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    My little guy Alvin age 1 is an avid hole digger....I fill them in, he moves along and starts a new one....if he finds one tiny bare patch of grass hes on to it, creating a hole, he seems to dig like hes looking for something lol.... he has plenty of other things to keep him occupied, toys, bones (he doesnt bury the bones) and two other dogs too play with but just keeps on diggin....he also is a chewer, he will wreck anything that is left laying around.... any suggestions on why this is happening and what have others done to stop this kind of behaviour...? Cheers
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    Firstly we allow our dogs to have one hole...our kelpies always had one hole each that they loved to lie in and do their "dingo thing"

    You have to sometimes figure the reason for digging in each individual dog.
    Is it for getting cool. A little shell pool might help to play in, change the water often
    has it become self satisfying, meaning the action of digging is giving a endorphin fix......Same reason some people have to exercise. Dog needs lots of real active exercise.
    Is it for exercise and energy release or from frustration/boredom, which can become a habit. And end up like the statement before.

    We have a sandpit, which is very large and deep under a tree....We used to bury treats and toys in it for our young potential diggers. They love it and run out in the morning, looking for treats.
    We also give our dogs a lot of exercise before we go out/to work.......Lots so that they are happy just sleeping. Ball chasing can give the same sort of self satisfying feeling.
    When we leave our dogs at home we keep ours indoors or in their kennel run/room, where they have another sand pit.

    If there are areas you do not want the dogs to dig, you may have to put wire down, or fence it off. there are the balloon tricks and mouse traps in the hole tricks.

    Mostly i think it comes from boredom and frustration...Lots of interactive toys and energy spent in exercise usually helps. I will always go back to basic obedience and leadership. It changes a lot of things in a dogs life. if they have the basics, they often are just easier to get along with, Just having two dog pals helps, but is not the fix. it will have to come from you. Lots of exercise with lots of obedience
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    My dog used to be an awful hole digger and chewer. She had millions of toys and another dog to play with and nothing I did stopped it until I changed her to a raw food diet. The lack of sugars and preservatives in the food calmed her down immensily. I suggest trying that because your dog is probably digging because he is hyped up like a kid on red cordial!
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    Firstly we allow our dogs to have one hole...our kelpies always had one hole each that they loved to lie in and do their "dingo thing"

    You have to sometimes figure the reason for digging in each individual dog.
    Is it for getting cool. A little shell pool might help to play in, change the water often
    has it become self satisfying, meaning the action of digging is giving a endorphin fix......Same reason some people have to exercise. Dog needs lots of real active exercise.
    Is it for exercise and energy release or from frustration/boredom, which can become a habit. And end up like the statement before.

    We have a sandpit, which is very large and deep under a tree....We used to bury treats and toys in it for our young potential diggers. They love it and run out in the morning, looking for treats.
    We also give our dogs a lot of exercise before we go out/to work.......Lots so that they are happy just sleeping. Ball chasing can give the same sort of self satisfying feeling.
    When we leave our dogs at home we keep ours indoors or in their kennel run/room, where they have another sand pit.

    If there are areas you do not want the dogs to dig, you may have to put wire down, or fence it off. there are the balloon tricks and mouse traps in the hole tricks.

    Mostly i think it comes from boredom and frustration...Lots of interactive toys and energy spent in exercise usually helps. I will always go back to basic obedience and leadership. It changes a lot of things in a dogs life. if they have the basics, they often are just easier to get along with, Just having two dog pals helps, but is not the fix. it will have to come from you. Lots of exercise with lots of obedience

    Thanks for the advice I will try some of those things out.....the sandpit one is a good idea I have always thought of getting on of those clam shells.....time to do it i think!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClareBear View Post
    My dog used to be an awful hole digger and chewer. She had millions of toys and another dog to play with and nothing I did stopped it until I changed her to a raw food diet. The lack of sugars and preservatives in the food calmed her down immensily. I suggest trying that because your dog is probably digging because he is hyped up like a kid on red cordial!
    Clare bear when you say raw food do you mean not canned or processed food?? We feed all our dogs fresh meat rice and vegies as canned or processed food upsets their stomachs.... can you tell me what a raw food diet is, sounds very interesting!!
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    We feed RAW also....But our kelpies still dug RAW means you feed RAW meat and offal. Also whole rabbits. Also a veggie/lupins/fruit blend to go with it. We also use raw oats. If you google it you will get a huge list.
    We do feed RAW fish (whole), but also canned sardines. We do feed the Cooked rice/oats/lupins too, because our dogs love it. it is not part of a proper RAW diet
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    Harley was a digger,Bella is the chewer and I think she will grow out of it hopefully! Harley's digging only stopped once we moved from suburbia to acreage. On the acreage he has an unused vege patch which was his hole digging zone! I tried everything but I think having one spot he is allowed to dig will help!

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    It happens. Sometimes they grow out of it, sometimes they don't.
    I guess sometimes it comes down to have a garden or dogs.
    It helps if you own the place but I would never have the dogs I do if I was renting.
    Have been there and done that. It can be hard.
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    My wee girl Pippi is a digger....I put poos in the hole and leave it there and she wont go near the hole again.

    Basically I just filled all the hole with poos, some of which I covered back in with dirt so she got a nasty surprise and eventually she just stopped digging. Guess she figured it was probably best not to rather than find a poo in a hole. LOL

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    thanks so much for all your replies....i will take them all into consideration and yes I think as dog lovers know some things you just have to deal with!! Lala we just tried that yesterday with the poo's!! ill let you know how it goes, I did notice he had gone back to have a go at some holes but was only tentative as if hed started then given up...i forgot I put poo in them LMAO!!!
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