How to Prevent Excessive Digging by Your Dog

Dogs love to dig, tear up plants and generally get dirty, and this should not be surprising. There is usually no problem or harm in dogs digging up the occasional area that seems especially interesting or digging up plant roots and throwing them around the garden, but constant destructive behavior can make for an unhappy dog owner.

The most obvious answer to this kind of behavior is that your dog is bored and not getting enough exercise and/or simulation. Make sure that your dog is enjoying at least one long walk every day, preferably with the opportunity for off-leash excitement such as in a woodland or open scrub. A tired dog is much less likely to engage in destructive behavior. Another solution is to provide stimulating toys that will maintain your dog’s attention for some time.

If you are sure that your dog is getting enough stimulation and exercise and the problem persists, you need to take steps to directly prevent this behavior. The best way to permanently prevent this is to make it unappealing. Good ways to do this are using an automated sprinkler system, or a sprinkler that you can switch on from a distance when he is digging. A long-range water pistol can also be effective. In this way, your dog will simply think he randomly gets sprinkled on when he engages in destructive behavior, thereby discouraging it.

Do Dogs Get the Hiccups?

Dogs do get the hiccups. The diaphragm is responsible for hiccups in almost all mammals. This is a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of your chest, and all hiccups start there. The diaphragm almost always works perfectly. When you inhale, it pulls down to help pull air into the lungs. When you exhale, it pushes up to help push air out of the lungs. But sometimes the diaphragm becomes irritated. When this happens, it pulls down in a jerky way, which makes you suck air into your throat suddenly. Some things that irritate the diaphragm are eating too quickly or too much, an irritation in the stomach or the throat, or feeling nervous or excited. Some cases of hiccups in dogs can last for days or weeks, but this is very unusual, and it’s usually a sign of another medical problem.

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