One of Leo’s greatest pastimes, besides eating and chasing ducks, is digging. He didn’t really care much for digging as a puppy, but in the recent months, he’s taken to loving the feel of dirt flying backward through his hind legs. While we don’t have a backyard just yet, I still am hoping he grows out of this digging phase so when we do have a backyard, Leo won’t make a mess.
In Leo’s defense, I haven’t done a good job of teaching him not to dig. He takes my reaction as attention and turns it into a game. It usually starts with me telling him “no” or “leave it” and when he doesn’t listen I walk towards him in an attempt to pull him away from the hole, which starts the game and then Leo starts running in figure eights. It’s a fun game for him because 1. I can’t catch him if I tried and 2. He gets to pop in and dig some more before running away again.
Since we don’t have a backyard, Leo doesn’t actually dig that often. He also isn’t one to start a hole. He just likes to help out on an already dug up hole, which means the whole bottom half of his body gets covered in dirt. The only chance he gets to dig is when we are at the park and there aren’t any dogs to play with. He also loves digging in the sand at the beach, especially when there’s dried up seaweed to play with!
If you have any tips discouraging digging, I’m all ears. Any suggestion is better than how I’ve handled it so far!