Dogs dig as a part of their natural behaviors. If you want to stop them from trying to do what comes naturally, you need to be proactive and make sure they have exactly what they need before they know they need it. While this may seem like a simple approach, it works on several levels.
Escape the Summer Heat
Dogs know that soil contains moisture and that it remains cool even on hot, sultry summer days. When it starts to get hot, it may be a good idea to provide your dog with lots of cool shade to relax in. Keep a gentle breeze blowing with the use of an outdoor fan or make them a secure, area where they can relax on their own. Provide them with a bed that is made with a fabric that is designed to stay cool to the touch. Dogs do not sweat, so they must find other ways to stay cool. Some dogs like to swim, while others prefer laying in the shade on a blanket or on the cool cement of the patio or deck.
Nutritional deficiencies may also be a reason your dog likes to dig in the backyard. If you have artificial turf, digging for nutrients in the dirt is impossible. A dog can normally smell the nutrients they need, but with artificial grass, they may be left to their own devices to get what they need. If you want to keep them from trying to dig up your turf, make sure you the dog food you choose contains all of the nutrients they need to be healthy and satisfied.
There are certain breeds of dogs who will dig to burn off excess energy. To them, it is a type of play and they will go at it until they have exhausted their stores of excess energy. The best way to keep them from continually trying to dig is to make sure they get ample exercise in other ways. Play catch or take them for long walks in the park. Whatever you can think of that will allow them to expend their extra energy. If you want your dog to have the benefit of exercise whenever they want, build them a dog run that is attached to the home. This allows them to run, unhindered by a leash or chain and use up all of the energy they want without giving them an opportunity to destroy or tear up your lawn.
When a dog gets bored, they will often begin to do things they know they shouldn't. Eating plants, chasing cats or digging holes in the yard are all possible options if the dog gets bored enough. Spend quality time with your pet and allow him to be near you when you are home. A little attention spent throughout the day may be just what the dog needs to keep him from getting into trouble. If your dog spends time at home alone during the day while you are at work, let a radio play or a television set on. The sound of human voices is comforting and it will make them think they are not completely alone.
Homeowners with natural grass lawns can find themselves in a world of hurt when their dogs begin to dig up their lawns. Large rocks and chicken wire can be placed around the bases of a fence to protect the dog from damaging the lawn and making its way out of the fence, but it won't protect the rest of the lawn. Finding out why your dog digs will give you the clues you need to keep them from doing it in the future. Be proactive and you will find that it isn't extremely difficult to keep your dog from damaging your lawn.