Check out our photo gallery below to learn about six possible motivations for canine dish digging and what you can do to help curb the habit.
Reason No. 1: She's hot.
Solution: If your dog is potentially dish-digging to cool off, provide her with an outdoor kiddie pool to wade in. If she's a good swimmer, you can also give her plenty of chances to swim at a dog-friendly pool or beach.
Reason No. 2: She sees something.
Solution: Stainless steel dishes reflect light, and
your dog may be trying to catch the reflection by pawing and digging at the dish. Change her dish to one that's a solid, non-reflective color or put her water in a spill-proof container.
Reason No. 3: She's bored.
Solution: If you suspect your dog's digging out of boredom, provide her with activities that will stimulate her
mentally and physically. Daily walks, food puzzles, doggy day care and fun activities, such as fetch, tug and hide-and-seek, are excellent boredom busters and great ways to expend her energy.
Reason No. 4: She prefers moving water.
Solution: Your dog may be digging in the bowl to create movement in the water. For pets
partial to moving water, using a pet water fountain
that creates a continual fresh stream of water may reduce her need to
make waves of her own.
Reason No. 5: She wants attention.
Solution: If digging in her bowl elicits a response from you, your dog may be repeating the behavior for attention. To get her to stop, ignore the behavior. Next time you see her splashing in her water dish, simply walk away.