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How To Keep A Dog From Digging Up Your Yard

By Kerry Mathews

When it comes to a dog digging up holes inside your garden there are 2 extreme schools of thought: One, that a dog is a dog and he’s going to dig, and he must be allowed to express his real doggy nature whenever and wherever he desires; and two, that a flowerbed is reserved for flowers, and if that dog places even one foot in it he is in a lot of trouble.

My opinion is somewhere inside the middle; even though it is a natural thing for dogs to want to dig, and it’s healthy to allow them to do this from time to time, there is no reason that flowers and dogs cannot coexist quietly inside a yard. However, it might take some effort from you to get this achieved.

If you are reading this article, you have more than likely already got a dog digging complication and it’s too late for you to discover that certain dogs like Huskies, Malamutes, and Terriers are notorious diggers. If by chance you’re just doing some research and are about to head off to the shelter to see who’s available, you probably should try to remember these breeds as possible candidates for digging problems.

First of all, let’s explore some of the reasons dogs dig.

* Lack of exercise. A dog may dig to try and burn off nervous energy.

* Boredom. Bored dogs need a job to do, and digging holes can quite often fit the bill.

* I gotta get outta here! A lot of dogs just wish to see the entire world, and the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. These guys are nearly impossible to confine, no matter how much exercise and attention they get.

So how do you stop this dog digging behavior?

Well there are plenty of good solutions to stopping a dogs digging problem. If he’s not getting enough exercise, get more exercise for him. If he’s bored, give him something to do, like playing with you or some toys just for him. Use a natural deterrent.

Dogs hate to dig where there is their own poop – even if they occasionally eat it! (For more information on dog poop-eating, visit the website below) If it can be set up for there to be dog poop where he really likes to dig, that might help. If this doesn’t work, what next?

You are just going to have to supply him with an area to dig, and train him to dig there and just there. There are ways to do this, even if you’ve got a very small yard, or the whole thing is just too dear to your heart to let him destroy!

To learn How To Stop Dog From Digging Yard and many more unwanted behavior complications you may visit my blog for some more great tips, and some excellent resources on initiating your dog into your family. Just Click Here to get some great resources written by expert dog trainers that will teach you how to be the most responsible dog owner on the block.

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