Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:27 pm
The garden is a paradise for dogs. But many not only let the sun shine on their fur, but also dig, dig or do their business in the vegetable patch. Dog owners are often in despair and wonder how they can train their four-legged friend to be garden-friendly. With patience and consistency, this is possible. Seven tips for dogs in the garden.
When dogs do their business in the garden
To break your dog of this bad habit, you need to be patient and consistent. Accompany your dog into the garden. If he tries to do his business there, say “off”, “no” loudly and firmly. Then lead him to a place where he may do his business. If you have a large garden, you can assign him a fixed place. If he accepts this place, praise or reward him with a treat. This way he will learn to use this place in the future.
When dogs dig up the garden
The joy of digging and digging is innate in dogs. The reasons, however, vary. Some dogs dig to hide their bone from hungry peers. If the bitch is pregnant, digging may also be part of her nest-building instinct. In the summer, it may be due to the heat, as it is cooler in a hole in the ground. If the dog digs a lot, you can try playing and taking long walks. If he stops digging, boredom was probably the cause. Burrows near the fence or gate are when the dog wants to explore life outside the property. But there are also dog breeds that have digging in their blood. Terriers, in particular, love to dig through the soil. This is because they were originally bred to hunt mice and rats.
Reserve a place for your dog in the garden
To prevent your dog from digging up your vegetable patch, it’s best to reserve a spot for him in the garden from the start. If he still digs in other places, be sure to make it clear to him that he is not allowed to do so. Go with your dog immediately to his corner and reward him when he starts digging there and spur him on additionally with the command “dig”. After all, digging not only leaves holes in the ground, but also strengthens the muscles of the front legs. In addition, the claws are worn down and the dog can let off steam.