Dogs and digging - Knowledgebase Question

Petoskey, Mi
Question by bbcsandylee
May 5, 2009
Is there any way I can discourage my dogs from digging except to scold when I see them doing so. I have filled holes and they keep going back..I have heard that cayne pepper is a deterent? Please help!!

Answer from NGA
May 5, 2009


Many dogs love to dig, sometimes just for fun, sometimes to excavate a place to curl up in the cool soil. Have you considered one of those "invisible fences?" You could then decide what parts of your yard you want dog-accessible, and what you want to protect. It does require some work to train the dog, but it's do-able. That's the route I'd take if I were you. Otherwise, you can do things like lay down chickenwire over the beds to make digging difficult (this works for cats, anyway), or install fencing. If you are willing to take some time to train the dogs -- and they are willing to obey! -- you could install some low, temporary fencing to put around her garden, and train the dog to respect the contained areas as off limits. I think problems arise because dogs can't distinguish what's OK to dig and what's not OK to dig. (And they gotta dig!)

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