As ridiculous as it sounds, dogs have the tendency to get addicted to digging. They love digging random holes in the dirt and then roll themselves in it as a game. Adorable right? Wrong. Today we are going to discover some Home Remedies To Stop Your Dog From Digging in the Dirt.
These adorable furry pals will ruin your entire lawn so you can erase “garden landscaping” from your bucket list for the year. Either that or you can take things in control and make use of the following home remedies to stop your dog from digging in the dirt.
Before jumping into the home remedies, let’s take a quick look the reasons behind their digging:
- They like doing it because they’re bored and have got addicted to it.
- They aren’t getting enough attention from you.
- Your dog is overly excited or anxious because of something.
- Your yard is full of rodents and your dog is trying to get rid of them.
- They are feeling very hot and hence, are digging up the cool ground to sit inside the hole.
- Your surroundings aren’t sheltered. You need to plant more trees or maybe fence your house to make your dog feel more secure and sheltered from the rest of the world.
Now we can jump right in!
TOP SIX HOME REMEDIES TO STOP YOUR DOG FROM DIGGING
1. Splash your dog with water.
Well, there are a lot of ways to stop your dog from digging in the dirt but, water by far is the best dog digging repellent. Dogs may like to swim and maybe get used to take baths but, no one likes to be splashed with water out of nowhere.
However, no need to be harsh. Make sure that the flow or power of the water is sudden but not hard so, you don’t end up hurting your dog. Remember, you are not splashing water on your dog as a means to punish them but to create deterrence in them.
So, every time your dog starts to dig a hole, you splash them with water from behind them. Make sure they see what you are splashing them with. This is because, they will start recognizing it as a warning and stop right in their tracks. Its better to catch them ahead instead of catching them in the middle of the digging.
Eventually, your dog will decide that digging up holes in the lawn is not worth getting soaked.
2. Sprinkle coffee grounds in the garden.
As a dog owner, your must be aware of the fact that if there is anything that a dog absolutely detests bitter smells and taste.
There is nothing more bitter on the planet earth that you can easily find in your kitchen other than coffee grounds. Hence, another effective method for this problem would be to sprinkle your lawn with coffee grounds to stop dogs from digging.
However, do not overdo it as coffee is not recommended for your dog’s consumption. If your poor dog ends up consuming coffee grounds out of curiosity then you will have to declare a state of emergency. Sprinkle them far away and in little quantity and spread them well enough.
So even if your dog ends up consuming the coffee grounds, it won’t turn into a haphazard.
Okay, but how to stop dog from digging hole in the same spot? Well, we have the solution for you. Keep on reading to find out!
3. Use citrus fruits to repel your dog.
In terms of bitterness, citrus fruits stand next to coffee grounds. You can either keep a citrus fruits plant around the specific are to stop your dog from digging in the same spot.
The bitterness of the orange juice will keep your dog away from digging a hole in the same spot. Moreover, you can also mix it with coffee if your dog is a resilient litter fella. This power combo will work its wonders for sure.
4. Make it spicy!
Dogs are not fans of anything spicy. They do not like the taste or smell of ANYTHING spicy. Hence, you can use spices to keep dogs from digging holes in your lawn. To make the spicy solution you need equal parts of crushed or powdered spices and powdered mustard.
Then you can spread it throughout your lawn. This solution works best in places with dry climates as there is no rain to dilute or wash off this spicy repellent.
5. Have you heard of the marigold solution?
Marigold is a flower whose smell really puts off various animals but especially dogs. You can either plant them at various random spots and kill two birds with one stone such as, (i) warding off your dogs from digging holes in your lawn; and (ii) you can make your lawn look beautiful by adding these bold flowers.
Plant them alongside your pepper plant to stop your dog from digging peppers.
Not only will the marigold solution repel your dog but, various lawn pest like squash bugs, aphids, whiteflies, and bean beetles as well. See? It is definitely a great home remedy and investment.
6. Distract your dog.
Another effective home remedy to stop your dog from digging holes in your lawn is to distract them from it. You can do this by either handing them their favorite toy or by making a sudden noise like popping up a balloon.
However, we personally recommend the first option as it is better than the latter harsh awakening. Your dog will definitely decide that playing with their favorite toy is better than digging dirt.
As you can see, there are various home remedies that can stop your dog from digging up dirt in your lawn. You should always be kind and take up a deterrent approach instead of a punishing approach.
Moreover, you should also pay attention to the reasons behind your dog’s digging as resolving that would naturally resolve the issue at hand. All in all, it is definitely a duty to keep your dog well behaved. We hope to make it easier for you. Happy dog parenting!
By the wway if read my other article, Why Do Do Eat Dirt?