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    Question Digging...............AGAIN!!!

    Hey guys, since moving to mums Bailey has taken to digging.

    She only digs where there is no grass, doesnt have a particular spot though. She has a million toys to play with so isnt bored, doesnt have a particular time of day for doing it (just whenever she can sneak out unnoticed) It seems to be an attention thing, she has even gone to do it directly at my feet a couple of times, and watches for a reaction. She gets plenty of attention; walked twice a day, playtime twice a day, I try to swim her between 3-5 days a week etc etc. She is rarely locked outside and if she is she has Sam for company, she wont dig when Sam is present.

    Originally I tried showing her the hole, "NO" and then keeping her around the side of the house for 20 minutes as punishment (no sam, people , inside, toys or lawn). It didnt work. I have tried putting water balloons with air in the holes and covering....she is too inquisitive.

    It is very rarely that I smack my dog, but honestly it is getting to that stage now.........I have no more ideas and mum is getting really angry

    HELP PLEASE?????

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    I'm presuming she doesn't eat her bones or food there?

    I put the puppies out early this morning before the big dogs came out and bingo, I got a hole, in the dirt, right near the steps. Same place as yesterday.

    I have put poo in it today to discourage. They have about an acre and a half to run on here. I like to rotate the toys, mind you it's like a mine field of chewed up toys out the back at the moment.

    I think the reason the puppies started in the dirt area was because our grass is pretty compacted down so it was easy digging.

    Digging is natural and self rewarding. Sorry no help I know.

    Can you find an old clam shell and put dirt in that for her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    I'm presuming she doesn't eat her bones or food there?


    Can you find an old clam shell and put dirt in that for her?
    Thanks MAC!

    No she doesnt get fed there or bones given on the lawn.

    I have thought about a clam shell however mums backyard isnt very big and mum isnt a fan of the idea TBH. Would be ok if in my own place

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    Mine sometimes dig when there's crickets about as well - which makes it near the edges of concrete etc. Like MAC I put poo in any holes before they get too big. You can cover it with dirt and level it off again so it looks nearly as good as new! They will still smell the poo under the dirt even if you can't!

    It's tough being at your mum's and trying to keep the peace. Is there anywhere you can walk her where she can have a dig? Liek beach, lake, forest etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Mine sometimes dig when there's crickets about as well - which makes it near the edges of concrete etc. Like MAC I put poo in any holes before they get too big. You can cover it with dirt and level it off again so it looks nearly as good as new! They will still smell the poo under the dirt even if you can't!

    It's tough being at your mum's and trying to keep the peace. Is there anywhere you can walk her where she can have a dig? Liek beach, lake, forest etc?
    I could probably let her have a dig down at the creek but wouldnt this cause more harm than good? How would I go about letting her dig when out at the creek but not at home?

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    Like MAC said, digging is a natural behaviour and I don't think you will be able to stop her doing it... Give her a place where she can dig and encourage her to dig there by burying toys and treats in that area. A clamp shell would be the best (and maybe your mum agrees that digging in a clamp shell is better than between the roses ). If she still digs in other areas you will need to restrict access to there for the beginning.

    Only filling the holes with poo or bricks or whatever might stop her digging in that spot but she will find another one that you don't like....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeTheDeedNotTheBreed View Post
    I could probably let her have a dig down at the creek but wouldnt this cause more harm than good? How would I go about letting her dig when out at the creek but not at home?
    She's smart. She just needs to do it a few times to associate the place with the activity. Dogs learn lots of things that are appropriate for one place only - housetraining for example.

    You can try taking her down the creek, and when she has a dig give her a command for it then praise eg. "Dig! Good Bailey!!".

    And when at home discourage digging, "Bailey, no" and offer a distraction. Just like toilet training, get her to associate digging with the creek area - hopefully it's more fun to dog there anyway!

    Slightly different but similar, my dog knows he's not to shake off in the middle of a bath. He gets a "No" if he starts and he knows to stop. At the end he gets a little shake of the lead and "Shake now!" and he goes nuts.

    It takes some patience but they can learn all sorts of actions and commands that make life with them easier and more pleasant.

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