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mosul210 12-27-2012 12:53 PM

Question about repeated digging
 
Quick question for those of you who have a digger. I know exercise is one of the best options to curb digging, but my specific quetion is how do you stop them from digging in the same spot? I've already tried putting their poop in the hole and filling it up. Problem is they keep digging the same hole and I keep refilling the hole - its become a game for them :(

sit,stay 12-27-2012 01:39 PM

It is my understanding that the digging behavior you are experiencing with your wolf hybrid(s) is different from the digging that a dog owner would experience. The denning instinct is much stronger, less buried by thousands of years of domestication.

I don't know if there is anything you can do about it. This might be one of those behaviors that you just have to kind of shrug your shoulders and accept if you're going to keep wolf hybrids in your back yard. Be prepared to install some sort of in-ground barrier to keep them from digging under the fence (if you haven't already). The one person I know who keeps high content hybrids installed hog fence underneath her fence line, and extended the fence up to 8 feet in height and then had a lip installed the discourage climbing over. But she lives in the boonies, out int he middle of nowhere, and didn't have neighbors complaining about her prison-like yard.

I suppose you could only have them out in the yard when you are physically standing right there, ready to disrupt and distract when they start to dig?

What kind of containment area do you have them in? If it is a separate place, secure from the rest of your yard, you could always sacrifice it to the digging? Our dogs have their own yard, but I don't need any special containment for them other than the regular fence.
Sheilah

mosul210 12-27-2012 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by sit,stay (Post 2664821)
I suppose you could only have them out in the yard when you are physically standing right there, ready to disrupt and distract when they start to dig?

What kind of containment area do you have them in? If it is a separate place, secure from the rest of your yard, you could always sacrifice it to the digging? Our dogs have their own yard, but I don't need any special containment for them other than the regular fence.
Sheilah

Thanks for the response Sheilah, I've heard some people dedicate a specific area for them to dig. I've been considering building them a sandbox, I've heard that has some success. My specific issue is not random diggin ger per say, more like they dig the same hole all the time. Did not know if there was anything I could spray, or sprinkle to deter?

sit,stay 12-27-2012 02:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mosul210 (Post 2664834)
Thanks for the response Sheilah, I've heard some people dedicate a specific area for them to dig. I've been considering building them a sandbox, I've heard that has some success. My specific issue is not random diggin ger per say, more like they dig the same hole all the time. Did not know if there was anything I could spray, or sprinkle to deter?

I honestly think that what you see is what you get, and there isn't much you can do about it. The fact that they are digging in that one spot tells me they are denning and not just randomly digging. My friend I mentioned provided a human dug den, and her hybrid refused to use it and instead made her own.

How old are they now? What precautions have you taken to ensure they don't breed?
Sheilah


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