by Gigi McWhirter
Have you ever wondered why your dog is digging holes in the yard? Have you also wondered why he can’t be trained to dig where you want that new tree planted?
While the second question may never be answered, here are a few reasons why yours may be a canine excavator:
- Searching for pesky rascals such as mice, gophers, bunnies, bugs or other creatures that live underground.
- Boredom or seeking adventure outside of the fence — the grass is always greener on the other side.
- Trying to get to something.
- Smelling something buried in the ground — the smellier the better!
- Creating a cool spot on a summer’s day.
Whatever the reason, it is important to figure out why your dog is digging so you can try to correct the situation.
If your dog is digging to get out, you should reinforce the area to prevent escaping. If boredom is the reason, take your dog for a walk or create a dog safe playground in the yard. If they are looking for underground creatures, consult with a pest control expert to safely rid the area of the little culprits.
If the weather is too extreme for you to be out in it, it is also too extreme for your dog. Add shade trees, water and a covered shelter so they can seek refuge until you can get them into a comfortable, safe place.
Another reason not to have dogs dig is Valley Fever. Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis) is a fungus found in the soil of the American Southwest, with our area having the infamous title of being the “Epicenter of Valley Fever”. Once inhaled, it can cause infection, and if not treated properly, it can be a deadly and miserable way to go. Not all soil carries the fungus, but it is very prevalent in and around Casa Grande and should be of concern.
For more information on Valley Fever, please consult with your favorite veterinarian and check out the University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence website:
Now, if we could only teach them to help dig that foundation for the she-shed or man-cave, swimming pool or hole for that new shade tree…
Happy Tails to you!