Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club (GSDOC)

March 2024

Springtime Solutions: Preventing Dogs from Digging in Your Backyard or Land

As the chill of winter fades away and springtime approaches, many of us eagerly anticipate spending more time outdoors, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the beauty of nature. However, for dog owners, the arrival of spring can also bring concerns about their furry companions turning the backyard into a digging paradise. By adopting the appropriate methods, you can maintain the appearance of your yard while also ensuring a secure and pleasant setting for your canine companion.

Understanding Springtime Digging Behavior: Spring brings a burst of energy and excitement for dogs, much like it does for humans. However, this newfound excitement can sometimes manifest in undesirable behaviors, such as digging. Understanding why dogs may dig during the spring season can help us address the issue more effectively:

Increased Energy: With longer daylight hours and milder temperatures, dogs may experience a surge in energy levels, leading to restless behavior and a desire to engage in activities like digging.

Exploration: Springtime stirs the senses with the sights, sounds, and scents of nature. Dogs may be compelled to dig as they explore their surroundings and investigate new smells and sensations.

Hunting Instincts: Spring brings an abundance of wildlife activity, from birds to insects. Dogs with a strong prey drive may be tempted to dig in pursuit of small animals hiding beneath the surface.

Strategies for Springtime Digging Prevention

Channel Energy through Exercise: Spring is the perfect time to engage in outdoor activities with your dog. Regular walks, hikes, or trips to the dog park can help burn off excess energy, reducing the likelihood of boredom-induced digging.

Create a Digging Zone: Designate a specific area in your backyard where digging is allowed and encouraged. Fill this area with loose soil or sand and bury toys or treats to entice your dog to dig there instead of other parts of the yard.

Supervise and Redirect: When spending time outdoors with your dog, keep a watchful eye on their behavior. If you notice them starting to dig, intervene promptly with a gentle "no" and redirect their attention to a more appropriate activity, such as playing fetch or engaging in training exercises.

Use Natural Deterrents: Consider planting dog-friendly landscaping elements, such as dense shrubs or ground cover, to create barriers and deter digging. Additionally, sprinkling natural repellents like citrus peels or coffee grounds around areas prone to digging can help discourage the behavior.

Consistent Training and Positive Reinforcement: Consistency is key when it comes to training your dog. Use positive reinforcement techniques, such as praise, treats, or playtime, to reward good behavior and reinforce the desired outcome.

It's essential to ensure that our outdoor spaces remain enjoyable for both humans and dogs alike. By applying these strategies and welcoming the beauty of the season, you can prevent digging behavior and create a pleasant backyard environment you and your furry friend can enjoy together.
—Submitted by Alma Fong, president

Session 2 begins April 2

Our second session of classes will be announced soon on our website. The first class will start on April 2 and run through May 21. Public registration opens March 23 at 8:00 a.m. GSDOC members can register on March 21 at 8:00 a.m.

We are always in need of teachers for our classes so if you're interested in teaching a class or shadowing an existing teacher, please email Teachers earn 20 doggy dollars and assistants earn 10. Doggy dollars can be spent on membership dues and class fees.

Upcoming Elections

Final nominations for board members are due in April. Elections will be held at the May 14th General meeting. The following board members have decided to run for re-election Alma Fong, President; Ann Miller, Secretary; Denise Gnoit, Treasurer; Meridan Frost, Membership Director and Melissa Meyer, Communications Director. We are in need of a Training Director and Vice President. If you would like to run for any of these positions or nominate someone else please contact Alma Fong at We will also be voting on bylaws at the May general meeting.

Upcoming GSDOC Events

WHAT: General Meeting—Conformation with Savannah Stokes
WHEN: March 12 @ 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Versa Dog Training
WHAT: Star Puppy test
WHEN: March 19 @ 6:15 p.m.
WHERE: Versa Dog Training
OTHER: The test is open to the public and volunteers are needed.
WHAT: Canine Good Citizen test
WHEN: March 19 @ 7:15 p.m.
WHERE: Versa Dog Training
OTHER: The test is open to the public and volunteers are needed.
WHAT: Obedience Trial
WHEN: March 22-24 @ 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Versa Dog Training
OTHER: Volunteers are needed! Email Ann to sign up to volunteer at
WHAT: General Meeting—Herding with Kristen Sittner
WHEN: April 9 @ 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: TBD and weather permitting
WHAT: General Meeting—Board Elections
WHEN: May 14 @ 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Versa Dog Training
WHAT: Summer break—no classes or general meetings
WHEN: June and July
WHAT: Agility Trial
WHEN: July
WHERE: Scotsman Center, Mountain Green

Other area events

WHAT: Desert Rats Barn Hunt Club of Utah, LLC
WHEN: Sunday, April 7th, 2024
WHERE: Versa Dog Training
OTHER: Pre-entries Open: Friday, March 8th 2024
Pre-entries Close: Thursday, March 28th 2024
WHAT: Fast Cat Speed Trial for all breeds/mixed breeds
WHEN: May 3-5, 2024
WHERE: USU Bastian Agricultural Center, South Jordan
OTHER: Entry form available soon on the Utah Sight Hounds website. Event in conjunction with the Beehive Cluster dog shows.
WHAT: AKC Fetch Tests hosted by Bristle Nose AKC Club
WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2024
WHERE: Three Gates Dog Sports, West Haven, UT
OTHER: Check soon for premium.

Your 2024 Board Members are:

President: Alma Fong

Vice President: Cindy Overdahl

Secretary: Ann Miller

Treasurer: Denise Gnoit
Training Director: Vacant

Membership Director: Meridian Frost

Communications Director:
Melissa Meyer
Savannah Stokes demonstrates grooming techniques with her clumber spaniel
Savannah Stokes demonstrates grooming techniques with her clumber spaniel at the February general meeting.
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