Ever since I was a tiny little puppy, my humans have received a weekly email from Dogster, with tips and ideas on puppy training. Its usually quite basic advice like ‘don’t forget to socialize your puppy’ or ’how to potty train your dog’ and we usually have all of it covered already. This week however I saw her read the email very carefully – the topic was ‘Four ways to stop your dog from digging’ and if you click the link you can read the whole article.
I was a little concerned at first – I love to dig, and don’t want to give it up anytime soon. I soon realized however, that their advice wouldn’t make much difference and felt quite relieved. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with their ideas as such – but I’m what you’d probably call a power digger and their suggestions probably wouldn’t even scratch the surface of my ‘digging problem’.
I’m a clever pup though, and I do understand that humans don’t want their gardens ruined. So I thought, why don’t I list the advice and tell the humans why its no good and won’t work. Then, I’ll give my own suggestions on what distractions might convince me to keep my paws above ground. Sound like a good idea?
Four Ways to Stop Your Puppy from Digging – and why it won’t work
- Leave Nothing to Bury. Hmm what humans don’t always seem to realize is that although dogs love to bury toys and bones, the digging is sometimes about what you might find. And there is plenty underground just waiting to be found!
- Don’t Leave Your Puppy Outside - Dogster suggest that you should never leave a ‘digger’ outside for more than 15 minutes. My research suggests that in that time I could not only rip up the entire lawn, but also dig my way halfway to China. In my experience you don’t need more than 30 seconds to dig a reasonably sized hole.
- Offer Hydration. Hmmm I guess they have a point here – digging does make me thirsty, but having water available won’t stop me digging anytime soon.
- Keep His Interest. Now this is the best of their ideas, and one that I would actually enjoy. The problem is that humans tend to want to do other stuff whilst in the garden, like gardening or having a cup of tea. Just giving me a toy to play with isn’t gonna keep my interest for long.
I’d agree to stop digging if…
1. I got a sandpit of my own. It would need to be really deep and filled with exciting treats and toys for me to explore and dig out.
2. They bought me a soap bubble machine. I’ve seen them advertised and they look really fab – I can imagine myself chasing bubbles for quite some time before I feel the need to dig again.
3. They played an endless game of fetch with me
4. They arranged a play date with a dog friend
5. They spread out some kibble all over the lawn – I love sniffing out treats!
What do you think dogs – do you have any other suggestions?