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    i have looked up a few threads on this forum but i haven't found my answer yet, my dog loves to dig holes and it is pissing off my parents. what can i do short of moving out?

    my dog digs holes when he is outside by himself. i usually do not catch him in the act of digging one.

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    The first thing that comes to mind is to give him something else to do. Perhaps a big marrow bone, or a kong or some other kind of entertainment that would last him a long time.

    Some people here have sand pits that they teach their dog to only use. Never done that myself though, so i'll leave it up to them to explain exactly how they work that.

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    he might be outside for about 20 minutes max and then i will call him in and find a new hole.

    sometimes he will be home alone and we will find them when we get back.

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    I think the main way I dealt with it - was as a puppy - she had designated areas to dig. And it wasn't allowed anywhere else. Now she sometimes scratches up a bit of lawn to get attention... but doesn't get into crater digging and there's no point digging for attention if I'm not there. I fill any holes where I don't want them with dog poop and top up with dirt.

    Mostly she doesn't have the opportunity. When I go out - she's inside until I get home.

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    I am one of the sandpit people..we have a huge one and it does not even have sides now as the white ants ate it and we had to get rid of that. Our area is about 12x12feet.....in the ground, so that it is cool in Summer. In a shady place too. mine spend hours playing in it. And every time we get a new dog it is shown by the older ones where the sandpit is. We have no other holes now. I started by placing dry food bits in and also some bones and toys. Would do it everyday....dogs still get the occasional surprise as we place stuff in it quite frequently.


    DSC_0333 by newfsie, on Flickr

    Katy showing Yussie on her first day how it is done.....its cute as she had not used it for ages, but took the pup to both the sandpit and dam that day


    DSC_0334 by newfsie, on Flickr


    DSC_0369 by newfsie, on Flickr

    In these pics the sand has flattened out.we have actually added some as Harry and Yussie spend a lot of time in there
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    I used to have this same problem with my dog Cassie. She currently has a sandpit to dig in, but supplying toys and bones is also a great distraction. Is he being walked regularly? Dogs need daily stimulation and going for a walk is great because their senses just go nuts, things to hear, smell and see. And it's a great use of that extra energy too.

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    I have had this problem with Amelia and (fingers crossed!) I have found yelling/smacking the hole seems to work!

    You might feel silly but I yelled "NO! BAD! etc" and hit the hole with my hand and she came over to me and looked all sad. We have only had one small hole again and that was a week and a half ago!

    Please note, I did NOT hit Amelia! only the hole! I didn't even make her stand with me, she came over herself and lay down on her back and showed me her belly!

    She is obviously very energetic being a border collie and we also give her balls/food toys/etc and take her for two walks a day so that also helps!

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    I have found yelling/smacking the hole seems to work!
    This is a favourite method of my old vet. It worked on our previous family dog (stopped her digging out pots of plants, but my dog - just wants to join in. And will help yell at the hole and dig it some more...

    So we have a dig dig command and we use that at the beach with lots of success - especially (with permission) to help kids build sand castle moats.

    And having it put on command, there seems to be less of it in the garden - tho there are designated spots she's allowed to dig, and anywhere else I just interrupt her and give her somewhere else to be.

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    I've never found the answer to why they dig holes or how to stop them digging...I just buy a half tonne of soil when needed and fill them in.
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