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armauro 01-26-2014 02:39 PM

9 month old loves to dig grass up
Any secrets on how to break this bad behavior- this is after mucho exercise during the day.

middleofnowhere 01-26-2014 02:48 PM

Only thing that works for me is to be out with the dog, distracting her with other "ideas". That or bring her in where there is no grass. I do have some rather large "divots" in my lawn.

lennyb 01-26-2014 03:27 PM

Just be careful how you handle the situation. My 1 1/2 year old does this. When he started I would shoo him away. Well now its a game to him. He digs till I come out then he happily runs amuck. My back yard looks like beruit... Lol

mydogs 01-26-2014 03:54 PM

One large area of my yard dirt too from digging. I covered the area with landscaping stone we had and they just find another spot close to it. Scared to put new grass there

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lennyb 01-26-2014 04:01 PM

I put large landscape rocks ( the flat ones ) in the holes then covered them up to try to stop / fill his holes. Well long story short he dug em up and placed them by the back door, what a smart ass...

Xena9012 01-26-2014 04:08 PM

I'd give him a small area just for him to dig in (you may want to cover it when visitors come!) You can refill it every so often so he has some new dirt to dig. My puppy has a fenced off area outside all to herself because she is still too young to roam our large property. Because of this she can dig as much as she want (even though she rarely does).

mickeyroyalty 01-26-2014 04:46 PM

Use an area that does not have grass for the young dog. One of my dogs did this age 6-9 months. She was just young and full of energy. She dug up all my landscape lights, chewed on sprinkler heads, etc. I ended up putting her in a 20 by 40 foot fenced area with another dog. She grew out of the digging problem and was a great dog. All young dogs do something destructive. Mine are indoor dogs now; I have a 9 month female in heat and she is chewing everything she can get her mouth on. I am training her to drop things, but frankly she is just a young dog with raging hormones. You have to dog-proof the yard or not leave the dog alone so much. I spend all my free time with this dog and take her everywhere I go. She is going to be a great dog, I can tell

dogfaeries 01-26-2014 04:46 PM

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Ah, I feel your pain. Sage is 3 years old, and just dug a hole in my flowerbed. She just likes to dig.

The only thing that works, is not leaving them to their own devices.

TAR HEEL MOM 01-26-2014 07:05 PM

Thanks for starting this topic. My 4 yr old Lab and my GSD both love to dig. We fenced in a beautiful large grassy area for them last summer and I was so excited for them. Now it is mostly mud which makes it bad for me when it rains or snows because I can't let them out and then back in the house. Mine dig for moles and rocks, believe it or not. Husband and I have been discussing what to do. I want them ot have a grassy area, but I'm thinking of bringing in a truckload of either mulch, sawdust or pea gravel for the area where it is sold mud. Anyone have any opinions or experience with this?

To the OP...I have no idea how to stop it. Mine don't do it as long as I'm out there to stop them but they sure do when I go inside.

armauro 01-26-2014 07:15 PM

I have 4 gsds- they are out back on their own at times- hard to keep an eye on him all the time- went through this with a 1 year old and he grew out of it- I was told it was because the dog is bored- they have lots of toys-
My trainer caught his pup doing it and he was corrected quite harshly and has not done it since but he was caught in the act.

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