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Old 06-15-2002, 11:27 AM
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My dog is digging a path to China!!!

Help!! I own a 2 yr. old Chocolate Lab who is a big baby-but like all babies, she gets in to trouble. Her biggest problem is digging. There are holes big enough to break an ankle-very difficult to mow the lawn and I'm afraid to let my 3 yr. old play because he might fall in a hole and get hurt. Not only holes but she also tracked chipmunk tunnels so I have what looks like drainage ditches criss-crossing the yard. I've been told that she digs because she's bored but also Labs are big diggers anyway.

Some time some where I heard about making a digging pit for dogs using plywood walls and you fill it with sand. They can dig away without destroying the lawn. Sounds heavenly !!

Has any one else heard of this idea or anything else that might help...I'm really tired of not being able to use my yard!!

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Old 06-20-2002, 07:19 PM
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Maybe it is just a phase. The only other suggestion that comes to mind is putting the dog in a pen with a concrete bottom. That way she will learn that if she wants her toenails, she should stop digging so much.
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Old 06-20-2002, 08:51 PM
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Digging Dogs

Don't feel bad I have a digger too! My dog is only out when I am but it seems like when I turn my back, there she is digging a hole to the center of the earth!:p

Now I wait and catch her digging and tell her Bad, or No. Just like I do when she used to drag my shoes around the house!

Also I have now heaped up a pile of dirt where she dug and wet it down! She hates that! She won't dig wet ground. She is getting better, but just like a child you gotta keep telling them!


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Old 06-21-2002, 10:29 AM
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Thanks for the ideas . I've fussed at her so many times I should just make a recording!!
One time I caught her digging shoulder deep in a hole and yelled at her-"Keep digging-when you get it deep enough-I'll kick your butt into it and bury you!!" Not that I really would but it sounded really good at the time!!
The digging pit I'm thinking of is like a child's sandbox with walls. I just can't remember exactly how to make it or how to train the dog to use it. Any ideas

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Old 06-21-2002, 10:55 AM
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I've never heard of a digging pit, but it does sound like a good idea. The solution I have tried and it works, is putting their own feces into the hole they are digging. Sounds gross, but fill the hole almost to the top, pick up one of their piles and drop it in, partially cover it with dirt. This way the hole isn't still there, but the poop is near the top where they can smell it. Not sure why, but it works. I have used it on the dog I have now and another dog we used to have.

BTW, my dog loves digging wet holes, the muddier the better!
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Old 06-21-2002, 02:26 PM
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Sounds like a fair idea-no one should want to did in their own stuff.

With Katie being a Lab, she LOVES water!! I have a small wading pool for my 3 yr. old and I have to fight to keep Katie out so Bri can enjoy it!! When there's no water in the pool, she "sunbathes" in it!! That's HER pool! She just allows Bri to borrow it once in a while!

Thanks for the info--I don't know if she can poop that much though--she has dug a LOT of holes!!

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Old 06-21-2002, 05:59 PM
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Great Ideas! I'll try the feces one Amanda and see what she does.

Anything is worth a try! So far the wet piles of dirt are working but I would like to flatten them so I'll make sure I throw in her feces!

Klcrn,
Had to laugh about burying your dog in the hole she dug! Good one!

Dogs sure can be a pain but life without a dog is empty. It's great to have so much excitement and all you did was come home!

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Old 06-21-2002, 06:11 PM
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I don't know if she can poop that much though--she has dug a LOT of holes!!
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Old 12-09-2006, 05:19 AM
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having same problem will try some of your solutions let's all keep our fingers crossed
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Old 12-09-2006, 09:34 AM
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I don't know if you have access to the National Geographic Channel and to the program called, "DOg Whisperer." This man, Cesar, is a dog behavoralist. He mostly states that in situation like this, you need to take him out for loooong walks. Once they get the exercise they are emotionally better and won't have the energy to dig. Another thing he suggests is to stop the brain. Whenever you catch him digging, stop him by keeping him busy with something else. You might be able to get some terrific ideas from the show. I seen him treat dogs who dug holes, attacked people, attacked rocks (yes rocks), attacked wheels on skateboards, and even one dog who had panic attacks everytime children came by during his agility training. Mostly, he says the key is the owner should be in a calm dominate state and give the dog plenty of exercise. Bored dogs do many things, such as dig holes.
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