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Do you find yourself constantly filling up holes that your dog dug in your yard? Certain breeds, particularly terriers and some hounds, dig more because it is in their genes. However, digging can also be an outlet of frustration when dogs have a lot of bottled-up energy that needs to be released. Digging often provides a bored dog with something to do.

While digging is a common issue, this behavior can be improved with some time and training. To help dog owners keep their yards intact, the American Kennel Club shares the following tips:

— Provide mental and physical stimulation. Be sure to provide mental stimulation for your dog through daily play and training sessions. Try teaching your dog to sit and stay on command to keep his mind busy. Also, make sure that your four-legged friend gets plenty of exercise to release his energy.

— Stay cool. During warmer weather, dogs often dig to expose cool earth to lie down on and lower their body temperature. Keep your dog inside as much as possible when the weather is hot so he doesn’t have to dig up your yard to handle the warmth on his own. If you don’t want to give your dog access to your whole house while you’re gone, designate a climate-controlled area with water and toys where your dog will be comfortable.

— Designate an area. If you have a breed that naturally digs, like a Dachshund or a Parson Russell Terrier for example, it may seem impossible to stop the digging. In this case, the best solution might instead be to give him a designated place to dig by building a digging pit or sandbox. You can even try burying bones or your dog’s favorite toys there to teach him that this is the acceptable place to dig.

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