How To Stop A Dog From Digging – An Expert Guide:
Dog owners are always looking for ways to protect their pets from being bitten or scratched. There are many things one can do to prevent a dog from digging up the garden.
One such thing is using a dog dig deterrent like pepper spray. Dogs love to dig and they don’t hesitate to do it anywhere. They are not very good at hiding their activities either. If you have a small yard, then your pet may start digging in the flower beds or even under the patio furniture!
There are several types of dog dig deterrents available online but some of them aren’t very effective against certain breeds of dogs. Some of these products contain harmful chemicals which could cause health problems if ingested by your pet.
Other dog dig deterrents are too expensive and can cost you a fortune.
If you want to buy a product that will give your pet enough time to get away from the area before returning, then there are other options. You can use a shovel or rake to cover the hole and make sure no trace of dirt remains behind.
However, this method isn’t very effective because it takes some time for your dog to clean up after itself and it doesn’t completely eliminate any traces of digging activity.
If you want to find out how to stop a dog from digging up the garden, you should probably consider the following methods:
Scolding – When your pet digs in an undesired location, you should give it a stern “no”. This method is quite effective if you do it every time they do it.
It may not be as effective if you only catch them in the act occasionally though. You can also spray them with water every time they disobey you.
Distractions – If you have to go somewhere that your dog isn’t allowed to go, you can distract it with a toy or treat. Once it is preoccupied with the new item, take it away from the off-limit area one more time.
After doing this several times, your pet should learn that it is not allowed in the area.
Prevention – If you catch your dog in the act of digging, give it a command to stop. If it ignores you, distract it immediately or it will make a bigger mess than before.
Dog Runs – If you provide your pet with an area that is all its own, it will be less likely to dig up your garden or anywhere else for that matter. You can find a DIY guide online on how to build your own dog run for next to nothing.
Electric Fence – If you don’t have the time or money to build a dog run, you can always use electric fencing. This is a great way to keep your pet from wandering off your property and it will also prevent it from digging.
Fencing – A good fence is a sure-fire way of keeping your dog from digging up the garden. Provided it is tall enough, your pet shouldn’t be able to jump over it even if it tries.
Exercise – Another thing you can do to prevent your dog from digging is giving it more exercise. Dogs that are tired are less likely to misbehave in any way.
Dog runs and fencing are probably your best bets when it comes to preventing your dog from digging. Electric fences are an excellent choice if you want to keep your pet confined to a specific area.
Just make sure it can’t come into contact with the wires by digging under or jumping over it.
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