How Do I Stop My Beagle From Digging Holes?

My beagle loves to dig holes ive tryed smacking him and putting pepper around the are but he still wont stop.
Ok he dosnt have a spde so i cant take it away, as for hot stuff <he enjoys it>. I dont think hes bored he makes me walk him every morning before school. We play when i get home and he has plenty of running room <hes outside all day and has plenty of toys and a 4 yearold boy to play with yet he still digs. And all the holes are near the house in the garden what should i do?

The answer of this problem depends on the situation.

Does your dog dig when he’s left alone in the garden?
Does he do it when no one’s around?
Does he do it even when you are around?

A digging dog is often a sign of that he’s bored. I have found out that chewing stuff and toys make a difference but most important is to catch the dog in the act. You should NOT smack your dog because it will not work. You should have taught your dog the "NO!" command long time ago. Use it.

If he digs when he’s bored you’ll have to try to stay around him for a while, say, in the garden chair enjoying reading the newspaper, perhaps, but out of playing & talking distance so he’ll get bored. And then, tell him, without shouting but in a strong voice "NO!" like you mean it, but again, no shouting. Try to say it again if he starts again. Dogs respect their owner but you might need to do this several times.

I have found the "NO!" command so great when going into other people’s houses, or when I take my dog somewhere. He looks around but maybe sniffs of something that he’s maybe thinking about playing with later. Let him know that it is nothing he is supposed to play with, that it is something that is OK to look at but no chewing or playing. Just say "NO!" when he sniffs it! Works like magic.

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  • dave.unwin

    Take his spade away!
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  • leighdevaney

    take his spade off him.
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  • bartbowdishdccs

    Cement the yard
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  • max973201

    I’ve found a rolled up newspaper to be an excellent deterant. However, if you are not able to catch Mr. Dog in the act…I’d look into asphalt.
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  • CF_

    smacking him????

    sheesh
    this is NORMAL dog behavior- he is clearly BORED – you need to stimulate and excersice his mind more – give him more intelligent type toys and do stuff with him.. if he hasnt been to OBEDIENCE lessons this will help because it stimulats part of their brain
    do not punish a dog for being a dog
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  • jessica

    my husky digs a lot – character of the breed unfortunately….put their poop in the holes that are dug – they will stop digging there! it really works… building a sandbox in their favorite part of the yard will encourage safe digging in that area without tearing up the rest of the yard.
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  • housemetal2002

    try hot sauce, like something pretty hot
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  • thrudur84

    The answer of this problem depends on the situation.

    Does your dog dig when he’s left alone in the garden?
    Does he do it when no one’s around?
    Does he do it even when you are around?

    A digging dog is often a sign of that he’s bored. I have found out that chewing stuff and toys make a difference but most important is to catch the dog in the act. You should NOT smack your dog because it will not work. You should have taught your dog the "NO!" command long time ago. Use it.

    If he digs when he’s bored you’ll have to try to stay around him for a while, say, in the garden chair enjoying reading the newspaper, perhaps, but out of playing & talking distance so he’ll get bored. And then, tell him, without shouting but in a strong voice "NO!" like you mean it, but again, no shouting. Try to say it again if he starts again. Dogs respect their owner but you might need to do this several times.

    I have found the "NO!" command so great when going into other people’s houses, or when I take my dog somewhere. He looks around but maybe sniffs of something that he’s maybe thinking about playing with later. Let him know that it is nothing he is supposed to play with, that it is something that is OK to look at but no chewing or playing. Just say "NO!" when he sniffs it! Works like magic.
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    I own a labrador retriever

  • glamorouskat

    I have a beagle and he digs also. I found that he does this when he is bored along with chewing items we left behind. What we have done is placed him in a dog run during the day while we are gone and then letting him out when we are home to play with him. He has behaved since he’s in a smaller place and he knows that when we are home, it’s playtime.
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