Doggie always looking for buried treasure? If Rover's a digger, your nice garden might be paying for it. Aside from giving up and living surrounded by holes in the ground, your options are simple: either redesign your garden or teach your dog to stop digging. Or maybe do a bit of both and hope for the best. After all, you do love Rover more than you love your cute yard, don't you?
Redesign your yard if you can afford it. Do you really need to have grass covering the whole area? If you can set up a wood deck or a tiled area right outside your back door, you can keep the yard looking good. Can't afford such a big change? Look into gravel, stones or other ground coverings. Even if you only "transform" a section of your garden into a grass-free area, there will less unsightly digging to deal with.
Set up a small fence around the areas you want to protect. If you have flowers or bushes that you don't want your dog to dig into or destroy, setting up netting, chicken wire or a cute wood fence around them could help. This works best if the flowers or bushes are in a certain area, rather than spread out all around the yard. The fence doesn't have to be tall, either. A foot or less should be enough -- unless you have a very determined dog who's also a great jumper.
Create a digging area. That's right. Set up an area where Rover can dig to his heart's content. Pick a spot in a corner, so the digging won't leave you with a grassy area full of holes. If Rover is from a digging breed -- such as terriers or beagles -- this is probably a much easier solution than trying to get him to give up his love for digging.
Get some grass paint. Yes, it might come down to this. A can of spray paint -- a special paint created to mimic the color of grass -- can be a great last-minute solution to cover a not-so-green-looking spot. First, make sure you cover any holes and pack down the ground tightly so the area looks flat. Add any broken pieces of grass you can rescue right on the top of the hole. Then spray with some grass paint. This only works for small touch-ups here and there, but it could help improve the look of your yard so you don't end up with grassless spots all over the place.
- If you're in the yard when the digging starts, immediately say "no!" You don't want Rover to feel it's ever OK to dig. If you have a special digging area set up, move him there as soon as he starts the digging.
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