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    Hi Guys,
    I have 2 Dogs that have rather weird neiches and thought i would start a post to help people with any troublesome pet problems they may be having.

    Now i have 2 dogs a 3 year old female staffy x ridge and a 12 month old Staffy x lab and boy do they keep me on my toes. I have had puppy classes and professional 1 on 1 help have read all the self help sites and still have problems until i figure out what the cause is and yes it can be long and somewhat unusual but persistence is the key.

    So anyway the Female staffy her name is SDandy and i have recently worked out she is scared of the dark (i know right!) We had an issue with her going wee on the carpet in the front room (as she is allowed to stay in at night in winter) well this was a every night occurance and she would wee then scratch on the bedroom door to wake me up (she is fully house trained) and i couldn't work out why this was happening.

    I thought i would do an experiment and left the light on dim for a few nights and low and behold it all stopped she slept through not a peep and no wee.

    Another problem i was having was digging she was a mad digger was constant tried everything for boredom, seperation, walking more, coming inside more, disipline,nothing would work i was going insane and my back garden was full of pot holes and my back lawn was no more. i finally worked out she wanted a marrow bone, not a toy not walks not company just a simple marrow bone once a week and the digging has stopped.

    again it is all about watching your dog and finding out what seems to be there little traint.

    Bad habbits can never be removed only replaced. and this is something i swear by as i thought that she was a bad dog but she just has her little traints

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    Mine has a marrow bone and still digs up my yard like you describe, wish the bone worked for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alacrityvirtue View Post
    Mine has a marrow bone and still digs up my yard like you describe, wish the bone worked for me!
    Mine only digs because she has a marrow bone.

    But I get the gist of the post: sometimes it takes thinking outside the square and some trial and error to solve problem behaviours.

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    We have a sandpit.....best thing ever. It is huge and the dogs love it. We put small bikkies in it for them to find. That is where they dig now
    Pets are forever

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    thank for the feed back guys,

    as for your dogs digging with a bone, have you tried a few other things? do they dig when they don't have a bone also?

    I have been told to try and bury there poop in the holes (but that just made more holes) plastic bottles half filled with water in the holes, leave a radio on so they have noise, a sandpit with treats ( didn't work at all for me and spent more time burying treats then she spent digging them up lol), Walking more or more toys to play with?

    There are lots of reasons dog dig so there are lots of things you have to try and you can become rather pesamistic at times when you cna't find what the problem is but keep trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyharley View Post
    as for your dogs digging with a bone, have you tried a few other things? do they dig when they don't have a bone also?
    Fortunately so far the only time I've seen my dog dig was to bury a bone or dig it up again. So it's not a problem.

    I think someone else recently posted about their dog digging and most of the responses mentioned training the dog to use a sandpit.

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    I am sure there are threads on this if you go back through the pages that may have points that can help you.
    I am no help as mine are free to dig wherever they like in the dog yard. (looks like they are excavating a wine cellar under their shed.

    I don't have problems of them digging in the back yard thank goodness as they do it all in there..burying bones and thieving them from each other too when they think the one that buried it is not looking.

    It really is a matter of trial and error to find out what works best for your dog.

    Good luck.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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