When you try to stop Spot from shoveling away the soil in the backyard, you’re waging a battle against instincts inherited from his wolf ancestors. Dogs dig holes for several reasons including:

To cool off: Freshly dug dirt makes a great escape from the heat on summer days.

To bury themselves: Just like wolves that bury food for survival, dogs feel an instinctive urge to hide precious items – such as bones and chew toys – for later retrieval.

To have fun: Some dog breeds (especially terriers and others bred to hunt burrowing rodents) just enjoy digging.

To keep themselves occupied: Certain dogs suffer separation anxiety when they’re left alone all day. Digging gives them something to do.


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