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How Deep To Bury A Dog? Your Complete Guide To Your Best Friend’s Final Resting Place

how deep to bury a dog

Burying a beloved pet is an emotional and difficult experience for many pet owners. When it comes to burying a dog, there are many questions and concerns that arise, such as how deep to bury the dog, what to do to prevent odor, and alternative options. 

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In this article, we will answer some of these questions and provide guidance on the best way to bury your dog and say goodbye. 

If you can dig a deeper hole, then do so.  In general, the deeper the better.

Is two feet deep enough to bury a dog?

Burying a dog at a depth of two feet may not be deep enough to prevent scavengers from digging up the grave, and it may not be deep enough to prevent the odor from reaching the surface. However, if you live in an area with rocky or hard soil conditions, burying your dog at a depth of two feet may be the best you can do.

What is the best way to bury your dog after euthanasia?

The best way to bury your dog is to find a suitable location on your property, away from any water sources or areas where people gather. Dig a hole at least three feet deep, or deeper if possible, and place your dog’s body inside a biodegradable bag or wrapped in a cloth or blanket. You can then cover the body with soil and pack it down firmly. You may want to mark the grave with a headstone or other memorial to honor your pet’s memory.

Another great way to remember your dog is to plant a tree or a flower over their grave. For children, having a funeral where they get to say goodbye can help them closure and prepare them for the realities of death. Losing a dog can affect a child’s mental health, so having a proper burial can be important for children transition through the grieving process.

Alternatives to burying your dog

Alternatives to burying your dog

If burying your dog on your property is not an option, there are alternatives available. Many pet crematoriums offer individual or communal cremation services, where your dog’s remains are respectfully handled and either returned to you or scattered in a designated area. You can also consider a pet cemetery, where your dog’s remains can be buried or placed in a pet mausoleum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you bury a dog with lime to prevent odor and decomposition?

Some pet owners bury their dogs with lime to help prevent odor and decomposition. While lime can be effective at reducing odor and aiding in decomposition, it can also be harmful to the environment and to other animals that may come into contact with it. Additionally, lime can be a skin irritant and may cause harm to the person handling it. Therefore, it is not recommended to bury your dog with lime.

Should you bury dogs in plastic?

It is not recommended to bury dogs in plastic because it can slow down or prevent the natural decomposition process, leading to potential environmental problems. Plastic can also trap moisture and gasses, which can cause the body to bloat and produce unpleasant odors. If you want to bury your dog in a container, it is best to use a biodegradable bag or a natural material such as a cloth or blanket. These options allow the body to decompose naturally and do not harm the environment.

How deep should you bury small dogs?

The depth at which you should bury a small dog is the same as for larger dogs, which is at least three feet deep. This depth helps prevent scavengers from digging up the grave and also helps prevent the odor from reaching the surface. Even though small dogs are smaller in size, it is still recommended to bury them at a depth of at least three feet to ensure proper burial and avoid any potential problems.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, burying a dog is a difficult and emotional experience, but with proper preparation and care, you can ensure that your pet is laid to rest respectfully and safely. Bury your dog at a depth of at least three feet, or deeper if possible, in a suitable location on your property. 

Consider alternatives to burying if necessary, such as cremation or pet cemeteries. And remember, it’s important to take the time to grieve and honor your pet’s memory in a way that feels right for you and your family.


Tamsin De La Harpe


Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions.

Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

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