Does your Boston dig like a maniac?
Digging is a common behaviour problem for Boston Terrier owners. This usually happens when a Boston is left alone and full of energy for long periods.
Want to preserve your garden, backyard or lawn, keeping it “patch-free”? You’re in the right place! Continue reading to discover how to stop your Boston Terrier from digging up all your garden!
I’ll make a prediction and say since you’re reading this, then there’s a 90% chance that yours definitely does!
Boston Terriers love to burrow and dig holes (and your garden is a prime candidate); digging is in their nature.
Did you know that the word “terrier” comes from the French word “Terre”, which means earth? The connection between this breed and the earth dates back to its love to dig the earth.
But, do they dig for a particular reason? It’s important to understand why your Boston digs to prevent this behaviour.
Digging holes is actually a natural instinct that is harmless. However, if your pooch is digging holes excessively, there might be another reason behind this behaviour.
While digging is a healthy and common canine behaviour, it can be a source of stress for dog owners. It’s perfectly understandable that you get upset every time your Boston digs your backyard.
Apart from holes, your pooch can easily chew flowers destroy your garden.
So, it’s essential to find out the reason your Terrier is constantly expressing himself by digging.
Here are the main reasons why Boston Terriers dig (source):
Also, Boston Terriers like to burrow under the covers. It’s another instinctive behaviour.
Bostons can be major snugglers. They have bed-hogging tendencies and love to burrow under a blanket, possibly next to you! I think this side of them is adorable and probably you are happy to indulge your pooch. 😉
According to dog behaviourists, this burrowing behaviour could also be a result of anxiety. This can be the case if your pooch spends long hours alone.
Read also: Why Do Boston Terriers Sleep Under Covers?
Whenever you “catch” your Boston digging, the best (but hard) thing to do is control your urge to shout and ask him to come over. A reaction from you only reinforces this behaviour.
You won’t be able to immediately stop your Boston Terrier from digging, however, you can prevent excessive digging and redirect him to an acceptable digging spot.
Depending on the root cause of the digging (mentioned above), here are some solutions:
Boston Terriers are diggers because it’s part of their nature.
This is why it is important to understand your dog’s natural instincts so you can then be able to channel it in a non-destructive way.
Here’s how to do it:
Insider Tip: After your dog finishes playing, make sure to cover the sandbox to avoid neighbourhood cats and other animals using it as a litter box.
Also, make sure that kids don’t use it or leave their toys in it!
If you don’t provide a way for your Boston Terrier to exercise and express his nature, he will continue to dig up your borders or make holes in your lawn. So create a digging pit and encourage your pooch to dig in this spot.
Read also: How to Make Your Garden Dog-Friendly And Safe to protect both your dog and your garden!
If you don’t have a garden, you could take a trip to the beach!
I bet your pooch finds the change of scenario refreshing. 🙂 So many new smells… plus, there’s the chance to get in the water too!
However, I’ve also found an indoor alternative that comes in very handy! An indoors mat such as iDig Go Digging Toy by iFetch and a Dog Snuffle Mat can be a great addition to your Boston Terrier’s room.
Prevent boredom at all costs!
This is the main reason for mischief and many behaviour problems, so make sure your Boston gets plenty of exercise, training sessions and playtime during the day.
Remember that an adult Boston Terrier needs at least 1 hour of exercise daily.
If you are running out of ideas to keep your pooch entertained, use our How to Keep My Dog Entertained While at Work guide.
Whether your Boston has wanderlust tendencies or not, you should reinforce your garden fence and gate. Better be safe than sorry!
The best way to make the garden perimeter safe and secure is to:
Find out more tips in our How to Make Your Garden Dog-Friendly And Safe blog post.
When dogs get hot, they try to find relief the best way they can. Digging holes and burrowing inside helps them to cool off.
This is more of an extreme case.
However, never leave your pooch outdoors unattended. Boston Terriers, especially, are prone to overheating because of their Brachycephalic condition.
Also, if your Boston is spending time in the garden when it’s hot, provide him with plenty of water and shade. Plus, you may want to keep your dog in a cool area indoors when the temperature peaks during the day.
Believe it or not, if you do not keep your Boston Terrier’s nails trimmed to a comfortable length for him, your pooch will try to trim them by digging.
Nail trimming should be a regular grooming ritual.
You should trim your Boston Terrier’s nails as often as it takes to prevent his nails from touching the ground when he’s standing. This could be once a month or every two weeks. With our How to Cut Boston Terrier Nails post, you’ll find a step by step guide you can use.
Once you have tried to deter your Boston Terrier from digging holes, the behaviour should gradually lessen. However, it may never completely stop.
If you are finding it difficult to determine the cause of the behaviour or find it difficult to implement the tips above, consult with a professional dog trainer.
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