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Digging In Dogs

July 15 2023

Can you believe we’re already a month into summer? This time of year tends to fly by really fast. Our canine pals also enjoy some summer sports. Some of Fido’s favorite activities are really cute and fun to watch. Others? Not so much. If your pup is digging holes in your yard, you’re probably not exactly thrilled about it. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses digging in this article.

Pawsible Causes

Digging is a correctable behavior. However, before you can address it, you’ll need to know why Fido is digging in the first place. Observing where and how your furry friend digs can tell you quite a bit about his objectives. If he’s digging near the fence, there’s a good chance he’s trying to escape, whether to go looking for love or just to find out what’s down the street. Dogs that dig in straight lines are often going after a small critter that’s burrowing under the yard. Your canine buddy may also be digging to bury or retrieve hidden treasures. Other possible options include discomfort, boredom, loneliness, or anxiety.

What To Do

Once you’ve got Fido’s motive figured out, you can take steps to address the behavior. However, no matter why your pooch is digging, it’s important to make sure that he is clean, comfy, and entertained. Fido should always have access to shade, shelter, and fresh water, and he should have plenty of toys, walks, and cuddle sessions.

Now, on to specifics. If you suspect that Fido is going after a vole or woodchuck, use a non-toxic pest control method to evict your unwanted tenant. If your furry pirate is burying treasure, work with him, not against him: get him a sandbox, and let him stash his goodies in that. (The hope is that he’ll leave the rest of the yard alone.) A pup that is trying to escape may need a bit more than that. If your dog hasn’t been fixed yet, get that appointment scheduled ASAP.

What Not To Do

There are also a few ‘don’ts’ to go over. First and foremost, you should never punish Fido for digging. He’s just following his instincts, and won’t understand why you’re angry. That could make him feel anxious, confused, or scared, which could lead to even more behavioral problems. Consult your vet or a pet behaviorist.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON pet clinic, today!