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    I can't wait to get my licance bak so I can take him to the beach and dog parks and things.

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    Yeah I agree with Lala, I don't see any Pit in him either.

    I would (if possible) take him for a walk in the morning, even if it is only short. That helps tire them out during the day which is normally when they do all the damage. Harley use to be a digger, which wasn't good because we were in a rental at the time. We ended up having to replace the turf. Nothing I did would deter him other then restricting access to the area, in the end let him just dig in the garden. Our yard was really small at the time and as soon as we moved onto acreage the digging pretty much stopped.

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    Things to teach a puppy...

    You got your basic heel work - off lead, reward when he's in the right position, when you stop, reward if he stays in the right position and sits. Then there is stand, stay, drop, recalls. For each thing you're working on, count out five treats and have a break when they're gone.

    A break could involve running around the back yard with puppy chasing you, or a game of tug, or fetch (but you have to be careful with fetch to avoid face plants and somersaults).

    Fetch itself - is something my dog is yet to master reliably - we need to go back into a small space with nothing much else to do and no distractions. Some people use the bathroom... my bathroom is a bit too small for that.

    So after the heelwork on the left, is all the same stuff on the right.

    And then when you have your dog going forwards nicely - try for some backing up - in heel position, or leg weaves, or you going forward and him backing up in front of you. And going sideways but keeping his bum straight.... ie you both walk sideways.

    and then there is shake hands, shake the other hand, nose touch (hand targetting)

    roll over, speak, sing... sing is fun for some dogs, they're very good at it.

    You can also get puzzle toys or food dispensing toys where they have to do something to get the food out of the toy. Eg Squirrel dude, kong bobalot...

    And the mega list of dog tricks...
    Idea List for Shaping | Susan Garrett's Dog Training Blog

    and beware of this... (dog training the owner)
    Who's Shaping Who | Susan Garrett's Dog Training Blog
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    I second trying if a morning walk makes a difference. I don't always take my dog for a walk after work these days but we never miss our morning walk.

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    Are you able to get one of those little kid shell pools? They are are a great idea for him to dig in.
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    Hi Rex and welcome.

    THe chicken mesh works well And grass will then grow through so you wont see it. Just make sure your mower cant catch it or you will be buying new blades.

    Poop in the hole is the way I deal with our diggers. Usually started by one but all 8 will help along the way. Most holes are dug out of boredom or, occasionally due to a lack of minerals in the diet. Have you noticed if she actually eats any clay from the hole?

    On the boredom side, train him to do a retreive and then before you leave him, throw a ball for 10 minutes or longer, to get him really tired. He will then sleep for an hour or two. When he wakes he will need to have things like a kong with frozen treats inside, a food dispensing toy that he will not destroy, some strong chew toys ( I use flower pots and black plastic water pipe). Maybe a favorite toy tied to a length of bungy chord and hung from a tree.

    Staffies are people dogs and it may be nice if you left him with an old item of clothing from your cupboard that is rich with your scent. He may tear it to shreds (leave me alone will ya. I'll show ya.) but he will at least be "near" you.
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    Thanks heaps agen ay.
    Ill try the poo soup see how that gos, cheers lol
    He is a great dog he sits, shakes hands lays down and stays well most of the time lol.
    I will have to invest in a half shell for him i recon to. Um i leave rex inside wen i go to
    work witch is from rounds about midnyt for 6 to 8 hours, is that the wrong thing todo,
    he is toilet trained well about 80% lol, he hasnt gone inside wen im at work for about
    a week now i recon.

    Thanks for the great advice once agen everyone.

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    i have tried this method, which works when nothing else does.

    dont fill in the holes. dog then doesnt re dig em.

    I have a dig pit, which i throw food into and rake over so its not visable, that ensures it gets dug daily and once my dogs have chosen their spot for the dug den, i respect their wisdom and leave it well alone.
    Both of mine have dug dens. My single coated rottie, has hers in a location that gets all day sun. The GSD has dug one under the tree in shade, he wants to cool off, not keep warm
    these are their 2 fave holes, with that, plus dig pit, they left the half done holes, and once ingnored, allowed me to fill with dog poo, and fill. Only then dont they dig where poo is.
    Nice looking dog, welcome to the forum.

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    Thanks yer this forum is heaps helpfull.

    The only prob is im not ment to have a dog at this rental house, so i have to keep him from diggn the grass ay,
    and he like to get the roots of the plans.
    He just has so much energy and the park that i walk him at normaly asked me to leave because its a no dog park now
    witch realy suks, but owell ill have to find another good one soon lol.

    Thanks agen great help.

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