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help! my dog is a digger!

September 17th, 2008, 08:40 AM
I like to think of my self as someone who's not totally dog noob, I've had dogs before and puppies too. Trained them to become very respectable canine friends for our family, and even others.

But I never had to deal with this behaviour : Titus is a digger, maybe its the breed, maybe he got that from his mom whos always digging (and he saw her dig a lot) The thing is, we have a yard, that for now is a mess since we moved in recently and didn't have the time to fix everything yet. We were planing to put grass next spring, but we're hopping to break this digging habbit before then!

Anyway to prevent him digging? he's young, so I assume whatever way that might work should work easily. Hes also very smart (when he wants to ;) He comes, sit, stays, shakes hand, speak and now give kisses when asked ...we're still working on the "bang", but i'm not rushing things, hes just 3 months ^^



September 17th, 2008, 09:19 AM
You have to divert the attention when he digs. The command come and his favourite toy. Encourage the play activity to keep his mind occupied with something more fun.

Is he bored perhaps? Is he digging to lie down in it? Is he digging to hide something?

What is his breed?

September 17th, 2008, 09:30 AM
I doubt hes bored, he plays a lot with his toys, and is never left alone outside for too long (like 2-3 minutes when I go get him a waterbowl or something) he also digs at the dog park lol

but i'll try to get his attention next time I see him

September 17th, 2008, 09:36 AM
Our Husky X was a chronic digger up until a few months ago, he had a penchant for digging in the same spots, Hubby would fill the hole and the next day he would re-dig. Hubby started filling the holes with stones and covering it with earth, so when he returned to re-dig, he didn't like it. I don't know if that is what stopped him or he just grew out of it. He will be 2 in december, but he does not dig anymore. Hopefully it is just a phase.

September 17th, 2008, 09:44 AM
yea I hope its just a phase ^^

he didint seem to dig because of the warmth though, it used to be very warm here (and humid) for a few days, but we always kept him inside as much as possible (Long live AC!) and he layed on the ceramic floors of the kitchen hehe

September 17th, 2008, 10:33 AM
Some good tips here on how to deal with digging:

September 17th, 2008, 10:36 AM
our dog is a lab and a real digger (3 yrs old) she started her digging at 3 months old, I gave her a spot under our tree's to dig, she is only allowed in that one spot, I dumped a load of soft soil, buried a few rawhides/bones and hard toys, and tramped it down pretty hard, each time we caught her digging, I'd say "no" and pull her to the tree, her nose took over from there. Our yard is now nice and neat again and when she gets the urge to bury or dig she goes to the back yard under the tree's.

September 17th, 2008, 03:24 PM
You could try designating a place in the yard where it's ok to dig - or you could build a digging box (basically like a kid's sandbox). We had a GSD when I was growing up that would only dig if you told her to - it was could scratch the ground in a spot and she'd run over there and dig, dig, dig.....then move a few feet away, scratch the ground and she'd run over there and dig, dig, dig. Course my mom didn't think it was near as funny as I did.

My collie/hound mutt digs because he likes to hide all the toys from the other dog - he will literally dig a big hole and dump every single toy he can find (or at least all his favorites) in there and then bury it in. Then of course he digs them back up and brings them in the house. LOL

September 17th, 2008, 03:44 PM
huskies dig alot its a breed thing. They dig for numerous reasons- one of the reasons is to keep cool another is to let out energy if they arent getting out enough and some just like digging.
definitely try to find a way to resolve the issue as huskies are notorious escape artist and will try and get out 9often by digging to go for a run.
since hes a pup i would suggest correct and then give replacement behaviour (toy) also make sure there is a nicely shaded area for them to hang out if they do get too warm

September 17th, 2008, 03:52 PM
My neighbor has a beautiful white Husky,she's about 2 yrs old,she is constantly digging under the fence,to the point the owner has had to fasten the fence with stakes in the ground.
With her though,I think she just wants to dig herself out from the backyard and I hope she does not succeed:fingerscr

September 27th, 2008, 04:57 PM
The poop in the hole trick worked for us. Many dogs will not dig where they can smell their own poop. The failure of this trick is they just dig a hole somewhere else but when our first digger got to a place where I did not mind a hole she was allowed to continue. Eventually, that being some years, she grew out of it.