Digging occurs for many reasons. Dogs dig to bury and recover bones; they dig cooling pits when it’s hot and warming pits when it’s cold; they dig up prey and they dig dens. Digging is a highly enjoyable and natural canine activity. Lack of exercise, prolonged confinement and boredom can also cause digging. Once digging starts, it can quickly become a habit.
If you provide your dog with regular walks, runs, play-time and training, the chances are you will not have a digging problem. But until your dog has been taught that digging up your garden is not allowed, he should not be confined indoors or to a dog run, a certain area of the yard. Though this is not the solution; it is a temporary measure until your dog can be trusted not to destroy your garden or freshly planted bulbs. Continue reading “Dog and Digging”
Barking is a normal dog behavior. Cats meow, birds sing, and canines bark, whine and howl. Every dog will bark, some more, some less. It is unrealistic to think that you can teach a dog NOT to bark at all. It is desirable though to keep barking under control.
Dogs who are alone and locked up in crates or apartments for a long period of time will eventually start barking as a hobby. Nobody is there to control him, he has a lot of pent-up energy, and so barking becomes an enjoyable distraction. Many dogs that start barking actually continue with that habit, it looks as if they do this just for the fun of it.
Excessive dog barking might also be a sign of separation anxiety. To control barking you have to realize first that the barking is caused by something. Either the dog is bored, frustrated, lonely, frightened, each one of these reasons might trigger barking.