

Elmhurst Animal Care Center provides veterinary care and other services for pets of various types. Additionally, Elmhurst Animal Care Center advises pet owners on pets’ common unwanted behaviors and possible strategies for dealing with those behaviors.

Among dogs, one particularly common behavior is digging. This behavior, while normal, can be frustrating to pet owners, since it can be destructive. Certain types of dogs are more likely than others to dig holes outside. For example, terriers are particularly likely to dig, as are dachshunds. For owners of these types of dogs and other dogs that dig frequently, there are a number of possible approaches designed to discourage this behavior.

In particular, dog owners should give dogs another outlet for their energy. This includes ensuring the dog has plenty of physical exercise. In addition, the dog needs to have mental stimulation, as some dogs start digging because they are bored. Finally, plenty of quality time with people is important as well. Some dogs might start digging due to feelings of anxiety, and regular interaction with people can control this anxiety. Simply spending time with the dog and teaching the dog tricks can go a long way in keeping digging from becoming a regular habit.