Do you have a digging dog on your hands? Canine behaviors such as digging up your flower bed or burying toys may be confounding (not to mention extremely annoying), but it usually all boils down to instinct. Once you know why they’re doing it you can help redirect them.
Can we really stop dogs from digging? Absolutely!
Scratch the Surface
Dogs dig for entertainment, to cool down on a hot day, when hunting for small, burrowing prey, to escape, or to simply grab their owner’s attention. The important thing to remember is that dogs aren’t doing this to upset you, they simply cannot help it.
Born This Way
Some dog breeds have been bred specifically to be good diggers. Terriers and Beagles know exactly how to find small prey beneath the ground, for instance.
Also, working breeds that don’t have enough “work” to do may end up throwing themselves into the job of digging, among other things.
Stop Dogs From Digging
It is really important to keep your dog as active as possible. When they are bored or idle they may take up this common canine behavior. Mental stimulation and strenuous physical exertion keeps a dog happy and healthy.
If your dog spends too much time alone without the company of other animal friends or people, they may look for an outlet in all the wrong places.
Doggie day care, dog walkers, or pet sitters can provide extra opportunities for engagement when you’re working. When you are home, be sure to give your dog at least 2 walks a day, time playing with brain games, or take up agility or obedience training.
Hot Diggity Dogs
If your dog is obsessed with gophers, moles, and other burrowing animals, try to eliminate them from your property in a way that doesn’t expose your dog to dangerous poisons or traps. You might try specific fencing options to keep them out of an area just for your dog.
Harness the Potential
Since digging is a behavior that feeds their senses and answers canine instincts you might want to set up an area of your yard that is just for this purpose. Train your dog to only dig in the back corner, for instance, that isn’t visible from the house. Bury some of their toys there to make it a game.
Similarly, if your dog digs because of the weather be sure to provide extra cool places for them to relax in. Shade, cross-ventilation, and access to water is ideal. Breeds like Huskies or Malamutes dig in the snow to stay warm, and owners might see this breed carving out a burrow during the colder months.
Dogs Will Be Dogs
To stop dogs from digging try not to overreact or punish them as this can have the opposite result. Fill holes with water or position large rocks along the fenceline where they’ve dug previously. Place chicken wire or install fencing to redirect them.
This time of year is rife with bugs and pests, which can sometimes plague the home and yard. But if you have a four-legged companion, you can’t just spray or dispense pesticides without potentially putting your pet at risk. These insect repellents are effective but are toxic to insects and, unfortunately, also to other animals.
Still, no one wants to be overrun with mosquitoes, gnats, ants, and other invading species. This is why your friends at Brodie Animal Hospital are here with some simple, pet safe pest control solutions for you to check out.Continue…
Pets used to be allowed to spend inordinate amounts of time in the direct sun. We now know that the consequences of overexposure include skin damage or worse for pets. That’s why pet sun protection is becoming a priority for all pet owners, regardless of how furry their pet is.
One More Thing to Do
Most of us wouldn’t think of spending hours on end in the blazing sun. We know it’s bad for us, and our skin pays the price. So, we don wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing to help us combat ultraviolet rays. If we’re prone to sun damage, why wouldn’t our pets be?Continue…
In life we are typically more successful when we plan ahead. Whether it’s preparing for a test or a trip, when our proverbial ducks are lined up mistakes are reduced, accidents abated.
The same holds true for Halloween pet safety. Without a doubt, the more we anticipate potential calamity the more we can keep our animals out of danger. The best part? With an approach to seasonal events like this, we can all but guarantee a happy, fun-filled night.Continue…
Did you adopt a dog or goat? There aren’t many behaviors shared between the two species, but eating grass is definitely one of them. Some dogs simply love to chew on anything they can get between their jaws. Others do it for… well, they must have good reasons, right?
Leaning on canine logic may be a stretch in this case, but yes, dogs eat grass in order to to arrive at a specific sensation. What other funky dog behaviors get you second-guessing?Continue…
It’s easy to focus on all things “yummy and gifty” this time of year, we tend to let slide the things that really matter the most. It’s only natural to want to indulge in events and activities that are festive and happy-go-lucky! However, without a proper nod to holiday pet safety, the season of lights can unfold in an entirely different way than planned.
When holiday pet safety measures are thoroughly examined and applied, your pet can truly enjoy all the season has to offer. And there’s nothing better than hanging out with friends and family knowing that your best buddy is safe and sound.
We’re always on the lookout to prevent accidental injury or illness. With a proactive approach, you can focus on what matters most, which is enjoying time with your beloved pet. While it’s important to keep your pet safe every day of the year, there are specific concerns that come with each season. This time of year, let’s put down our pumpkin spice lattes for a moment to review some essential tips for fall pet safety.
Falling Leaves and More
Leaf piles are fun to jump in, but not when you think about what could be crawling around in them. It’s not uncommon to find spiders, centipedes, millipedes, ticks, or snakes – especially if the piles have been left out for some time. Continue…
The American Humane Association reports that one in three pets will become lost at some point in their lifetime. Without identification, 90% will not return home. As scary as those statistics are, we know just how easy it is for pets to escape. All it takes is one open gate or a quick dash through an open front door.
While a collar and tags have been the standard for many years, microchipping has become a more reliable way to ensure a happy reunion should your pet go missing. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of microchipping, as well as how this technology works.
What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny device – about the size of a grain of rice – that emits a radio frequency when a scanner is passed over it. The microchip stores a unique ID number that comes up on the scanner; this ID number is linked to your contact information in the microchip company’s database. Continue…
We love that our pets are naturally curious and want to explore. Sometimes, though, that means getting into something they shouldn’t.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center received 199,000 phone calls about pet poisoning in 2017. In fact, this is one of the top 3 reasons pet owners seek emergency care for their beloved pets. Many people don’t realize just how many potentially toxic substances are commonly used in our homes and yards.
Seeing your pet struggle with disturbing or vague symptoms, and wondering if they need immediate medical care, is a situation most pet owners have or will find themselves in at some point. Pets are skilled at hiding signs of illness or injury, making it even more difficult to tell whether or not your pet is experiencing an emergency situation, or simply having an off day.
At Brodie Animal Hospital, we believe that all pet owners should know how to recognize and handle a pet emergency. Your prompt response will save precious time, and may even save your pet’s life.