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May
16
2011

Digging holes is one of the unacceptable behaviors of dogs. Pet parents have to learn to live with the unwanted behaviors of the pet not only because dogs are well loved pets but also because these are innate behaviors of dogs. All dogs dig – a lot. Because dogs do not know that the inclination to dig is an unacceptable behavior, an owner would come home one day to a lawn with crisscrossing tunnels and a dog with a very proud look on the face.

Dogs are affectionate pets that have the desire of pleasing the master and digging holes can be its way of repaying the master for all the love and the care it has received. Although dogs are well loved pets, the owner can’t help but be upset if the dog has the habit of destroying the garden. This problem can be prevented by keeping the dog on a leash but as it is customary for dog owners to want the dog around this would not be a very good option. Would knowing the reasons behind the dog’s unacceptable behavior help? This can be a more effective way to deal with the dog’s unwanted behavior.

Boredom will be listed as one of the reasons why dogs develop the unwanted digging behavior. The undesirable behavior of dogs always list boredom as one of triggering factors. Dogs are not only energetic, they are social animals too. Not giving the dog opportunities to let off steam and opportunities to interact with the family or with other dogs will result to one bored dog that has the propensity to be destructive.

Destructive digging can be the dog’s attempt to call the attention of the human family. An upset owner will scold the dog but the scolding or the punishment will be gladly accepted by the dog as the reprimand would means attention from the beloved master. Dogs would dig holes to gain freedom. Dogs love to roam. The sounds, the scents and the movements on the other side of the fence will always be interesting to an animal with a curious nature and we know how curious dogs are. Thus the dog will dig tunnels.

Digging is fun for the dog. When the weather is hot the dog will be seen frantically digging. Dogs would lie on the newly dug hole to keep cool. In the wild dogs have another purpose for digging holes – to store food. Dogs use holes to store food in the same way that we humans use refrigerators. Dogs are really intelligent animals as they would dig holes to bury bones and other food in preparation for lean days.