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    I've got a 14 week old female. Recently for the last 3 or so weeks she's been digging holes in my grass, but only if it's dead and looks like this

    There about 12 or so spots alongside one side of the house that look like this, so what I've done in the meantime is put up a makeshift gate/wall to stop her going to that side of the yard. The other part of the yard she still has access to because there's hardly any dead spots and she won't touch healthy grass. But there is a couple...

    Is it boredom? I work from home 4 days a week so she's usually with me all day. The day I go in to the office on Fridays she's crated most of the day except for feeding and toilet by my partner. She has plenty of toys, which gets a lot of use. Now obviously even though I work from home, I can't always play with her the whole day since I do have to do some work. When I couldnt give her attention, she has a doggy door to give her free reign in and out, so that's when she'd do most of her digging. I've tried to reprimand her when I catch her (as in pulling her away and redirecting with a toy, like when she's caught chewing something else in the house). She knows when she's done something wrong. She has 2 more puppy classes and she does well with obedience training. She gets 2 daily walks, lunchtime and at night.

    I feel like I have to constantly play with her when she's not playing with her toys, just so she doesn't get distracted and go digging. I don't want to restrict access outside as she's been doing good with going to the toilet by herself. She has a crate that I use when I absolutely cannot supervise her at times, but I prefer to crate her for sleeping only.

    I do plan to get some more turf in the near future to replace the dug up holes and any other dead spots, and with summer fast approaching, it's a task trying get to keep every part of my lawn green enough.

    But until then, what's the simplest answer? What's the reason behind this behaviour?


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    Last edited by von1976; 24-09-2017, 10:35 AM.

  • #2
    could be lawn beetles...

    my dog was obsessed with crickets when she was a puppy... would find them, catch them and then gently relocate them around the garden. I've noticed lawn beetles being very active in what passes for a lawn here (weed patch more like). And if magpies can hear them - your puppy can.

    If you do a walk and a little bit of trick training - for a 14 week hold - that might be a 10 to 15 minute walk and 1 minute of trick training - trick number one is "its yer choice"... before you go out and when you get back (pee stops first)... that should help your puppy sleep more.

    Puppies do sleep a lot - especially if you wear their brains out with asking them to figure out how to get the treat.

    Kikopup on youtube has lots of stuff and this is useful too - I'm a big fan of Susan Garrett - tho a lot of her stuff is behind a pay wall - bits of it are on youtube and the web.

    Free Dog Training Workshop Facebook Page
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/free...iningworkshop/

    its yer choice (IYC) for Tim Ferris - the long version of how you do IYC with the red cattle dog mix.
    http://dogsthatlisten.com/tim/

    Podcast on dog training with Susan Garrett and Tim Ferris
    http://tim.blog/2016/11/14/susan-garrett/

    Susan Garrett Q and A for IYC
    https://www.facebook.com/susan.garre...3848677949959/
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Hyacinth View Post
      could be lawn beetles...

      my dog was obsessed with crickets when she was a puppy... would find them, catch them and then gently relocate them around the garden. I've noticed lawn beetles being very active in what passes for a lawn here (weed patch more like). And if magpies can hear them - your puppy can.

      If you do a walk and a little bit of trick training - for a 14 week hold - that might be a 10 to 15 minute walk and 1 minute of trick training - trick number one is "its yer choice"... before you go out and when you get back (pee stops first)... that should help your puppy sleep more.

      Puppies do sleep a lot - especially if you wear their brains out with asking them to figure out how to get the treat.

      Kikopup on youtube has lots of stuff and this is useful too - I'm a big fan of Susan Garrett - tho a lot of her stuff is behind a pay wall - bits of it are on youtube and the web.

      Free Dog Training Workshop Facebook Page
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/free...iningworkshop/

      its yer choice (IYC) for Tim Ferris - the long version of how you do IYC with the red cattle dog mix.
      http://dogsthatlisten.com/tim/

      Podcast on dog training with Susan Garrett and Tim Ferris
      http://tim.blog/2016/11/14/susan-garrett/

      Susan Garrett Q and A for IYC
      https://www.facebook.com/susan.garre...3848677949959/


      Thanks for those links, I'll check them out. I missed this reply, didn't get a notification of it.

      I should add, I have 2 birds that used to have free range of the house prior to puppy coming home. Now since they can't do that and to make it fair, puppy is in her crate 10.30 -12.30, 2.30-4.30, and then out from 6.30 in the evenings until she's tired. Birds are out of the cage when puppy is crated. When she's crated, it's meant to be her nap time. When I go past (in my bedroom that is cool and quiet) she's not sleeping, but she's not busy with her toys or whining. Mostly she just sits or lays there.

      You could be right about the lawn beetles, I will see if I can find any.


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      • #4
        GSD pups are monsters...wait till she starts pulling your washing off the line but they do grow into wonderful family pets.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dogman View Post
          GSD pups are monsters...wait till she starts pulling your washing off the line but they do grow into wonderful family pets.
          My clothesline isnt in my backyard, thankfully its sectioned off in another area that has pebbles instead of turf. But when shes out there with me she doesnt pull clothes off the line, thats something she isnt interested in thank god lol.


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          • #6
            Oh and shes stopped digging too. Never did find out why she did it.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by von1976 View Post
              But when shes out there with me she doesnt pull clothes off the line, thats something she isnt interested in thank god lol.
              Of cause not...she's too young and at 14 wks can't reach the washing...wait till she's older she'll start digging again too...only this time larger holes. I forgot the chewing...she'll start chewing and ripping everything she can get her paws on...but don't worry...it's normal and she will grow out of these starting at about 14 mths when she starts to mature...enjoy.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dogman View Post
                Of cause not...she's too young and at 14 wks can't reach the washing...wait till she's older she'll start digging again too...only this time larger holes. I forgot the chewing...she'll start chewing and ripping everything she can get her paws on...but don't worry...it's normal and she will grow out of these starting at about 14 mths when she starts to mature...enjoy.

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