Dog Breeds that Lawn-Lovers Might Not ‘Dig’

Dogs are often called “man’s best friend.” However, if you pride yourself on a well-kept lawn, consider these habits and tips before you make your final decision.

Most dogs have a digging tendency, but some are more likely to dig holes in your yard than others are.

For example, the name “terrier” means “earth dog.” Terriers were bred to dig into tunnels and chase foxes and rodents out of their burrows (how do you think the rat terrier got its name?). A single terrier can dig dozens of holes in a yard in just a few hours, so if you’d prefer your lawn not look like the surface of the moon, a terrier may not be the right dog for you.
Other breeds to reconsider include arctic-bred dogs. Though we don’t usually get a lot of snow in Georgia, dogs bred for cold environments, including Huskies and Malamutes, may dig into the earth to satisfy their instinct to burrow into the snow. A dog that is too hot may also dig to create a cool place to lie.

Regardless of breed, a bored dog is also likely to dig holes. Dogs are highly intelligent animals, and if left alone, they’ll entertain themselves. Digging a hole can be very entertaining—just ask any 3-year-old.

If your dog’s digging is causing problems, give your four-legged excavator an outlet for some of that energy. Play fetch, take a walk, or just spend some time with your pet. A fenced area can keep digging damage to a minimum as well.

Dogs are wonderful companions, so most pet lovers are willing to accept a few holes in their yard in exchange for the love of their canine family members. Just remember that like children, pets love quality time. Find opportunities to play. You, your yard, and your pets will be healthier and happier as a result.