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Old 02-10-2015, 03:00 PM
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Default Any suggestions for how to stop dogs digging up the yard?

he's only 12 months old, but digging like a machine all over the yard. have tried burying his business in the holes and spraying citronella, but nothing seems to work.

any suggestions appreciated.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:04 AM
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The only way that I managed to curb my dogs digging obsession was to supervise all of her outside play time.

She is pretty good now, but if she walks on sand she goes nuts. She starts digging holes and spinning around in frantic circles. I guess sand just feels nice
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:21 AM
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he's only 12 months old, but digging like a machine all over the yard. have tried burying his business in the holes and spraying citronella, but nothing seems to work.

any suggestions appreciated.
Well, most people won't like my suggestion. It worked well for my 14 month old dog. She's half Akita and half Golden Lab. First, you really need to figure out if there is something -causing- the digging. At our old house, Pandora would dig all the time. Here at the new house she hasn't dug a single hole. The only difference? She's not on a dog run line here at the new house. She's got a big yard to run and play.

Anyway, when she was digging a lot we found a way to curb it for quite a while. We took some balloons that the kids inflated and put them in the holes. Then we lightly covered them with dirt. If she dug, they popped. That startled her and she wouldn't dig for a really long time. She's smart, though. Eventually, she realized what we were doing and quit redigging those holes. She wouldn't touch a hole we refilled.

However, like I said...what really stopped it is the fact that she has plenty of room to run and play. She's not bored.
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:39 PM
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Is he digging after he poops? That's something I used to see dogs do....wish mine did it so I didn't have to pick it up. Anyway, if that's not the case, I agree with Robin, he is simply bored.
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:43 AM
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Good answers hope this answer will help her.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:13 PM
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he's only 12 months old, but digging like a machine all over the yard. have tried burying his business in the holes and spraying citronella, but nothing seems to work.

any suggestions appreciated.
Sounds like he's bored but only being 12 months he may grow out of it. You could always dlab your yard - depending on the size of course. :-)
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Old 05-17-2015, 08:18 AM
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Do you have moles? Is your dog a "hunter" by nature? We had a mutt Terrier mix for 13 years and he would dig from time to time. One day he brought a mole in thru doggy door!!

Terriers were bred to dig and pull critters out of tight spaces. Just a thought.
But I do also agree that once he is older he should calm down somewhat.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:07 AM
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Could be boredom, could be moles, could be a good place to put their bones, or maybe he's a digging breed - I love the balloon method - I know shaking a load can curbed barking when I'd catch him.

I too supervise giving treats and bones or will come back to find holes.
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What kind of dog do you have? I have a chocolate lab and until she was 2 she dug and chewed everything around. Seven years later she is the best fur baby ever.
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Old 08-09-2015, 07:43 AM
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when my dog wanted to dig on our yard i just call his name and thankfully he stops.
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