- Miniature Schnauzers
- Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wear Your Dog OutGive your dog a minimum of 30 minutes of daily exercise. Whether that means taking him on a long hike, or playing an invigorating game of fetch, your dog needs to burn off the energy he would normally spend digging in the dirt (or at your carpet). Pent-up energy from not exercising is the biggest cause of behavioral problems in dogs. If your dog is a working breed, such as a Border Collie or an Australian Shepherd, and he doesn’t have a hard day’s work, he may try to find his own fulfillment by digging up roots or rocks to feel productive. Redirect that energy with extra playtime so your dog is too wiped out to tear apart your flowerbed. Teach him a few new tricks to get his mind off of digging his way to the other side of the world.
Give Your Pup AttentionIf your dog digs when he’s left alone for too long, give him the attention he’s craving. Besides that 30 minutes of exercise, make sure to pencil in a few play, pet, and cuddle sessions to bond like packmates and have fun together.
Control the Escape ArtistIf your dog is digging under/along fence lines, keep these tips in mind:
- Bury the bottom of your fence 1–2 feet below ground
- Partially bury large rocks along the bottom of the fence
- Use citrus peels to line the fence area as many dogs dislike the smell of orange, lemon, and grapefruit