If your dog has suddenly decided to start digging under the fence, it's time to put an end to the digging. You don't have to get rid of your dog, but you do need to put a stop to the behavior. This is particularly true if your dog is able to dig out of your yard. Once it gets out into the world, it could be lost, injured, or even killed. Here are four steps you can take to stop your dog from digging under the fence.
Make Gardening a Solo Project
If you usually have your dog with you while you garden, it might be learning to dig from watching you. To stop the behavior, have your dog stay inside while you work in the garden, especially while you're digging holes. Go ahead and let it join you while you're raking, or taking care of other chores in the yard, but avoid letting it see you digging in the yard.
Lay Down the Law
If digging under the fence has gotten out of control, it might be time to lay down the law. Create a situation where it's impossible for your dog to dig out. Go down to your local home improvement store and purchase heavy-duty plastic landscape sheeting. Place the plastic sheeting on the ground along your fence line. Secure the plastic sheeting with gravel. Your dog will no longer be able to dig along the fence line.
Have Him Neutered
If your male dog refuses to stop digging under the fence, it might be trying to find mating partners. If your dog hasn't been neutered yet, it's time to have that taken care of. Neutering your dog will remove its desire to mate, which should alleviate it's need to dig out of the yard.
Create a Dig Zone
Some dogs are just born to dig. Unfortunately, if you happen to have one of those dogs, nothing you do will stop it from digging. If that's the case, you can create a dig zone for your dog. Fence in a small area of the yard, and designate that space the dig zone. Give your dog some time each day to relax and dig in the yard.
If your dog has decided to dig for freedom every chance it gets, it's time to take matters into your own hands. The tips provided here will help eliminate your dogs need to dig under the fence. Be sure to talk to a veterinarian, such as those found at Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic, about other ways to keep your dog in the yard.Share
15 December 2016
Do you know the types of diseases that are most likely to cause death in dogs? My name is Anne, and I have owned several dogs in the my lifetime. I enjoy training, playing with, and caring for dogs of all sizes and breeds. Throughout my time as a dog owner, I have discovered that there are several illnesses that are common causes of death in dogs and that some breeds are more likely to get these diseases than other breeds. This blog will explain various common deadly diseases in dogs and give advice about how to prevent and treat these illnesses.