It’s probably every dog owner’s worst nightmare – you come home, expecting to find your dog waiting patiently in the backyard for you to return, only to see your beautiful garden is hardly recognizable and instead resembles the moon due to all the crater-holes your dog has dug while you’ve been away.
Digging is one of the more severe behavior problems seen in dogs, and though you might think they do it just to spite you for leaving them on their own, it often happens because they simply have no other outlet for their physical and mental energy.
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Digging is also a problem that can be prevalent in certain breeds. Terriers in particular were originally bred to dig underground to catch nuisance pests like rats, and for this reason they really love to dig. If you own a terrier breed, then you can certainly expect to experience some problems with digging at some stage or another unless you provide them with adequate physical and mental stimulation through some other means.
Training a dog not to dig is not always easy – partially because it goes against the natural instincts of many dog breeds, but also because it’s generally behavior that happens while you’re away and unable to correct it through close supervision. There is also no singular way to stop a dog from digging – training a dog not to dig involves some trial-and-error as well as taking appropriate steps to prevent this behavior from occurring.
However, if you have the patience for it – or love your backyard enough – you should be able to find a better way for your dog to spend their energy through positive training and a variety of other methods.