If your dog has a a tendency of digging up your garden then you need to take quick action and try and make him more friendly and mannered when its around your garden. Give your dog alternative activity that will help maintain his behaviour in your garden. You see for a dog to dig is instinctive. You can’t really get it totally out of his system. Gardens are a wonderful playground for dogs. They can’t resist digging up moles and rodents, and especially the smell of some roots drive them crazy and they will dig until they find the source of the scent.
Here are a few dog training tips to keep your dog mannered around your garden:
Usually when we are working in the garden our dogs see this as a game. He will also start digging around where you work and just can’t dig fast enough to get to the prize. It’s cute to see but destructive to your plants. Have your garden hose ready with the sprinkler attached.
Get up slowly and turn on the tap to full blast. The water will gush out onto him and he will stop digging. You will have to persist a few times with this. In a while he will think it is the sprinkler who is unhappy with him and not you. He should stop digging after a while.
If your hose does not do the trick then you can always invest in a good long distance water pistol. You need to follow your dog around the garden while he is digging in various places. Aim at it’s head, taking care not to squirt too much water into his eyes. As soon as he starts digging, squirt onto his head. Do not say anything, just keep on squirting every time he digs. Here again he will think it’s the water telling him to stop and not you.
Does your dog seem hyperactive or does he chew destructively? He could be bored and then he could be digging without really chasing anything. You need to take him out of his surroundings for a least an hour to two hours a day. Dogs need change of sights and smells to stimulate them mentally. Try to build up a sense of expectation in your dog for his long walks with you. He will tend to rather wait to get out than dig up your flowers.
If all else fails, give a piece of terrain to him. Make his “sandpit” really interesting by burying all sorts of treasures like bones and toys, old tires and anything he can dig up. When you help him find his treasure, you need to be super enthusiastic and dig some up yourself. He will love it and will also gradually leave your garden alone. So to Stop your dog from digging in the garden need not be difficult, it just takes lots of love and patience for you to be rewarded with an intact garden.
Pets can be trained to treat garden walkways, trees and shrubs like they treat furniture and hallways in your home. If you expect them to have the same good manners in your garden, and your obedience training is consistent this can be very successful for you.