So your dog won’t quit digging, huh? For the longest time mine wouldn’t either. Dogs, like people, get board. When this happens, some dogs find that the most entertaining activity is to tear up your yard until it resembles a battlefield, equipped with its own trenches. When my husband and I first moved into our house, the previous owners had taken a lot of pride in their landscaping. The grass was lush and green, and all the plants were well kept, making it really enjoyable. Unfortunately, it only took our hyper two-year-old lab mix, a couple of months to completely destroy the sanctuary. Anytime we’d leave her alone, even if just for a few hours, we’d come home to find the yard a little more dug up. Then finally my dad gave me some great advice.
Put the Poop in the Hole.
What!? What kind of advice is that, I thought when he first told me, but then I stopped to think about it and it made a lot of sense. Nobody likes poop. Not even your dog. Ok, well, some dogs like poop, but not usually their own poop. Most the time they like cat poop, but that’s beside the point. The point is, put the poop in the hole and they’ll stay away from it. Just keep doing this till your dog gets the whole digging urge out of its system.
Also…Get your Dog Some Toys.
Get your dog some nice chew toys, like a big meaty bone when you leave. That way your dog has something better to do with its time then ruin your beautiful yard. Trust me this can go a long way. Next time you’re out and about stop by Pet-co or some other pet supply store and pick something up for your pup. The extra expense is well worth it.
Finally…Try not to Leave your Dog Alone.
Dogs, like people, are social animals and they get sad when they spend too much time alone. I realize we can’t be with our animals around the clock, but if you can’t be with them most of the time maybe you should consider finding a better home for them. When dogs are sad, or board, or angry, they can get destructive and take it out on your grass, but if your dog tears up your yard every time you leave, not out of distress but like it was a hobby or something, try putting poop in the hole.