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07/07/2022 05:25 am GMT
Get your dog a friend. Two dogs keep each other occupied, leaving less time for digging holes.
Friends don’t necessarily have to be dogs either, your dog might be friends with a cat, chicken, or a horse. One of my dogs spends quite a few hours a day running up and down the fence line with his horse friends.
4. Use a Digging Deterrent
Dogs often like to dig in the same spot over and over again. Watch them for a few days and identify the digging spots. Dig in some big rocks to stop them digging there, or use some fencing mesh.
Just make sure it’s not sharp or dangerous for your pup in any way!
You can use scents to deter them from digging too.
Rue, for example, is a very effective flea-repellent plant, and it works to keep dogs and cats away too. You can use lemon peels, vinegar, cayenne – anything with a strong, non-appealing scent to dogs.
5. Create a Place to Dig
We have a dig zone. Not because we chose to have a dig zone, but because our dogs love to dig there so much, there was nothing that would stop them.
All I do is fill it back up when it gets too big or too deep, or when it gets awkward to mow around it.
I’ve planted lots of plants around the hole, too.
It creates a shady, cool zone for our dogs to chill and dig as they see fit. Make sure you choose tough plants because if your dogs are like mine, they’ll plonk themselves right in the middle of them!
Jack of all trades, master of some. Wild garden grower. Loves creating stuff. From food forests and survival gardens to soap and yoghurt. A girl on a farm with two kids and one husband (yep, just one - although another one would be handy). Weirdly enjoys fixing fences and digging holes. Qualified permaculture teacher and garden go-to.