How to Break 7 Common Bad Dog Habits

3. Digging in the Yard

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Digging is an extremely rewarding activity for dogs, whether they're digging to reach a scent or simply to release pent-up energy. Help your dog practice this behavior appropriately by giving him a sandbox or section of the yard where he's allowed to dig.


Make sure this area has clearly marked visual boundaries, and use treats and toys to make this new digging place more exciting than the old one.

4. Barking in the Car

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Those shrill yaps from the backseat can be your dog expressing many emotions, from fear and frustration to exuberant joy. The best way to address barking in the car is to employ restraint equipment, like a harness or a crate to help your pet feel more secure. Other options include using a pheromone spray to help relax your dog, or giving him a chew toy to focus on during the car ride.

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