For many puppy owners digging can quickly become a problem. For most dogs the instinct to dig is bred right into their make-up. It can be difficult to stop a puppy from digging, but it can be done.
The first thing you need to do is try to figure out what the puppy is
digging for. Is it boredom, to cool off, to bury bones, trying to escape or
do they just dig because it is fun? The reason the puppy is digging can
affect the way he is taught not to dig.
Many puppies dig to amuse themselves. When this occurs, the best thing to
do is ignore the digging and find a distraction. Find toys for them to play
with, become active in playing with them or take them for a walk. There is
no need to scream or shout at them, simply remove them from the situation
and get their attention focused elsewhere.
Give them lots of praise when they are playing, showing that digging gets
you nothing, but playing like “this” gets you love and praise. This may
seem too easy, but you have to remember that puppies are just young and
they have a lot of curiosity and energy to explore with. It is up to their
owners to make sure they find the appropriate ways to explore.
Many unwanted behaviors can happen due to puppies being bored and digging
can be one of them. If you are gone all day and leave the puppy outside to
his own devices, then digging may be what he comes up with. To stop puppy
digging due to boredom, you need to find things for him to do while you are
out. Toys that hide treats or food in them are a good way to keep him
There are many quite challenging ones available and they will give the
puppy something to search for and “dig” for. In this way you are
controlling his natural tendencies in a way that you can deal with.
Walks are imperative to stop a puppy from digging. On a walk he can get the
mental stimulation and physical activity that he may be trying to satisfy
by digging up your yard. Taking him on several walks may be the release he
Another factor can be the puppy’s diet. Many puppy foods rely heavily on
fillers and this can cause hyperactivity in a puppy. It may be that you
need to switch to a better puppy food one that relies on protein as its