Does Cinnamon Keep Dogs From Digging?
Some lists include cinnamon as a home remedy that will keep dogs from digging—but it won't work for most dogs. While cinnamon is a smell many dogs do not like, the aversion may not be strong enough to prevent them from digging. Note: If you'd like to try using cinnamon as a deterrent, do not use the essential oil version as it can be poisonous to dogs.
Tips to Prevent Digging
While cinnamon probably won't bring great results, there are many other things you can try to keep dogs from digging. Dogs dig because it's fun, to try to escape, to keep cool, or because they are hunting. If you can figure out why your dog is digging, you'll have a leg up in searching for a solution. Here are a few things to try:
- Don't leave your dog alone outside for long periods.
- Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise.
- Provide plenty of toys to keep your dog entertained.
- Ensure your dog has proper shelter from the sun.
- If you notice signs of burrowing pests in your yard, such as gophers, call a humane exterminator to have them safely removed.
- If your dog is digging near your fence, it's likely he is trying to escape. Secure the area around the fence by adding chicken wire or halfway burying rocks around the perimeter until you find a way to curb the digging.
Still Want to Try Cinnamon?
If you search online, you will find information from pet owners who recommend cinnamon as a dog deterrent. Even if it would deter your dog, it might be difficult to sprinkle enough cinnamon in your yard to be effective. Also, while some of the online advice includes promoting the use of essential oils, it's worth saying again that doing so is hazardous to your dog.
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