View Poll Results: is digging and destructiveness your problem?

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Thread: Helping Out a Friend

  1. #1
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    Default Helping Out a Friend

    Hi Everyone,

    We have come up with an idea recently because of my lil problem with my two pups who digs a lot!
    but anyway...

    I would like to seek opinions, suggestions and any ideas that would involve digging and destructiveness of dogs or similar behavior.. I am helping out a friend to come up with a book but we are wondering what readers would really wish to see and read about digging and destructiveness.. this book will going to be a free downloadable in pdf. and we really would love to know the readers preference so we will not come up with just "writing a book" without anyone getting helpful tips / knowledge about it.

    it could be, prevention, cure, house rules, plants that they usually dig, how about landscape??? or anything...

    please help, i appreciate that. thanks in advance for your help

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    I think dogs that are destructive are bored and full of energy, which can be cured by exercise. I don't think I know a story where the dog is exhausted and still digging and pulling stuff apart.
    A tired dog is a happy dog.
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    Digging and "distructive behaviour ie. chewing" are natural dog behaviours, however, unwanted in our human world. Some dogs are more prone to digging (terriers especially, hunting breeds like basset, beagle, dachshund) than others, but it is a natural trait of all dogs.

    I agree that digging becomes more pronounced if a dog is bored and needs to release the energy that builds up. It's up to us, people to redirect that behavior to some other stuff that IS acceptable for us humans, through play and different activities that we must find out are equally satisfying for our dogs. One of the solutions for notorious diggers is to put a sand pit in our yard and teach the dog to dig there by putting some treats, toys or whatever dog finds amusing in the sand and prizing/awarding a dog for digging only there and ignoring or moving away our dog from any ther place he attempts to dig. Same is with chewing. In the beginning restrict the area in which dog spends most of the time. It does not necessarily mean it has to be in the box. It can be a single room or a pen in the room spacious enough for a dog to move around and filled with toys he can chew on. The best toys are made of hard elastic rubber with a hole you can fill with treats, cheese, vegemite or something yummy such as Kong toys. You can also give bones (big chewy ones) or sterilised bones.

    The other extremely important thing is of course, plenty of excercise, which of course does not mean just walk around the block. Plenty of walking/running/playing with us humans AND other canines are A MUST for any dog. Through play we can teach our dogs heaps of stuff including obedience. And of course, we need to be familiar with the breed we have and its needs, even if we jus try to guess it in mixed breed dogs. For example polar breeds (huskies, malamutes, samoyeds, spitz breeds) will need to have plenty of long distance walks/runs preferably in different environments, hunting breeds as well together with games of fetching, searching, scent tracking... so it's absolutely essential to chose a dog that suits your lifestyle.
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    My foxy/shih tzu x digs quite a bit. Usually during the day when we are at work.

    I have noticed sometimes that Barney will tell her off by barking in her face LOL.

    I just chuck a poo in the hole and she won't go near it again.

    The issue is becoming less as she gets older but it's just a "thing" for her. She even comes inside and digs the couch and her bed, and our bed etc. She just really likes digging.'

    We are going to get a sandpit for her at some stage. I dont think we can stop her from digging completely, but I think we can encourage her to dig in only one spot...well I hope.

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    No digging here. Except in their sandpit, which was always encouraged
    Pets are forever

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    ok, as blonde as this sounds, i think i misunderstood the question...
    i took it as "is it my problem/fault or the dogs problem /fault" and well yes it is my problem.If he digs them im not doing something right... He has dug 2 holes.... i dont think that is bad for a 5 month old pup! but since the last 1 over a week ago, he hasnt dug anything..... my daughter bike seat on the other hand..... HAHAH!!! Pups are FUN!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    No digging here. Except in their sandpit, which was always encouraged
    That can only be good, those Newfs could excavate a swimming pool size hole in no time.

    I look outside at my dog and can't help but think of Santa's little helper from the Simpsons, running amok, destroying stuff and digging holes.
    I walk him twice a day, the kids play with him, I play with him, my wife plays with him, he has toys that he plays with and he still has energy to burn.
    I expected it though, I've had working breeds all my life, I know he'll settle down as he gets older
    dogs will be dogs.

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    And then there will be the dogs that no matter how much you walk or interact or play with them are still going to dig.
    Why? Because as said above,a dog is a dog afterall.

    I guess its upto us that we try to meet their energy levels as best as we can and then some....but not expect miracles either
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    I have also always had Australia Kelpie's, working ones. They only ever seemed to dig one hole each, where they liked to lie and we let them have that hole. Always reminded me more of a den to lie in to keep out of sight. You could just see Nuggets ears when he lay in it and Fred would just have his nose above his. they were always in cool non-traffic areas.
    Katy has since dug her one area, hardly a hole. Just turning up the soil in mulch under a tree on a very hot muggy day. So again we have just left that shallow dip and she goes back there on hot days
    Pets are forever

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    I had a kelpie cross dog that dug a hole, id fill it, he'd dig it again.
    Solution. Dont fill in the hole. Kept to the same 'den' then.
    Twas easier to bow down to nature than try to go against a natural behaviour.

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