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    We have a border collie cross. She`s 14 months old, but from early age I have problem with her digging in our backyard. Tried everything, search internet, but is getting out of control. Anybody has any suggestion?

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    I have this problem with my dog to. What I find works the best for me is putting her own poo in the holes (she has a slight phobia of it). However this only prevents her from digging in that hole not everywhere.

    The hose squirting method is also meant to be rather sucessful but I've found as soon as she knows I'm not there she digs anyway.

    Worst comes to worse theres those training zap collars, but again will only work if you catch her in the act.

    How about making one of those blue shells you can buy into a sandpit? And praise her for digging in there? You could hide treats and such in it.

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    It would be helpful to know what specifically you've tried - so we don't make the same suggestions that you've tried already.

    All I can suggest is to limit her opportunity to do it. And make sure she gets plenty of exercise before you leave her alone. And to get a book called "Ruff Love" by Susan Garrett, and follow the step by step instructions for a month - ie crate the dog when you're not supervising - for a whole month - all good things must come from you and no where else.

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    putting their own crap in the hole works like you might as well have done nothing.
    Well this is with Murphy, he digs at the same place and we have put his crap in it to no effect.
    One way I will be trying is to put him inside and refill the hole but a couple of centimeters below the ground I am going to put chicken wire in it.
    Then I will see if it works, have to get my back better first but.
    But I will say this and I have sort of lived by this for a long time.
    If you have kids and a dog don't expect to have a nice garden. So a lot of things that happen in the yard are just left as they are. Cause I bet as soon as you fix it the kids or dog will be back in the same place again.

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    The poo thing only works for Kaida as she has a phobia of it.. aka wont pick up a toy or any food which is within 30cm of her poo.. for some reason other dogs poo is fine, just hers is apparently extra scary

    I dont so much care about the garden cos as Rid said, if you have dogs you cant expect it to look nice. My issue is with her going under ever possible object, Im thinking with my next place that I'm going to set up an electric fence at the bottom to prevent her from digging out!
    Is your problem just digging? or escape digging?

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    he digs at the same place and we have put his crap in it to no effect.
    One way I will be trying is to put him inside
    Took me a couple of reads to understand you didn't plan to solve the problem by burying Murphy in the hole he dug.

    Some dogs like eating dog poo. Putting dog poo in the hole stops some dogs but not others.

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    We did plan to make this work or why else would we have done it.
    But I can see why you think we didn't plan for it to work.
    But you are wrong on that score, as we would love to have a yard without holes in the garden area's.
    But as I mentioned I don't think that while you have got a pup, it is close on impossible to have a nice garden.
    Even when we had Lacey, I let her have 2 holes in the yard and she knew after a while where she was allowed to go.

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    Frosty and I dug some holes at the beach this morning. All good. I like to encourage her to dig where the water will fill the hole in for us, but if we dig a crater in the dry sand, I fill it in before we go.

    Around the fence line, I put large besa blocks, bits of pavers or bricks in the holes to take the fun out of digging there. Mostly Frosty digs in those places because there are mice or other burrowing critters she's trying to dig up. So if the hole is in the garden and not the lawn and I don't want her to dig there any more - in goes the brick or other heavy hard to dig object. Other bits of the garden are ok for her to dig - strangely she's not that interested in digging there.

    Should be interesting when I get to digging my tree planting hole.

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    Do what we did.
    Buy one of those dog holders that you are supposed to use to train your dog where to go to the toilet.
    They are only those wire things that you can shape to a square, triangle or rectangle.
    We got ours in one of the cheap shops for about $23.00 and placed it around our new Manderine tree and not Murphy holes anywhere near it.
    They have a duel purpose so it is just thinking outside the box with a few things to turn them into something other than what they were designed for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    Should be interesting when I get to digging my tree planting hole.
    My last Blue heeler (RIP) could have dug them for you.
    For some reason an upright shovel stuck in dirt would make him frenzied and he would bark madly and dig a hole around it but never let the shovel fall.

    No idea why as I had him from 8 weeks till 14 years of age.

    If the kids were bored they would stick the shovel in and watch him.

    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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