It sure is true that it takes quite some maintenance to have a nice, presentable and usable GRASSY backyard with especially larger canine family members romping around, running along the fence to socialize or argue with the neighbor dogs and of course poo-ing.
I see dog owners at loss when their canines develop their habit of having a blast turning the yard into holey field…. you have a digging problem! And they sure have a different opinion of how the perfect hang-out area should look like.
So What To Do??
Always supervising them while outside? — That gets old fast and you wanna be able to do other things in the meantime and not restrict outside time to just a few minutes to go poo…
Scolding them? — Nah, that doesn’t work because bad attention is attention too and that’s exactly what your dog loves, attention from you…
Well, and praising him doesn’t make sense either lol
The “Quick” Fix
Covering dug up areas with chicken wire. I know.. It’s not pretty for the moment but keeps your pup from digging as it’s not comfortable and he is not getting anywhere with the chicken wire in place.
Just make sure that the cut edges are not poking upwards to hurt your pup. Your grass gets some rest to grow back or you want to spread some new grass seed out.
The Fun Zone
How about embracing what your dog loves so much?
A designated fun area! Just pick an area of your yard like off to the side but still in sight so your pup still feels like part of the party when you are out there too and fence off this partition.
You can really deck that out nicely with a fence style of your choice if you don’t like chicken wire, like wooden posts with robe or modern wire cables.
If you choose a corner of your yard, you can hang a sun sail in the corner for a shady area and even a cool dog house for nap time.
If the idea of building a cool dog house got your hooked,
check out these sites for building plans:
You can keep a grassy area for going poo (lovely because the rest of your yard is not a land mine field anymore)
and to get back to the digging issue, you could have a good sized spot within this fun area covered with sand or even put up a large sand box like you’d have for two-legged toddlers …. overall you pooch is your fur kid, right?! 🙂
Now to add even more to the excitement, bury dog toys and/or treat bones in the sand and you can only imagine how much FUN this not only is for your dog but also for you watching him having a blast while enjoying YOUR area dig-(and poo)spot-free!
Got another idea to keep dogs from digging or have you built doggy haven in your backyard? Would love to hear from ya.