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Why do dogs dig holes?

Some dogs just can’t help it. Let them loose in the backyard and the temptation is just too great.

Some dogs just can’t help it. Let them loose in the backyard and the temptation is just too great. Their front paws become a crazy set of whirring garden tools as they furiously set to work digging a hole. Dogs that dig for fun often do it when they’re left outside alone to find their own entertainment and have no toys, playmates or other outlet for their energy. Some dogs dig because they are attempting a getaway. It could be that they just see something they want to chase, want to escape confinement or they could be dealing with separation anxiety. Dogs might simply be digging a hole to find a cooler spot to escape the summer heat. In colder, rainier weather, they may be trying to find protection from the elements. This is based on hereditary behaviour when wild dogs and their relatives would bury extra food and bones so they could eat them later. Dogs sometimes dig in search of insects or other prey that run on the ground or underground. They might go hunting for moles or chipmunks or anything else they see scurrying around the ground.

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