So you want to stop dog from digging? - believe me, I feel your pain. Being an avid gardener myself, I know you don't want to see a hole in the ground where your prize petunias, or that bush of ripe tomatoes used to be. Aarg!
Unfortunately, summertime usually means that Rover is outside for longer periods of time.
And while he's wandering around the yard, there's nothing quite like an attractive flower bed or a luscious vegetable garden to get his attention.
It's just second nature to him to explore all the fragrant aromas and interesting veggie shapes, not to mention the compost!
Before you know it, the dirt is flying. Well you really can't blame him now, can you?
But this behavior and natural bent for digging, can become a bone of contention between you and your dog.
Unless of course you use some devious means to discourage his gardening activities. So listen up.
To keep pets out of garden areas you want to protect....
You could also achieve a similar effect if you
used a cheap toy water pistol, but only if you can be discreet enough to hide where the "squirts" are coming from.
In my mind this is one of the best options because it's a "set it and forget it" solution that works whether you are there or
not. It also removes you as a suspect in the "no-dig" campaign!
Plus, it can deter other unwanted intruders that may happen into your unattended garden. So you get a two for one punch.
Not only does this stop your dog from digging and ruining your victory garden, but he is also being protected from other varmits that often show up in these areas - moles, mice, gophers, snakes and the like.
You may have noticed that your dog gets into his digging mischief at a fairly predictable time of day. If this is the case -
lucky break - you now have an opportunity to break the "dig" cycle by choosing this time to take him for a walk. A long walk.
Tired dogs are less likely to have the energy for or need of, more adventures.
The odor of the spray is Citronella based and is one that most dogs don't like. This tool is not a punishment, but a diversionary deterrent and is very effective in preventing unwanted behaviors in addition to digging.
Lastly, if Rover likes to play games, you can divert his earth doggy activities by offering him the alternate stimulation of a game, or training session.
Some dogs just get into unwanted behaviors out of
boredom. And once they start, one crime usually leads to another.
So now you have a few tips on how to stop dog from digging, what are you going to do? Try them out for gosh sake and send me some of those great veggies you've saved from destruction!