How To Stop A Yorkie From Digging Where You Don’t Want Them To
If you want to stop your Yorkie from digging where you don’t want them to, the following steps can help you:
Give your Yorkie plenty of exercise
Giving your dog plenty of exercise reduces the excess energy Yorkies often have. They dig to release this built-up energy. The more exercise your dog gets, the less likely they are to want to dig. If your pet is digging because they are bored, exercising can prevent this too.
Limit your Yorkie’s access to certain areas
Prevention is often better than cure and limiting your dogs access to certain areas is the most obvious and effective way to stop Yorkies’ digging. If your dog is not allowed near the garden or similar places, they can’t dig and cause any damage to gardens or lawns.
Plant robust flowers, vegetables and plants
Some plants, flowers and vegetables can withstand the threat of digging. You can start to plant these types of flowers, vegetables and plants. Planting roses is one way to do this because these flowers are able to defend themselves with their thorns and make your Yorkie think twice about going near them.
Use Buried Chicken wire
This is great way to prevent Yorkshire Terriers from digging. Simply roll up the top layer of turf in your garden. Then, place chicken wire under the turf. The chicken wire won’t be visible, and once your Yorkie tries and fails to dig, he or she will soon give up, and won’t attempt to dig there again.
Allocate a place for digging
In some situations its wiser to let your Yorkshire Terrier continue this activity. Allocating a place to dig is probably the best solution if your dog will be spending a lot of time in the yard or garden. When this digging area has been established, you have to make sure that your Yorkie will only dig in this area, and not in other places. Sand boxes can also be used as a dedicated area for digging. Monitor your Yorkies behavior, and make sure they are only digging in the sandbox. Praise your pet if they are using the sandbox, and correct your dog if they attempt to dig in other areas. You can reinforce this by giving your dog a treat.
Digging and burrowing is a natural trait of Yorkshire Terriers because of the way they were originally bred in the past. It’s difficult to stop this behavior. The methods above are some straight-forward ways to solve the problem of how to stop your Yorkie from digging and prevent frequent damage to your garden, lawn and yard.