Siberian Huskies are known for digging holes. Part of this is because they have a lot of energy, and if they aren’t running it off, they are going to do something with it. Another part is that it’s natural for them – in cold areas, dogs dig holes in the snow and/or ground to create a warm place to sleep. But neither of these reasons makes it easier to live with a Husky that’s addicted to digging. Luckily, there are things you can do to help him curb the habit. The following are four tips to get your Husky to stop digging.
#1 – Management
While you are working on solving the digging problem, which won’t happen overnight, the easiest way to stop your Siberian Husky from doing it is to not leave him in the yard alone. This way, he won’t have a chance to practice the behavior. The more he practices it, the more he will continue to dig because it’s rewarding for him.
#2 – More Exercise
Huskies have a lot of energy and if you aren’t providing them with enough outlets for it, they may turn to digging. If you provide more exercise – like a couple mile jog, for example – then your Husky won’t have the energy to dig.
#3 – Self-Play Toys
Boredom is another reason why your Husky may have taken up trying to dig to China. Providing self-play toys for your dog in the backyard is a great way to keep him occupied. The Wunderball is a great choice because when your dog drops it, it bounces unevenly, encouraging your dog to keep playing. Treat toys, iFetch, Tether Tug, and the like are all good options, too.
#4 – A Place To Dig
Finally, your Husky digs because it’s self-rewarding. Aside from expending energy, your dog loves the feel of the dirt in his toes and smell the scents he unearths. He may even be tracking a mole or a gopher. For these dogs, you may find the only way to stop them from digging up your entire yard is to give them a sand or dirt box of their own. Use a kid box or build one yourself. Make sure it has a clearly marked perimeter and that the soil inside it is different from your landscaping so your dog can learn the difference. Bury toys and treats inside the box (shallow at first) to encourage your dog to dig there and not anywhere else. This is a great solution because it gives your dog exercise and keeps him from being bored while saving your landscaping. And, there’s no risk he will dig himself out of your yard.