How To: Stop Dog Digging

Stop Dog Digging

Dog Digging
Dog Digging


Stop Dog Digging.   Dogs dig when they get bored and are left outside unsupervised.   Digging is  fun for your dog to dig in soft dirt, or red clay, or your new flower garden.   There are many smells to find and the soil is nice and cool on a hot summer day.

It’s not so aesthetically pleasing to your landscape, nor is it safe to walk around a yard full of holes.

So how do you stop your dog digging in the dirt?

That’s the tricky part right?   Well you have to supervise.  When your dog starts to dig you must interrupt, redirect and make sure he’s stopped from digging in the garden.

Some people will tell you a variety of solutions.  Like:

  • putting dog poop in the hole they dig and cover it back up.   The dog usually goes back to the same spot, but chances are he’ll just move to a new hole.
  • Or putting down chicken wire under a layer of soil and pine needled/mulch.  I don’t like this idea as chicken wire breaks and would put your dog at risk of injury on sharp metal edges.

And finally moving to a more corrective measure would include using an ecollar if you already have one to give a quick tap on the collar as an interruption of behavior every time you catch him digging.   The key is no freebies — you have to supervise!  Every practiced opportunity that goes uncorrected gives him hope of trying again tomorrow.

So if you’re leaving your dog outside all day or have a doggie door, the best option is supervise for several days in a row and redirect every time.

Dog Digging
Ellie May dog digging

The most fun solution for your dog is a sandbox of his own.  That’s right, build your digging dog a sandbox.  Teach him to dig there and that everywhere else is off limits.

Let him dig like crazy and get out the urge.