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05/27/2016 02:13 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Easy and Safe Ways to Stop Dogs from Digging Up the Yard

Keeping your dog from destroying your yard and flowerbeds isn't easy. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help prevent your new pup from tearing up your landscaping:

#1 Diagnose the issue.

There are a number of different reasons why dogs start digging: They might be bored, looking for pests or trying to escape the heat. Some breeds are more prone to digging than others. Spend some time watching your pup and take note of what causes digging. Then, you can work to address the problem and prevent it from happening again.

Photo courtesy of Restoration Landscape and Home Services in Snellville, GA

#2 Add a fence.

Install a fence around your flowers, shrubbery and other key design elements of your yard. A small picket fence is often all you need to keep your pup out of your landscaping. Many homeowners don't realize just how much a fence can deter a pup from digging.

#3 Use pine cones to form a moat.

Instead of investing in traditional mulch for your flowerbeds, try making a bed out of pinecones. Pinecones are uncomfortable on your pet's paws, which will deter digging in that area. Pinecones are inexpensive and make an excellent showpiece for decorating your yard.

Photo courtesy of Brewer Co Painting in Haysville, KS

#4 Create a dig-friendly space.

Prevent your pup from tearing up your landscaping by dedicating a section of your yard to digging. Isolating a portion of the yard for digging will prevent your dog from tearing up other parts of your property.

Photo courtesy of Design & Order in El Segundo, CA

#5 Mix in spices.

Sprinkle powdered mustard and crushed red pepper around your yard. Once your dog tastes the blend, the digging will stop.

Conclusion

By following the tips above, you can prevent your pups from destroying your yard without spending a fortune.

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