It's that time of year when I want to garden, and Jasper wants to help... or he wants me to play with him and if he gets bored, he knows how to get my attention... or he's feeling a little warm so wants to dig himself a nice cool scrape. I say scrape, he can dig down a couple of feet in no time at all, and the spoil ends up all over the lawn and the border on the other side of the garden. I thought it might be useful to share some tips on how to prevent our little darlings from heading for Australia... 1) Plant stuff in the gaps. Not really an option for us, as if we planted enough to stop digging now, it would be a thicket by the end of the summer. And unless we planted very large plants, he'd just dig them up too. 2) Giving them somewhere else to dig - I've tried this, but by the time we've got to a suitable area he's forgotten what it was he wanted to do anyway. And anyway that wasn't where he wanted to dig! 3) Yelling 'OI!!' I've had some success with this, and then he'll come to me for a reward, but it's not 100% effective, and I sometimes get the impression he starts digging just so he can get the reward. 4) Strew old logs & branches around the bare areas - this is the one we've had most success with. Maybe I'll have to dismantle the log pile and turn all the bare bits into low-level log piles till the plants have grown up a bit. Any more ideas?