Labrador Retrievers are known to be very friendly dogs that love to be active. Because of this, these dogs have to be given activities to do in order to be happy and well behaved. When a dog doesn’t get the interaction that it needs, it will find a way to entertain itself. Labs often do this by digging. Read on to learn the reason why Labrador Retrievers dig and how to stop it.
First off, you need to know that digging is an instinctive behavior for a dog. Dogs dig for one of several reasons. Labradors may do some kind of bad behavior (such as digging) to gain your attention, it could be doing it to get some protection from the elements or he may just be bored and looking for something to do. If you want to stop your Lab from digging, you need to watch him and figure out what is causing him to dig.
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Is your dog digging a hole to bury a bone or some type of food? Then stop giving your dog these types of things. If you just can’t stand to keep a good bone from your dog, then give it to her inside the house and do not let it be taken outside.
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Another thing to watch for is if your dog is laying in the hole that it dug. A cool place for your dog in the summer or a warm place in the winter can easily solve some digging problems. One of the easiest ways to give your dog shelter is to buy a dog house for him.
Is your dog digging to get to something on the other side of the fence? This problem can be a little more difficult to deal with. Labradors love to be around other people and animals so they have a tough time being isolated. You dog’s digging habit may be due to this.
If you suspect that this is the cause of your Labrador digging, you have a few options. Firstly, give your Labrador Retriever lots of exercise. Try going for a long walk with your Labrador Retriever. This is great exercise for your dog. Leaving plenty of toys out can do wonders if you are going to be away from the house for a while.
Something else you can try is to train your Lab to only dig in one area. Whenever she digs in the designated area, give her a reward. You may also try to bury chicken wire in the areas that are most often dug up. This works because your dog won’t like the feel of the chicken wire.
Really though, the best overall method is to just not leave your Labrador Retriever alone in the yard. Set up a kennel to put him in while you are out. At least any damage from digging will be in one area
Labrador digging is preventable. It can be as easy as giving alternatives to the reasons that your dog is digging. Getting mad at your digging dog won’t work. Negative reinforcement is a poor way to train a dog. Positive reinforcement is the only thing that will do any good in the long term. Give your dog a lot of play and socialization and you will have a happy dog. The secret to any dog training is lots of love and positive reinforcement.
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