Dear Cathy: My grandson adopted two rescue dogs. The second dog he adopted had been hit by a car and left on the road to die. She was found by a rescue provider, taken to a vet, nursed back to health and fostered by my grandson. She was such a sweetie that she became part of the family. She gets along well with the older dog. The problem is, a few months ago, she started to dig holes in the backyard. This has become an ongoing habit. Can you give any insight into why this is happening? She is 1.

— Esther, Floral Park, Florida

Dear Esther: Dogs dig when they’re bored, stressed or going after prey or simply because it’s instinctive and it feels good. Some breeds dig more than others, but no matter what, there are a few ways to manage the behavior.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare field.

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