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Why does my dog dig holes?

asked 2017-01-11 23:46:10 -0600

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Dogs dig for a variety of reasons. (e.g. Breed is predisposed to this problem (genetic), boredom, cooling, separation anxiety, hiding bones or toys, escape, hunting, etc.) Understand that digging is only a symptom of the real problem that needs be addressed before you can expect a behavioral change.

Bryan B.'s profile image Bryan B.  ( 2017-02-23 12:32:09 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2017-02-23 13:40:12 -0600

Digging is fun for some, others are hiding their treasures, some are trying to get at rodents or animals in the ground. Other reasons can be to create a cooling space or boredom/anxiety.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:42:45 -0600

Lots of reasons (and may depend on the breed)! It's typically thought that dogs dig for shelter or protection for themselves or items of value (toys, food, prey).

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answered 2017-02-23 13:45:15 -0600

Lots of different reasons.. I've found dogs digging mostly because they are trying to find a cool spot to lay. Gets really hot here where we live!

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answered 2017-02-23 13:46:05 -0600

Dogs may dig because of various reasons. Certain breeds are prone to digging and burrowing. These dogs typically do this as a way to hide things or to create a comfortable spot for sleep. Other dogs dig because they are anxious, wanting attention, or to attempt to escape. There are a few ways to deal with this including exercise, training, and giving your dog intentional tracking and duties.

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