Behaviors such as growling, barking, chewing and digging are what define dogs almost as much as chewing bones and chasing cats do. However, for dog owners, these actions can be pretty damaging. Of course, you can’t stop your Border Collie from being a dog. Instead of making him quit some behaviors, you can encourage him to so things in a less destructive manner.
Border Collie digging is not as big of a problem as it may seem. Dogs like digging because it is a fun activity for them. The disadvantage of the action is that your garden will be left with numerous holes. Moreover, your Border Collie will be covered in dirt, leaving you to clean after him. Although digging may be fun for your dg, the scenario might not be as much fun to you!
If your Collie has digging problems or some other kind of behavioral challenges, check out the Border Collie Owners Guide. The book covers some of the simplest and most effective training methods that will help you train your dog as well as solve his behavior problems.
Reasons for Border Collie Digging
- It’s a good way for the dog to cool off on hot days
- It’s a fun activity to do
- The dog is trailing new and strange scents
- They love having you chase after them as they dig into your yard or garden
If you want to stop your Border Collie from digging hole in your yard or garden, you will have to distract the dog using other activities. Alternatively, look for a different area for the dog to dig into (preferably somewhere you won’t care about he is done digging holes). Although this sounds easier said than done, it really isn’t because it will take time for your dog to stop the digging habit.
The best way of solving your Border Collie’s digging habit is by figuring out why he is doing it in the first place. If he the dog is only digging while you’re away from, home then it is probably because he is bored. Make sure you always give your dog his chew toys or a bone to play with before you leave. If your dog doesn’t show any interest in the chew toys, give him some tasty chewable treats instead. The treats will surely get his attention.
If your Border Collie only digs during the hot summer days, it means that he is probably hot and is looking for a way to cool off. You can solve this by turning the sprinkler on and letting him play with it. However, this may not be a good idea if your Collie loves to dig. This is because it may be harder to clean up a wet dog than it is to clean a dry one.
If your Border Collie seem to be digging the yard because he is following a new trail of scent, the chances of your dog finding what he is trailing may be slim. The dog might have just picked up the scent of a rodent instead. Try to solve this by focusing your dog’s attention to other activities. But until he can no longer trail the scent, your Collie will continue digging until he finds what he is looking for.