Help! Our dog digs in the flowers!!

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We have a 6 month old Boxer who loves to dig in our flower beds and chews on the plants. Since it is still winter, we are not too concerned yet, but it will soon be spring and we will be planting. Is there any tricks we can use to keep him from digging up the flower beds and plants that may deter him from eating them? Of course, we don't want him to get sick, but would like him to stop.
We are in the process of training him, but we are not sure how quick that will happen.
q help with our dog digging in the flowers
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  • User User on Jan 31, 2018
    Put some hot chilli in the garden. It will deter the dog and also keep the chipmunks away

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 31, 2018
    try making the garden a less inviting place- add some rocks, spray some vinegar, it will discourage the little guy from playing there

  • Sharon Jenkins Robinette Sharon Jenkins Robinette on Jan 31, 2018
    Put moth balls around them on in the pot . They will not do it anymore. It is great to keep cats from digging in flower bed also. It also works to keep snakes away. I have done this for years.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Jan 31, 2018
    Aww what a good boy! Here is some instructions I found that may help you
    To keep dogs from digging in your flower beds, sprinkle I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent directly on the immediate and surrounding area you want to protect. Initially treat every 5 - 7 days and after heavy rains. Thereafter, apply as necessary to maintain control.

  • You are doing the right thing - training. He is beautiful, and looks to be young. Digging is in their nature. Here are some great links to help you out. Just be patient and consistent.



  • Terrie Day Terrie Day on Feb 01, 2018
    I used a wall of rolled wire fencing until my dog was old enough to understand not to do that. Mothballs work too. Put it in your hand. Let him smell it then very stinky day NOOOOOOO! He will associate that smell with a bad thing.

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Feb 01, 2018
    I have a specified spot in my backyard the dogs are allowed to dig. In the summer it's a pool filled with dirt. Dogs are dogs, they dig. I found if one dog digs in the area I allow...the others follow suit. It's fun for them, and easy on me.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Feb 01, 2018
    Very cute boy! I have a short "reminder" fence around my gardens. She can jump it if she really wants to, but it really helps.

  • Nancy Still Nancy Still on Feb 01, 2018
    Very good advice here.. sometimes you just got to let a dog be a dog.. they are our sweethearts!!

  • TVAFHGr TVAFHGr on Feb 01, 2018
    I had a beagle once that liked to dig. I read somewhere (don't remember, many moons ago) to put the dog's feces where you DON'T want him to go. I did that around a fence to keep him in. When he was around 2 yrs, he wasn't interested in the fence anymore.

  • Judy Sideb Judy Sideb on Feb 02, 2018
    Lay chicken wire or something similar under the surface. Your flowers will grow through it.

  • Jodie Woods Jodie Woods on Feb 02, 2018
    Your little guy looks a lot my 18 month old female. Boxers are a handful when they’re young!

    • Nessa Nessa on Feb 03, 2018
      They’re a handful when they’re old too! ‘Mad as a box of frogs’ is a favourite saying in our house.... still..... 8 years on!🤪

  • Karel M. Steil Karel M. Steil on Feb 03, 2018
    Sprinkle the garden with Cayenne pepper (it works for our rabbits, too). I have also placed tiny mouse traps in the garden. When they snap shut, it should scare your dog away, but they are too small to catch the dog's paw.

  • Susan Bitters Baker Susan Bitters Baker on Feb 03, 2018
    Place a balloon in the hole he has dug and bury it. When he digs the ballon will pop and scare him. Just keep doing it until he understand that he can’t dig there.

  • Melissa V Melissa V on Feb 03, 2018
    Unfortunately for us boxer lovers ( I have a brindle boxer/Belgian malinois mix), they have the Peter Pan complex-they don’t want to grow up!!! So, with most puppies you could say they’ll outgrow it, and your handsome dude just might, but then they find other things to play with. We put fencing around the daylilies, laid it down under the lilac, ended up closing off the side where she found something interesting under the house...she’ll Be 12 and she still has her nose to the ground/snow/deck,etc. I just try to work on the front yard and deal with those critters!!! 🐿🦌🐇🍁☘️🐜🕷

  • Jodie Woods Jodie Woods on Feb 03, 2018
    That’s pretty chaotic, Nessa! We had 3 Boxers at once in our house while the boys were teens. I did the training and the boys did the playing. One by one our little clown dogs passed away and the boys moved away with families of their own. But we couldn’t leave well enough alone, we had to have that madness back in our lives or else we’d just waist away. My husband found our little Emily online and told me he was in love while showing me her picture and 4 hours later she was home with us. At our age we’ve wondered if we should’ve had our heads examined for getting such a lively pup without lively boys to keep her busy but then, even with all the chaos, we couldn’t be happier!

  • Karen Durante Karen Durante on Feb 03, 2018
    He is so cute! I personally wouldn’t do anything where he can get hurt - no offense to any helpful Hometalkers here. Please NOT the balloon idea as he could choke on it if he swallows it. Pups don’t know better and put things in their mouths. Years ago, we almost lost our yellow lab pup when she accidentally swallowed a rubber band. Chicken wire can hurt paws/mouth, pup may eat those feces (eww), moth balls seem dangerous. Ask your vet or favorite pet store. Years ago, we used something called Bitter Apple that worked very well. However not sure if that is still an appropriate product.

    • Got3805365 Got3805365 on Feb 04, 2018
      Section off part of the yard just for them, their own yard with a gate!

  • Susie Susie on Feb 03, 2018
    Your dog is so cute! We had that problems and what we did was bury her poop in the hole she dug. It deterred her from continuing the digging. Who knew!

  • 10v32354899 10v32354899 on Feb 04, 2018
    Better pet supply places carry air cans for dog training. When you notice the unwanted Behavior, as it is happening, you can give ONE blast of the air can. It emits a noise dogs can hear but we can't. It will get his attention. Make sure you follow the training guidelines. Victoria tell him to stop first. Do not yell but be firm. Start training him now or when you try to train him out of it come spring he will get confused. Sounds like he is just an normal pup and a good boy.

  • Stephanie Stephanie on Feb 04, 2018
    Oh my goodness, he's so CUTE! I had two boxers, and when we didn't want them on the couch or in a certain area, even outside, we would place a soda can with pennies in it. If they jumped on the couch, it would make a terrible noise. After a short while, just looking at the can would deter them. If all else fails... I'll take him off your hands! LOL! He's so beautiful. Looks a lot like my female brindle. I miss that face! Good luck to you!