Digging Deterrents Partially bury rocks (flat ones in particular) in noted digging spots. Bury plastic chicken wire or netting just under the surface. Citrus peels, cayenne, or vinegar may wrinkle that nose. If you have a sprinkler system, a motion sensor method can be a good deterrent.
Dogs do not like the smell of vinegar, so it may stop your dog from digging. Simply make a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water and spray in the spots where your pets dig. Some dog’s drive to dig will make them push past the unpleasant scent—and some dogs won’t be bothered by vinegar at all.
Sometimes dogs grow out of digging, but this is not usually the case. Some dogs will stop digging as they get older, but others will not. Some breeds, such as terriers, were bred to dig. While some dogs will not naturally grow out of digging, there are steps you can take to curb the behavior.
Digging in the carpet may be your dog’s way of releasing stress. Certain dogs, however, may dig in the carpet when they are excited or anxious. This can be a displacement behavior, meaning that when your dog cannot perform a behavior he wants to do, he instead performs another.
The phobia can be found in non-herding dogs, too. The coffee grounds phobia seems on par with the lamb, and many people report their dogs and cats have an aversion to the odor.
At the top of the list of smells that repel dogs is the smell of citrus. Dogs’ distaste for oranges, lemons, grapefruit or the smell of same can be useful. Many dogs can be deterred from chewing on items that have been treated with citrus odors.
Mothballs may act as a deterrent to stop some dogs from digging, but they are toxic to dogs and should not be left in a place where a dog can access them. Instead, find a repellant that isn’t potentially harmful to your pet.
Some breeds, such as the Northern breeds ( Huskies, Malamutes ) dig cooling holes and lie in them. On a very hot summer day any dog may dig a hole to cool off. Breeds such as the terriers have been bred to flush out prey or dig for rodents.
An old gardener’s trick is to mix up a concoction of water with a hint of chilli, mustard, or pepper, and spray it around your plants. For something stronger, create a less diluted mixture and spray it around the garden bed and on leaves to also keep away aphids and other creepy-crawlies.
Stress Relief. Digging can be fun for dogs, making it a great way for them to relieve stress. This stress can be created in several ways, but most active diggers are either very bored or suffer separation anxiety. Dogs left on their own for too long, without ways to remain occupied, will often turn to digging.
Ideally, you want to interrupt your dog’s digging habit by first telling him to stop. Use an air horn, handclap, or short, emphatic NO! Then praise when he stops digging, and give him a toy or treat to replace the forbidden activity. Give More Attention.
A habit is something your dog does without thinking about it. It can be a behavior that your dog has always done, or it can be a behavior that your dog has been doing longer than 30 days. “We’ve been told (and I’ve repeated in my books ) that it takes about 21 to 28 days to learn a new habit.
1. Lack of stimulation. If your dog is left feeling bored or lonely, they may start digging as a way to occupy themselves. Digging can then quickly turn from a one-time source of entertainment into a repetitive habit, which they repeat every time they begin to feel bored.
Dogs will dig to warm up their beds in the wild or to find a more comfortable sleeping position, much like how humans fluff their pillows before sleeping. Sometimes, dogs will dig on furniture out of boredom. They may not have enough toys or enough exercise going on in their daily lives to occupy themselves.
Bed -scratching is a natural instinct. Your dog’s wild ancestors scratched at piles of leaves, dirt and pine needles to create a comfortable mound of bedding. In the wild dog’s world, digging and circling shifted sticks, rocks and grass into more comfortable or uniform positions.