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How-To: Stop Your Dog from Digging

The latest solutions to stop your dog from digging up plants in the garden.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

If your pet is eating plants, it could be a sign of a nutrient imbalance, so schedule a visit to the vet. Most likely, though, this mischievous behavior is a sign of boredom. Redirect your dog to another activity, like a game of fetch, says Kirsten Theisen, director of pet-care issues at the Humane Society of the United States. And make the garden a less desirable spot to dig in by placing flat rocks around plants and spraying the area with a mix of water and lemon juice (most dogs dislike citrus scents).

Martha Stewart Living, May 2014