What to put in holes to stop dogs digging?
- Partially bury rocks (flat ones in particular) in noted digging spots.
- Bury plastic chicken wire or netting just under the surface.
- Citrus peels, cayenne, or vinegar may wrinkle that nose.
- If you have a sprinkler system, a motion sensor method can be a good deterrent.
Why is my dog digging a hole? 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.
Do dogs grow out of digging? Sometimes dogs grow out of digging, but this is not usually the case. Some dogs will stop digging as they get older, but others will not. Some breeds, such as terriers, were bred to dig. In those dogs, the behavior is more likely to continue.
Will vinegar stop a dog from digging? Dogs do not like the smell of vinegar, so it may stop your dog from digging. Simply make a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water and spray in the spots where your pets dig. While this method will be effective with some pets, it’s not a cure-all.