Can You Dig It?

If the surface of your yard is covered in holes and craters due to your dog’s constant digging, this may be due to a number of reasons such as: it’s hunting for critters and buried treasure; needs a cool place to lie in; needs an escape route under a fence and many more possibilities.

Dogs enjoy playing in and digging up yards, which are soft as opposed to soil that is hard-packed, such as soil that has been recently tilled for planting. When you leave your dog in the yard to exercise they may take the opportunity to start digging, which is one way of burning up excess energy.

Dogs dig as a stress reliever; this activity helps them “get it out of their system” and effectively process their anxiety. Canine nervousness can be caused by neglect, a newborn, a new home, or simply meeting new people. All are potential tension triggers and digging is a dog’s coping mechanism. Still, this is a destructive habit.

There are several methods to consider in deterring your dog from digging up your yard such as: fencing off areas that have recently been tilled for readied for planting; placing chicken wire on top of plant beds; and escorting your dog on his excursions, then preoccupy him with a game of fetch or hide-and-seek.

Earth-dog breeds such as Parson, Jack Russell, Carin, and Westie like to hunt and exterminate vermin such as moles, voles and groundhogs. Terriers and
Dachshunds are bred for hunting vermin and that includes chasing into holes to extract them.

Certain breeds of dogs have a genetic urge to hunt and kill critters, so until you can eliminate them once and for all, it may be prudent to walk your dog on a leash until the critter problem has been rectified.

If you own a dog that is naturally heavily coated such as Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds or Alaskan Malamutes, the summer months can be brutal for them.

What these dogs like to do is dig themselves pits in shady areas, where the ground is moist. You may counteract this behavior by providing alternative methods of keeping cool such as a wading pool filled with just a few inches of water or simply keep them inside an air-conditioned home when it’s extremely hot outside.