How To Stop Your Beagle Digging Holes In The Yard
Hello everyone. Today we will take a look at how to stop your beagle digging holes in the yard.
My Beagle didn’t dig until the kids began digging to make mud pies. Then, Four Pence decided to help. After that, he was hooked.
It can be infuriating when you look out the window and see your Beagle digging up another hole. Especially when you yell at him to interrupt his digging, but most of the time he just ignores you and keeps right on digging.
American Dogs That Dig
Digging is hard-wired into the DNA of many breeds so nearly all dogs like to dig. A recent national survey revealed that over 80% of American dog owners have dogs that dig.
If you want to stop your beagle digging holes you need to clearly communicate to your budding archaeologists that digging in the yard is unacceptable behavior. Catch him in the act and tell him “off ” so he will know precisely why he’s doing wrong.
Until your Beagle understands that he must not dig in the flower beds or outside of his designated digging area, you’ll need to keep a close eye on him.
Why Your Beagle May Be Digging
Your Beagle Is More That Likely Digging Because It’s Fun
Beagles who dig for fun normally alternate between digging and running about. If your dog is digging for entertainment, you’ll get holes located randomly around your garden.
Beagles belong to the hound family and were originally bred to hunt. Digging is natural behavior for them. It’s self-rewarding for your dog and won’t simply stop if you ignore it.
Try selecting a part of the yard where you can allow him to dig. Mark it off in some way. I recommend that you erect a sandbox and fill with it with sand. Beagles like to join you in the garden. Giving him his very own place to dig means he can stay outdoors and do a little gardening of his own.
Teaching your beagle to confine his digging to his dog pit may take a little time and training. You will have to spend some time with your dog out in the yard.
When he digs in his sandbox, praise him excitedly and reward him with a dog treat. If he starts to dig any place else, correct him firmly: while he’s digging and tell him ‘No!’ Take him by his collar and put him in his sandbox. As soon as he’s in there, praise him and give him a treat. Your Beagle will soon catch on.
Don’t Allow Your Beagle To See You Digging
“Dogs dig to hide stuff for later. If he sees you digging, he’s going to think you’re hiding something he may want.” It’s monkey see, monkey do. You might have an eager little helper or the type who watches you and thinks…”These humans, just don’t understand how to do this right.”
Beagles Digging Out Of Boredom
Boredom can be another reason your dogs digging. Beagles are intelligent dogs that need plenty of different things to do. In the absence of adequate mental or physical exercise, they may turn to destructive ways to vent their frustration – like digging. Chewing is a proven boredom buster so a Classic Kong filled with peanut butter may do the trick. A Bob A Lot will make his early morning kibble last a bit longer.
Beagle Escape Artists
Some Beagles try to escape by digging under the fence.They may be after a female friend in season, or just trying to find a chum. Make sure the bottom of your fence is reinforced with chicken wire to prevent him escaping. To stop your beagle digging holes it may be a good idea to have him neutered.
Dogs Dig In Search of Small Prey
Beagles were originally used for hunting hares and other game due to their well-developed sense of smell. These dogs dig to search for small prey, such as rats, mice, moles, or small insects out of instinct. It is pretty hard to prevent instinctive behavior; instead try to help your dog focus on something else. To stop your beagle digging holes you might decide to find a humane way to remove some smaller rodents from your property.
When It’s Warm Outside
When its warm outside, your Beagle may dig a shallow hole to lie in. He does this because the ground slightly below the surface is cooler. Get him a dog house – no dog that spends time in the open air should be without one.
What To Do When All Else Fails
When pretty much all else has failed, a few simple adjustments can help make your plants safe and the garden secure.
Protect your beds and borders with a low picket fence. You’ll be amazed at how even a modest fence can become a visual barrier to your dog.
Stop your beagle digging holes in the yard by burying mesh or chicken wire in the spot where he’s been digging. Or try a crude garden moat created with pine cone bedding. You might try placing pruned rose or holly branches around your beds or plants.
Sprinkle a mixture of powdered mustard and crushed red pepper in areas you want protected. One or two sniffs or licks will discourage your dog from returning to the area.
A tired dog is a good dog! Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise, play time and training games to keep him active and happy, and your yard hole-free.
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