Tuck the Siberian Husky has created a landscape reminiscent of the moon in his owner's backyard. Tuck’s owners previously had a terrier that used to dig up their yard, but they didn't think their Husky would follow in his footsteps. Why are Huskies so prone to digging holes too?
Huskies dig as part of their natural behavior to seek shelter, because they have a lot of energy, and because of a high prey drive. This makes your Husky a triple threat in the digging department! In the Arctic, a Husky would dig a hole in the snow and curl up inside, using the hole he dug as a den. Snow is an excellent insulator, and a hole would protect your Husky from windchill and trap body heat. While he may not have snow to dig in now, your Husky is still just as likely to use your flower garden to dig holes to fulfill his natural excavating instincts. You may not appreciate this, so training your Husky not to dig will be necessary.
Not only is your Husky highly motivated to dig holes to look for other critters, make a den for himself, or just because he is bored, but he is highly efficient at it. His big, sturdy, webbed paws and strong nails make excellent digging tools! He can dig a hole big enough to swallow a small truck in record time. You will want to discourage your Husky from digging up your backyard by managing energy and boredom and giving him alternative choices to entertain himself. Supervision and teaching a 'leave it' or 'stop it' command you can use when your Husky starts digging can also be effective. Some owners resort to negative consequences to correct digging behavior. Because digging is a natural instinct for your Husky, punishing him for it, or creating frightening negative consequence, can be confusing for him. However, your Husky may be putting himself in physical danger from digging, if he is digging under fences and escaping, or digging so deep he uncovers utility lines. In some cases, negative reinforcement may be required.
To train your Husky not to dig you will want to provide your dog with alternate methods of entertaining himself; chew items and toys can provide useful distractions. You may also need to spend some time supervising and correcting your Husky so he breaks his digging habit. Supervising your dog while outside to provide direction may be necessary. Burning off extra energy your Husky may be channeling into his digging projects is also useful, but will require time and effort on your part to provide exercise through walks, play and perhaps by giving your Husky a job to do.