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    Default Dogs Digging Under the Fence

    My dog keeps digging under the rear fence to get into the neighbour's yard. I've thought about investing in those kits with the electronic collar but the other part of the problem is that the neighbour's dog is just as bad and I catch him digging through to my yard.

    I take my dog for regular walks so he doesn't get too bored, and the yard is fairly large (25m X 15m) but I know that the neighbour's dog doesn't get any exercise at all.

    I've tried filling the holes with dog poo, bricks, rocks and even using bags of quick-set concrete but the dogs just dig through or around the obstacle and with about 20m of property overlapping I'm sick of back-filling holes after they've been created.

    Is there anything I can do to stop this? Its been getting worse since the neighbour's dog worked out that if he digs through to my yard he can then jump over my front gate and is free to roam the street...

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    Hiya and welcome

    Have you spoken to your neighbour re the problem? As sounds like you guys are going to need to work together to keep those 2 cheeky doggies secure....

    When you say regular walks, how long/often are we talking? As i am thinking upping the exercise for your dog would probably be a good idea too, a tired dog is not a bored dog.

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    I had the exact same problem. We had some 40cmsq concrete pavers left over at home and layed them along the fence line - if they try and dig the pavers drop....they only do it once!

    The other thing we did was cut a little grill about 30 cm wide and about 15cm high in the fence - we got same pine lattice that was laying around and put it over the grill (chicken wire would do the same job). The dogs can sit there and see each other and sniff. Digging problem was solved immediately.

    Took us about a day to get all this together but was very worth it. We also occasionally let the dogs play together.

    Hope this helps.

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    I put wire on the ground in front of the fence, my dogs don't like the feeling on their paws.

    I also use Orange Power room deodorizer to spray onto areas I would like them to avoid.

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    Default Looks like you have tried a lot!

    Hey Toobs,

    Please! Please! Do not buy an electronic collar. In my opinion it is inhumane and very cruel. And although it may fix the problem, what you are doing is teaching by fear.

    I strongly suggest using reward based positive training works. Consider buying Paul Owens' - The dog whisperer, it is a good read and it will show you why and how using and electric collar really isn't your best option...

    My advice:
    If the passage through to the gate is narrow (a corridor) then try and block the gate off a few metres back with chicken wire.

    If the fence is not entered through a narrow passage, you should consider making the gate longer so that it nearly touches the bottom. I'm quite surprised that the poo method didn't work!

    I can see that you are fed up, and I understand how you could be. Another possible cause is that your dog is simply bored. If your dog has something to do (eg a job) then it will be at work. Jobs can range from bringing toys back and forth across the yard, or simply just playing with them. I see that you are walking her and that is very good. You could even consider, if your dog likes fetch, to buy an automatic fetch machine.

    Your dog takes the ball and puts it in the machine and then the machine pumps out the balls for your dog to then return to the machine and push the ball through again.

    Just my 2 cents,
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    Quote Originally Posted by *Dogluver* View Post
    Hey Toobs,

    Please! Please! Do not buy an electronic collar. In my opinion it is inhumane and very cruel. And although it may fix the problem, what you are doing is teaching by fear.

    Charlie
    I fully agree, any type of electronic collars are definitely bloody inhumane & cruel

    I so would luv to zap dog owners that use them & give them a taste of their own medicine & see if they like being buzzed with pain.

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    I have actually tried electric dog collar on me and it isn't painful. It doesn't even hurt as much as the zap you get off the car door sometimes and is much less painful than the standard electric fence used to confine horses or other livestock.

    Personally I think a bit of training with the electric collar beats the pain your dog would receive as a result of an accident with a car after it escapes or being mauled by an unfriendly neighbourhood animal.

    Disclaimer - an electric collar can be abused - just the same as any tool used for training.

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    Hey Floyd,

    That's so right
    Give 'em a taste of their own medicine!

    Like do they really think that they will be able to get their dog to behave by zapping them? I think not

    Charlie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Personally I think a bit of training with the electric collar beats the pain your dog would receive as a result of an accident with a car after it escapes or being mauled by an unfriendly neighbourhood animal.
    for training.
    You really do have a point hear, even though there are slim chances. However I would still prefer, if there are other options to use non violent methods

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    I don't think of a mild static zap as violent, then again I use a water squirty bottle too - and some training agencies think that is evil - never mind it only acts as a distraction for my dog - and she loves chasing the jet of water. The electric collar at the right setting is only supposed to be an attention getter - in training. Ie to stop the dog chasing the rabbit / sheep / cat / car / jogger and get it to think about something else.

    I suspect training a dog with all positive reward and no negative consequences for its actions is a bit like playing the game of "hot and cold" without using the word "cold". I've yet to see a parent be able to teach a child without using "no", "not for you", and some system of time out or negative consequence as well as the positive training methods.

    My dog seems much more upset when I ignore it for being naughty than any jet of water or collar zap would do - unfortunately this only works when dog wants my attention - if she's off after a cat - that could cause permanent eye damage should she catch it - me ignoring her - is going to have no useful correction / distraction / disengagement effect, where as a quick squirt or zap by her collar - would.

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