You spend weeks and months every year ensuring your yard is well looked after and looks great in those summer months. So when you walk downstairs in the morning and you see what looks like a bomb has gone off in your yard, well then you’re not too happy. Of course, it’s your canine friend who has a rather annoying habit of digging holes. Whatever you seem to do, he seems to find a way around it and all your hard work in the yard is undone. Instead of seeing grass when you look out the window, there is just a sea of craters.
You need to train him to stop digging holes for your sanity. You don’t want your hard work in the yard to all be for nothing, plus you don’t enjoy the mud he brings back into the house afterward.
Training your dog not to dig holes will require a number of different steps. First, you will need to find an effective deterrent to make him think twice before he starts digging. You’ll also need to motivate him to not dig holes using some mouth-watering food. You’ll then need to channel his energy into something more productive. If he’s a puppy and this habit is in its early days then you may get a handle on it in just a week. If this something he’s been up to for many years then you may need a month to finally kick the habit.
You need to succeed with this training, otherwise, your once clean carpets will be brown forever. Your partner may also have a heart attack if he goes into the yard again and sees any more holes. Today is the day you declare war on your dog’s favorite pastime.
Before you can get to work you’ll need to go out and collect a few bits. Your dog's favorite food broken into small pieces or treats will be needed. You’ll also need some chewy puzzle toys to redirect his energy.
Citronella or water spraying deterrence collars will play a part in one of the methods. Apart from that you just need time to be vigilant and catch him in the act each day.
Once you’ve got all of that, it’s time to head out into the yard and put an end to the digging!