Barking, chewing, growling and digging define a dog, almost as much as chasing and chewing bones does. However for us owners, those actions are not always ideal and can be quite damaging. Of course we can't tell our Collies to stop being dogs. So instead of forcing them to quit, we should encourage them to do them in less destructive ways.
Digging is not that big of a problem. Dogs love to dig because it's a fun thing for them to do. The problem of course is that our garden will be left in holes and we will have a Border Collie covered in dirt that we will have to clean. Although it might be fun for them, that type of scenario doesn't sound like much fun to us!
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Top reasons for your Border Collie to dig
So how do you stop Border Collie from digging in your garden/yard? Well you will either have to distract them with other activities to do or find a different place for them to dig in (a place in which you won't care about holes being dug up). Sounds easier said than done, right? Well not really!
First try to figure out why your Border Collie is digging. Does he dig only when you're gone? Then it's probably out of boredom. Bring him some toys to play with outside. If they show no interest in the toys, you can give them some tasty chewable treats. Those will get their attention for sure.
Does your Border Collie dig only on the hot summer days? Then your dog is probably hot and just looking for ways to cool off. Get the old sprinkler out and have them play with that. Careful though, a wet Border Collie that loves to dig is much, much harder to clean up than a dry one.
Does your Border Collie look like he just found a hot new scent trail to follow? Well the chances of your dog digging up gold is slim to none. They probably picked a scent of a small rodent instead. Try to distract the dog from digging by focusing their attention on other things, but until the scent is completely gone you Collie will probably continue to dig in that spot.
Did your Border Collie used to dig holes in your yard? Share your experiences, opinions or questions in the comment section below! Maybe your stories could help someone else in a similar position.