Positive Digging

How to manage dogs who dig digging.

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA,
November 22, 2011

In a recent episode, I talked about how to get your dog to stop digging. But here’s a quick tip if your dog just plain loves to dig.

Set aside a piece of ground large enough for his whole busy self, and mark it off with a low garden border fence or a line of flat stones. You might want to choose a location where you already know he likes to excavate.

Give a couple of bones, chews, or favorite toys a shallow grave, bring your dog over, and let him go to town. You can dig at the ground a bit yourself, to help him get the idea. If he starts digging in some other spot, gently interrupt him and lead him to his digging pit instead.

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Then check out The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet!

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