Many owners come to me with dogs of all ages complaining of their dog digging habits and looking for ways to help them curb this behaviour. One of the good ways to do this is through puppy training classes in Sydney
It is important to make note of the breed of dog also to ensure you understand the dog’s history, level of activity and the purpose each breed was intended for. We post information about different dog breeds under the Dog Breeds category of our blog.
Understanding your dog breed is important because some breeds are more likely to dig than others. For example, terriers are a breed that was intended for hunting underground prey, so they tend to dig a lot more than other breeds.
Once you’ve got an understanding of your dog’s breed, the next step is to monitor your dog closely to really find out the reason for this behaviour.
Dogs are very intelligent Pack animals. They need regular stimulation both mentally and physically and also need to feel part of a ‘pack’ or ‘a family’ to feel safe and secure. If your pup is not comfortable with training with other dogs there are other options than puppy school, you can opt for in-house training with a personal dog trainer.
If your dog is digging because they’re bored, you will notice they dig in different patches without any real consistency.
This type of digging is hard to treat because they enjoy it which makes it a reward. If this is the case you can look at a few different things such as:
Your dog may dig in a couple of specific spots regularly. You may notice these spots either in warm areas or directly underneath shady areas. Why do dogs dig in these specific areas? They’re trying to regular their body temperature.
Your dog may either find their kennel/dog house too cold/hot, may not have adequate shelter at all, or as they age, may find it more difficult to regular their body temperature. Dogs don’t sweat like we do, their only way of cooling down is panting with their tongue out.
If you notice this along with digging, they may be too hot. Even the best puppy school cannot stop your dog from feeling hot or wanting to dig when it is too warm.
Like we’ve mentioned, dogs dig instinctively. We all know that dogs bury their bones for another day. They used to do it as it was imperative to their survival, but now, even with an endless food supply on demand, they still carry this instinct. Puppy training classes in Sydney can help curb this habit into something more desirable.
Monitor your dog and figure out what they’re burying first. If its food, in particular, it can be fixed relatively easily.
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