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How To Use The MUTT Method To Stop Dog Digging Problems

By Kerry McIntosh

Digging is a basic behavior issue that more than a few dog owners experience. If the complication is not fixed, digging may make your yard look like a war zone and turn into a hazard for everyone walking through.

Here I will discuss the M.U.T.T. Technique to remedy the situation. The M.U.T.T. Is a method you can definitely make use of for any form of behavior problem. The acronym stands for the steps you should take to resolve the complication: Manage, Underlying, Train and Time.

Manage the behavior. Managing the behavior will not fix the problem, but will prevent the problem from getting worse. Managing the behavior means the dog owner should not provide a chance for the dog to dig.

Figure out the underlying reason for the behavior. Every behavior problem has an underlying reason. The main reasons for digging are: Frustration, boredom, heat and breed.

Is your dog frustrated because he can see another edog or cat but can’t get to it because a fence is preventing it? Is hanging out in the backyard all day making your dog bored? Is the dog hot and digging to find a cool spot? Do you have a dog that is part of a full breed terrier? Terriers have a strong need to dig.

As soon as you understand the main problem you can train a brand new behavior or supply an outlet for your dog. If your dog is digging because of boredom you can give your dog more exercise, bring her to dog daycare or perhaps have a dog walker help out. If your dog is digging because he is hot provide a cool area for him to lie down.

If you have a terrier and feel that your dog really just loves to dig you can build a sandbox and teach her to dig in that area. A sandbox can be built with (4) 6-foot 2×4 pieces of wood and some dirt. Bring your dog to this place each time he begins to dig.

The last T in the M.U.T.T. Method is for time. Give it some time for your dog to change the behavior. If you made a sandbox for your dog it will definitely take some time for him to understand that it is the only area where he can dig.

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