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    Luna is a digger..

    She loves it so much, we got her a sandpit to play in (Pics here) but she still digs all over the yard.

    Does your dog dig? How have you stopped them from digging up your yard?
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    I had two Barramundi pet fish that got to over 50cm each before they died. I buried them in the garden and said my farwells.

    3 days later my Ridgeback is standing at the back door and the wife asks me what he's got in his mouth. I couldnt tell, so i got up and had a look to see 2 dirt covered rotting fish hanging from his jaws. His paws covered in dirt and tail wagging, he dropped them on the mat to show me his 'excellent find' he had dug up.
    I nearly spewed.

    He would only dig for a reason (bones etc), never for the hell of it.
    Mojo hasnt tried to dig at all yet.


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    Oh yeah.. That is kind of... well.. disturbing haha..


    Luna digs for fun, she's also dug up a couple of pieces of Metal before..
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
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    To get a dog only to dig in one area, it has to be a really awesome area to dig and sorry not a little shell (no offense). We have an area which is about 10'x10' and has heavy soil in it, plus some sand....the dogs really get to dig, it is next to our pumpkin patch. And the pumpkins often grow right into it, so we have to clean it.But they love it when the pumpkins are there all over grown. Because our real veggie garden they are not allowed in. We also bury "treasures" in it and the dogs often go there to find these. The dogs love the earthy smell of fresh soil, they love the coolness and all the smells. Clean sand is interesting, but the rest of your garden is more so. We also rewarded the dogs for digging in their area.



    Tessa in her sand-pit.......Which is a dug-over soil area

    The other way is to make areas you do not like to be dug-up unpleasant......Putting wire mesh down temporarily or some of the "bitter apple" type products.
    But we have found re-direction and keeping busy with other things more successful.
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    I caught Oskar digging at the fenceline not half an hour ago, so I grabbed his Attitude Adjuster (spray bottle filled with water) snuck up on him and shouted no and sprayed him at the same time....he didnt like it much and just ran inside and licked it off, I feel better knowing its not tabasco lol. I feel like a meanie doing it. If that does't work, I might try the dog poo in the hole trick..apparently they don't like touching their own poos (i had one dog a few years ago , who didnt care lol) but Oskar hasn't done too much bad digging yet. We plan to just reinforce the fence perimiters soon anyway, then fix it up as he grows out of it or gives up, whichever happens first lol.

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    I reckon a tired beagle is a good beagle- how much is she getting walked?
    We walk our beagle approx 4 to 8km a day and he is 7 yrs old- without a decent walk he is a complete pain and "boredom" behaviours start.
    I would be looking at feeding via some sort of kong or other devise so it takes time and is stimulating. A LONG walk every day (or a run along next to you while you ride a bike).

    This digging stuff on dog star daily is good for a read:
    Digging | Dog Star Daily

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    That's a great pic, newfsie! And lucky dogs to have such an awesome digging area.

    My dog only seems to dig to bury and dig up bones, so no advice here, I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetboy View Post
    I reckon a tired beagle is a good beagle- how much is she getting walked?
    We walk our beagle approx 4 to 8km a day and he is 7 yrs old- without a decent walk he is a complete pain and "boredom" behaviours start.
    I would be looking at feeding via some sort of kong or other devise so it takes time and is stimulating. A LONG walk every day (or a run along next to you while you ride a bike).

    This digging stuff on dog star daily is good for a read:
    Digging | Dog Star Daily
    She usually gets two walks a day.. Probably a total of about 4km.. she does most of the digging when we are not around though. I feed her using a Tug-A-Jug at lunch time so she has to work for it..

    She's still a bit of a puller/stopper when we go for walks so it can sometimes take a little more time.
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
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    Not offended at all Newf.... We are renting otherwise I would try and do something like that.. Thanks for the tip.. Everyone seems to try and tell you it's fine and it will encourage them to only dig there, etc etc...

    I think I just need to come see you anytime I have a question!

    Because she mainly does it when we aren't home we miss a lot of it, she has toys and stuff outside but loves a good dig..

    I'll try and see what I can do!..

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
    Check out their blog at http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    If that does't work, I might try the dog poo in the hole trick..apparently they don't like touching their own poos
    works a treat for me. Although my two arnt big on digging..they prefer to chew on things they shouldn't.

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