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Why Does My Dog Dig?

Dogs are social animals; lack of exercise, boredom and loneliness can lead to destructive behaviors such as digging, chewing and barking.

They may dig holes to store food and bones to be retrieved at a later time. Dogs will dig in the dirt to create a cool place to lay on warm days. Some hunting breeds, such as terriers, have the instinct to dig for prey. Dominant dogs often kick away soil with their hind paws after elimination. This is a way of marking their territory and showing social significance. Digging is often displayed during periods of excitement and serves as a way to release anxiety. It is often helpful to increase your pet's daily exercise, social interaction, and play. Jogging, Frisbee, a variety of toys, and maybe even watching television together can fulfill your dog's needs, reducing their boredom, loneliness, and anxiety, thus reducing their digging. Attending an obedience class with your dog can be just the thing for a dog with excess energy. A daily training session, with praise and rewards for correct behavior, can help develop a bond between you and your dog and help curb any destructive behavior.

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