Why Dogs Dig
I have to write this because this is one of the many problem areas, we face when trying to figure out how to stop dog behaviors that we do not like. What I am talking about is our amazing ability to justify everything that dogs do with such complexity that it will render us ineffective in our attempts at modifying said behaviors.
What I’m talking about is the subscribed theories as to why dogs dig. Here’s a couple of the reasons “behaviorists” give, when discussing canine inherited behaviors.
“The Dog Behavior Communities Reasons For Digging”
1- Denning instinct: The belief is that throughout the evolutionary process, our dogs have an instinctual desire to seek out protected shelter. If no such shelter is available, they will create (dig) their own.
The Spirit Dog says, “Although this may sound like an logical analysis of the digging behavior, wild canid species rarely if ever seek out this type of shelter. They will bed down in any area that they perceive will afford them protection from other predators and during inclement weather.
2- Mothers denning instinct : Again, the thoughts and teachings here are that wild canids dig dens for their litters.
The Spirit Dog says, ” Although a limited number of wild canids will dig dens for their young, woodlands afford them plenty of denning spots without the need to excavate.
There are numerous other explanations as to why dogs dig, according to whats written. And in general, the current explanations of dogs inherited behaviors.
The problems associated with most of these descriptions are the individuals that studied these behaviors, did not have an intimate knowledge of their subject matter before hand. The results although well intentioned in meaning, unfortunately has had a negative impact on the dog owners ability to modify unwanted behaviors .
Let’s think about this for a moment, were talking about dogs here. A species that derives great pleasure from the simplest things in life, playing in dirt, mud or snow, chewing stuff up, running around chasing each other, play fighting or wrestling with one another, and yes digging for fun.
Wow, that sounds eerily similar to little kids, doesn’t it ? The difference is, a dogs mind never gets past that child like stage.
If you have previously read some of my stuff you know that not only do I love dogs, but I have devoted my life to saving the wonderful animals that have nowhere else to go. So I am in no way trying to make fun of our dogs intelligence level, although from time to time I may make fun of the dog training communities intelligence, well at least those that deserve it.
In case you missed it above, Dogs dig because it’s fun for them.
The Spirit Dog
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