How to Get a Dog to Stop Digging Up Potted Plants

by Stephanie Dube Dwilson
    Some dogs have an affinity for the loose dirt and fresh leaves of potted plants.

    Some dogs have an affinity for the loose dirt and fresh leaves of potted plants.

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    Whether your potted plants are inside or outside, you don't want your dog burrowing into them. The fresh soil and interesting smells may attract your dog to the pots, where a few swipes of the paw will leave your deck or rug covered in soil. Even the most hardy plant will not survive too many of these forced evictions. You can pick up your smaller pots and put them out of your dog's reach, but this is a short-term solution. By teaching your dog to leave the potted plants alone, you can enjoy them displayed wherever you like.

    Step 1

    Dip cotton balls in oil of cloves and bury them just under the soil in your potted plants. This acts as a repellent.

    Step 2

    Place pine cones on the surface of the soil. The pine cones will make it less enjoyable for your pup to dig in the planter.

    Step 3

    Play with your dog several times a day. Digging is often something your dog does when he gets bored. You may find that if your pet is getting enough physical activity and mental stimulation, he doesn't bother your plants.

    Step 4

    Supervise your dog. If he has shown a tendency to dig in your potted plants, your dog needs supervision around the plants until he is trustworthy. If he starts nosing around a pot, give him a firm "no," so he will understand he isn't allowed to bother them.

    Items You Will Need

    • Cotton balls
    • Oil of cloves
    • Pine cones

    Photo Credits

    • Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images

    About the Author

    With features published by media such as Business Week and Fox News, Stephanie Dube Dwilson is an accomplished writer with a law degree and a master's in science and technology journalism. She has written for law firms, public relations and marketing agencies, science and technology websites, and business magazines.

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