A video of a boxer dog “helping his dad fix sprinklers” has thrilled TikTok viewers, amassing over 300,000 views.
In the video, Charlee the boxer puppy can be seen digging a hole next to his owner, who is fixing sprinklers in the front yard.
“I help daddy, I help,” one user commented, to which the original poster replied, “She helped till she started pulling the pipes. Daddy said it was time to go out for the day.”
Why do dogs dig holes?
Whether at the beach, in the park, or in your own backyard, some dogs love to dig. There are many reasons why your dog might do this; for entertainment, comfort or protection, to name a few.
According to The Humane Society, “Dogs often dig in an effort to catch burrowing animals or insects that live in your yard.” This can be the case if your dog concentrates on a single area rather than moving around the yard, or often digs at the roots of trees and shrubs.
Dogs can also dig holes in hot weather to cool off, whether in your backyard or at the beach. Likewise, they may dig to keep warm or shelter from rain and cold. If your dog exhibits chronic digging behavior, he could be understimulated.
“For dogs, digging is a great way to relieve boredom,” says pet advice site The Spruce Pets. “If a stressed dog is pushed past a certain threshold, he or she may become so anxious that he begins to dig frantically in an attempt to escape whatever terrifies him.”
How do I stop my dog from digging?
If your dog likes to dig in your yard to cool off on a hot day, try providing a shady spot for your dog to relax, suggests The Spruce Pets.
Some dogs’ desire to dig can wreak havoc on your flower beds. Hill’s Pet Nutrition recommends placing barriers in your beds: “This can include burying chicken wire along fences, placing rocks or cobblestones in garden beds, or planting bushes around the perimeter of the yard. “
If your dog just can’t resist digging holes, why not sort out a designated spot in the yard? A sandbox can work well.
TikTok users loved the adorable videos, with Ophelia Petunia posting, “Charlee got the mission.”
User amandamartin2178 commented: “Lmao but did you get the moment when dad looks to check his hole and sees a different hole.” And user8865954978380 wrote: “Omg. So cute! Love it.”
Newsweek reached out to @halfabeaner313 via TikTok for comment.
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