Why Do Dogs Dig?

Dogs Dig
  • 25 May 2017
  • Pet Wants

As a dog owner, it’s always helpful to understand as much as possible about your pet. Since the Pet Wants team is made up of animal lovers who always enjoy getting to speak with other pet owners, we thought it would be fun to focus on a specific behavior that dogs really seem to enjoy. The behavior we’re talking about is digging.

A Quick Note About Dog Behavior

Before we get into the specifics of digging, it’s worth taking a high-level view of dog behavior in general. Just about anything you can think of that a dog does can be classified as a behavior that’s either an instinct or learned. Digging is an instinctual behavior. And with certain breeds like Dachshunds or Terriers, this natural instinct has been honed even further through breeding done with the goal of digging out game like foxes or badgers.

Reasons Your Dog May Be Digging

While dogs have a natural instinct to dig, there are a number of specific reasons why they may engage in this behavior. The first is they’re bored. If your dog spends long periods of time alone in the yard and you’ve recently noticed increased digging, providing stimulation in the form of different toys can help curb this behavior. Providing different types of stimulation can also help if a dog is digging because it wants to escape in order to find more interesting things to do.

Dogs that haven’t been spayed or neutered have a much higher likelihood of digging due to their desire to go out and find a mate. This is one of many reasons why spaying and neutering is such a good idea.

The next reason a dog may dig is it wants to find a cooler spot in the yard. Ensuring there’s always a cool and shady spot in your yard can prevent this type of digging, as well as keep your dog from being at risk of any heat-related issues.

Digging can also occur when a dog wants to hide a treat. The same is true if a dog catches any kind of desirable scent under the ground’s surface. Finally, a female dog may dig because it’s thinking about creating a nest for puppies. This instinct can occur even when a dog isn’t pregnant.

Now that you have a better understanding of the different reasons dogs dig, you’ll be able to pinpoint the specific driver of your pet’s behavior and take any necessary action.

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