What does a dog digging mean? Digging is an instinctual behavior for many dogs that dates back to the days of their wild ancestors. Some breeds, like terriers, had digging instincts further developed by humans for hunting purposes. Dog sports like AKC Earthdog or providing a safe digging space like a sandbox can help channel digging.
Is it normal for dogs to dig? Digging is a natural behavior, especially if you have a breed that was bred for digging while hunting or a denning dog. In these cases, the instinct and desire to dig is so great that it’s often unfair to ask the dog to stop doing it.
Why do dogs dig on couch? Breed heritage isn’t the only reason dogs dig. Just as humans might search beneath sofa cushions for lost change, your dog may sniff out stray bits of popcorn and want to dig it out. Some dogs cache important objects and use the couch to hide their favorite dog toys and protect them from being swiped.
How do I get my dog to stop digging?
- Walk your dog at least twice a day. Dogs love to exercise to get rid of excess energy.
- Play with your dog.
- Bring them inside.
- Take a training class with your dog.
- Set aside a digging area for your dog.