- Mimicking your gardening behaviors
- Trying to cool off or warm up
- Lack of mental or physical stimulation
- Bury treats or toys
- Searching for rodents (dogs with a high prey drive)
The main reason is generally boredom and lack of exercise. Digging offers your dog a means to exercise both his mind and body, but it doesn’t do anything for your yard.
Because the breed is a muscular and athletic dog, they need at least a couple of hours of physical exercise each day. If you don’t provide your dog with opportunities for daily exercise and mental challenges, your dog will find a way to exert his energy.
You may also want to create a place where your dog can dig. Pick a spot that will be safe and away from a fence. Loosen up the soil. Surround the spot with cinder blocks or landscaping timbers to mark the limits. The spot should be about one and a half times the length of your dog’s body in all directions. Toss some dog treats in the ground and lightly cover them. Playfully invite your dog to the spot and entice him to dig. Spend time with your dog every day for about a week at this spot, encouraging him to dig only there.
Fill all the other holes in the yard with your dog’s poop and dirt. Most dogs will not dig where they poop.
You can also build a dog run with concrete floor for your dog’s alone-time place when he’s outside by himself. If you do opt for this method, make sure that the shelter has a water bowl and is out of direct sun. This will stop your dog from ruining your yard, but it will not fix the cause of the digging.
If you decide that your dog is digging because of boredom, you should re-evaluate your exercise program so that you can incorporate more walks into your daily routine.