Digging is a natural instinctive behavior for dogs. There are many reasons dogs dig which go back to their forefathers in nature.
In nature, a wild dog or relative of the dog will dig dens to keep their young safe and warm. Sleeping in a den protects the young pups from extreme temperatures, both hot and cold and from predators.
Our pet dogs share the desire to sleep in and under things that resemble a den. They often dig at the ground and circle before lying down, as though they’re trying to make a softer resting place. Many dogs do this on the carpet, or furniture or on their own dog bed as well.
Dogs also dig when trying to get warm or stay cool, to relieve boredom, to bury valued resources such as chews or toy and as a means of escape from the yard. Many breeds also dig naturally such as earth dogs like terriers and Dachunds when hunting ground-dwelling vermin.
Why dogs dig inside
You may have seen your dog or other dogs digging inside at the carpet or floor, or on their beds. This often is to make a spot more comfortable before lying down. However, in many cases, this is the result of boredom and frustration. To cure this behavior it is important to ensure your dog gets adequate physical exercise in addition to mental stimulation.
The best toys to provide mental stimulation for your dog are interactive puzzle toys or food stuffing toys such as a Kong for dogs. To learn more read “Top 7 puzzle toys for dogs” and “How to use a Kong”
Chewing is also a natural instinctive behavior for dogs and has many more benefits than just cleaning their teeth and dental health. When a dog chews it releases feel-good endorphins to the brain. Chewing is excellent for boredom and stress relief and making a dog feel calm. To learn more about the benefits of chewing for dogs see this article.
Toys for dogs that like to dig
Indoor dog digging toy
This is the first dog toy that has been specially designed to cater to your dog’s natural digging instinct. You simply hide their favorite toy or treats in the flaps and let them dig away to uncover the hidden treasure. Not only will the action of digging help burn off pent-up energy, but the mental challenge of working out how to get to the goodies will help to tire them also.
Check out the video to see how this works or view the iDig Go on Amazon.
Indoor dog digging box
If you are unable to get an iDig or are looking for a lower cost option for indoor digging for your dog perhaps try a ball pit like the ones used by children. You can hide treats or your dog’s favorite toy in among the balls and let your dog go to it. Check out ball pits on Amazon.
Dig box for dogs
If your dog has a habit of digging up your yard, try a dig box for them. This way they can provide for their nature digging instinct without ruining your garden. Simply fill up a Sand Box with soil or sand, hide some chews or toys in it to encourage them to dig only there. If you choose to use sand be aware that the sand can get quite hot in the warmer weather. Just wet down the sand before allowing your dog to use it. Check out the range of Sand Pits on Amazon
A Snuffe Mat is another great way to provide for your dog’s natural digging instinct and to provide mental stimulation and relieve boredom. A Snuffe mat is a mat that is made of fleece and you can hide dry food or treats into it. If you are someone that is good at crafts you can try to make one yourself or check out the range of Snuffle Mats at Amazon.
Summary – Dog toys for diggers
Digging is a natural instinctive behavior for dogs which they do for a number of reasons. Quite often digging is a sign that your dog is bored and frustrated. The above suggestions are a good way to provide for your dog’s natural digging instinct and to provide mental stimulation and relieve boredom.