Tips to Stop Dogs From Digging Up Your Yard

Digging burns energy. Make sure your dog gets adequate walks, play, and stimulation.

More Exercise

Provide chew toys, puzzle feeders, and interactive play in the yard to engage your dog.

Backyard Enrichment

Give your dog a sandbox or digging pit to satisfy their instinct in an approved spot.

Designated Digging Area

Use fencing, barriers, or leash attachment to restrict access to tempting digging areas.

Block Off Access

Scat mats, chicken wire, or unpleasant smells may discourage digging in problem spots.


Use the "leave it" command when you catch your dog digging followed by praise for stopping.

Obedience Training

If boredom, prey drive, or separation anxiety drive digging, treat the root cause.

Address Causes

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