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04-17-2010 02:15 AM

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Hey dog lovers. My dog seems to have some sort of fascination with tearing up the back yard. She quit for awhile, but is back at it even worse. Any suggestions on how to get her to stop. I don’t watch her while shes out there, so I never catch her in the act. Thanks

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#1 posted 04-17-2010 02:25 AM

We have a Wood Whisperer here but the dog whisper is a whole different forum.

I’ve had a dog with that problem but the problems I have corrected required me to be there when the problem occurred.

Maybe you could set up a webcam with a two way audio feed?

Assuming your dog would stop if he/she heard your voice that might be an option.

Good luck and let us know if you find a solution.


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#2 posted 04-17-2010 02:46 AM

Any chance it may be hunting moles?

Edit: If it is a young dog (2 years or so), they’ll do stuff like that. Seems that as they get older, it’s not much of a problem. At one time, I had to put up a 4’ fence around my garden….. had a dog that was between 1-2 years old. She had no trouble at all leaping over that 4’ fence…. now, several years later. All I have up is a 2’ fence and none of my dogs even look that way….. maybe they just got lazy…....

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#3 posted 04-17-2010 03:02 AM

Exercise, discipline, affection. So says the Dog Whisperer. Most all dogs need something constructive to do. If you don’t find something for them, they’ll find something for themselves. I believe Caesar sees exercise as “something to do”
We have four dogs, one a German Shepherd who takes his protection duty very seriously,and when he causes problems it can always be traced back to me being too busy.

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#4 posted 04-17-2010 03:51 AM

some good points here…mine is a natural digger…but i think he also like to eat some of the dirt…i dont get it..we feed him very well…to well probably ..but the being bored and needing exercise could be the ticket….quit spending so much time tipping the beer can back and walk the dog…it might help you to spunky…lol…grizzman

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#5 posted 04-17-2010 04:23 AM

Call mph productions in Pasadena, CA. Maybe they will use your dog on the next season of The Doghisperer.

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#6 posted 04-17-2010 04:25 AM

we had a border collie that kept digging too. I ran a hot wire around the perimeter of the fence about 6” above the ground. She hit it a couple of times, I know because we heard the yelp, but QUICKLY learned to stay away from the fence. It worked so well that when she started digging in my wife’s garden, which was in the middle of the yard (no fence or hot wire) I just ran the wire with no electricity around it for a couple of days. When the wire went up she immediately stop going to the garden.

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#7 posted 04-17-2010 06:01 AM

Greetings…... One sugesstion I have for you…... shoot the dog, and you won’t have to put up with that nonsense….... hey, you asked…...cause I ain’t no dog lover, or cat lover, or any animal lover. They are all a PITA, and worse than kids ever was…...........and I hate kids…. lol.

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#8 posted 04-17-2010 06:03 AM

get another dog to keep her busy.

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#9 posted 04-17-2010 07:52 AM

I have 3 they will go after moles if they are in the yard.

I have one who has to be watched he can and will climb 5 foot fences. So my dogs are out when I can keep an eye on them.

If dogs eat dirt they are lacking salt mostly. Lower sodium foods or cheap dog foods. They eat grass not because they are sick but they like the taste of fresh grass and the moisture that is in that.

If your dog is digging it may be boredom, or a mole or something like that. It can also be a OCD. An Obsessive Compulsion is like a dog that chases its tail.

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#10 posted 04-17-2010 08:46 PM

wdwrkr said it. “Exercise, discipline, affection.” Spend time with the dog out in the yard – exercise. If you catch her digging – discipline. And show affection whenever you can.
OR…... You could let her dig a big enough hole to bury Rick Dennington. Seems like a good enough spot for him. “They are all a PITA”?? Is he talking about the bread? I’m guessing that he meant P.E.T.A. Not that I am a fan of them either, but at least I’d know who I was talking about if I wanted to talk trash.
Rick, if you were only joking, don’t take it personally. If you were serious, take it however you want.

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#11 posted 04-17-2010 09:06 PM

There is a lot of good advice here. A little affection and attention will go a long way. Many, many years ago (that means a really long time ago), I had a dog that just about drove me crazy. He was a big pup. He would nibble at your hands if you walked past him, jump on people and all kinds of stuff. One day a buddy of mine was visiting and I told him that I was trying to give the dog away to a good family. He told me that all the dog wanted was attention. Told me to spend some time with him and make him the center of attention. It worked. The dog’s name is Junior (he’s the one on the left). He’s been my best friend for the past 13 years. Good luck.

P.S. Come on guys…..... be nice. This is a thread about a dog….....

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#12 posted 04-17-2010 09:14 PM

I think the PITA was referring to Pain In The A##. My guess is moles. My lab digs the yard so much it looks like a mine field. And she’s after the moles

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#13 posted 04-18-2010 04:26 AM

TRY something a little differant like consulting people who really know. go, on line, to the American Kennel Association of google you dogs breed or predominat breed. Diggging is not always an issue that can be”cured’ some breeds are known diggers. its in thier genes, dna or what have you. All breeds have some chacteristics that owners or potential owners should be aware of. Many sites will offer suggestions for working around issues. Remember dogs may be mans best friend’s but that dpsen’t make man a dogs best friend.

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#14 posted 04-19-2010 07:26 AM

Gotcha, dogs and kids are all a pain in the a$$. I’ll buy that one…. Honestly, that’s easy enough. It’s just too damn hard to read what some people are trying to get across when you’re just reading what they’ve typed. I’m sorry if what I said was a too harsh. I have four dogs myself and took what was written (and misunderstood) a little too much to heart.
And in the heat of things I forgot to mention what rtb said. Some dogs are just diggers, some dogs just have to run, some dogs are just protectors, some dogs are just jumpers, some will bark and howl and some dogs are just going to lay around like a lump.
You may think that you want a runner until you get a RUNNER or you may think that you want a dog that likes to fetch a ball until the ball is in your lap, on your plate, on your pillow, in your hand, on you desk, in the sink and so on. You may think that you want a dog that (insert your wants here), but a dog is a companion. You can’t just walk up to a person on the street and say ” hey, you’re my new best friend and you’re going to live with me and I’m going to hug you and pet you you and call you George”. That’s not to say that that is what’s happening with you, Keith. But, what I mean is that you can’t always mold a personality to fit your needs. You can train a dog, but the dog is still the dog.
What kind of dog is she? If she stopped for a while, was it during the winter months? If so, it may have been moles or even grubs. Is she digging in certain areas or everywhere?

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#15 posted 04-19-2010 09:25 AM

im with kristoffer, excellent analogy

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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