He’s full of energy and spends his days bounding around the house causing trouble. He gets a long walk every day, but while you might be out of breath by the end of it, your dog is still full of energy. You need to find a way to let him blow off steam. You also regularly have guests over and wouldn’t mind showing him off with an entertaining party trick. One such behavior, which would kill both birds with one stone is if he could dig. You could play a treasure hunt game with him. Not only would the digging be great fun and great exercise, but it would also get guests giggling.
If you can direct his attention to messing around outside, hopefully, he’ll spend his time in the house napping. This will bring you much-needed peace and quiet, and protect your home from his mischievous ways.
Teaching your dog to dig isn’t as complicated as you might think. Once he understands what it is you want him to do you just need to find an effective incentive. Food and toys usually do a pretty good job. You’ll then use a verbal cue to give the instruction and he’ll swiftly get to work. If he’s a puppy he should be keen to please and full of energy. You could see results in just a few days. If he’s older and not quite the avid follower he once was, then you may need up to 10 days before you see consistent results.
Succeed with this training and you’ll have your very own yard tool. No longer will you have to get out the shovel and do the heavy lifting yourself. Your trusty canine companion will be able to do it all for you!
Before you can start training you’ll need to gather a few bits. The most important thing you’ll need is somewhere to practice. A nice big yard will do the job nicely. Just make sure it’s your own! A towel will also be required.
Then you’ll need something to motivate him. Tasty treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces should suffice. Alternatively, you can use a couple of his favorite toys. You’ll need to set 15 minutes aside every other day for training.
Once you’ve got all of the above, just bring an optimistic attitude and you’re ready to get to work!