Puppies can be incredibly loving creatures, and they're so cute – until they start digging up your backyard, carpet or sofa. There are certain breeds of dogs, such as terriers, that have a burrowing nature and can't help but have the need to dig, so they need an outlet or they will just dig wherever they can when they get bored. Luckily, there are some ways that you can stop puppies from digging so that they don't tear up everything that you hold dear. Here are a few of those ways:
1. Just Tell Your Puppy No!
Your first step in getting your puppy to stop digging is to tell him no. This will interrupt his digging habits. Aside from actually saying "no," you can also clap your hands or use an air horn. The point is to make him stop digging so that he realizes he shouldn't be doing it. Once he stops, give him praise as well as a treat or a toy to replace the prohibited activity.
2. Give Your Puppy More Attention.
In many cases, the reason that your puppy is digging is because he is bored. A bored puppy needs more attention, which means that your puppy needs some quality one-on-one time from his most loved human. Set aside some time each day to spend time with your puppy.
3. Wear Your Puppy Out.
Puppies need lots of exercise, and exercise is going to wear your dog out, which will help to reduce the amount of energy that he has to dig. Tired dogs are going to be far more behaved than energetic dogs. Just make sure that you both stay hydrated if you are playing outside.
4. Make the Garden Less Attractive.
For some reason, your flowers are some of the most attractive things in the world to your dog. It is as if they are just inviting your puppy to come and dig them up. To help prevent this from happening, consider placing some chicken wire just below the topsoil or adding prickly mulch, such as cut up holly or rose trimmings to your garden area. Your pup will come to dig and quickly change his mind about it.
Puppies are full of life, love and energy. They are young and need to be able to live life to the fullest; they do not need to be confined to a doggy playpen when outside. Puppies need to be able to wander around and explore, but you don't want your yard torn up in the process. Hopefully, the aforementioned tips can help you get your pup's digging under control. If not, consider reaching out to your veterinarian or a dog trainer, like DePaul k9 Academy, for additional tips.