Our expert says:
As you have observed, it's not about space. Many factors can cause dogs to dig: certain breeds dig more than others; anxiety about owners or other animals; attention-seeking; boredom etc. The fox terrier is a digging breed, but is also very intelligent and thus needs lots to keep it occupied or it will find things to keep busy, like digging. Having a lot of space is not the answer. You need to get the dogs outside your property for daily walks and give them lots of interesting toys to play with. Don't reprimand or punish them, even if you catch them in the act as this could be seen by them as entertaining (even if they appear scared at the time) - reinforcement, rather than punishment. Ignore all holes and fill them in when the dogs are not around to see. Water the holes afterwards (to remove your scent) and put some of their faeces on top. At the same time I would suggest you give them a digging pit or area where you don't mind them digging. Encourage them to dig there, keep it damp, bury some of their toys there and try to fence off or cover other areas with mesh to discourage them. Separation anxiety may be another reason they are digging so be careful not to give them too much attention when you are home - encourage independence. However spend a few minutes each day with each dog (e.g. grooming, playing calmly, massaging, talking) and giving each one your full attention. These are just a few ideas and you may need to contact an accredited animal behaviour consultant if you require a full consultation: www.animal-behaviour.org.za
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