|10-06-2013 11:35 PM|
I capture digging, name it, and train it. Then capture, name and train a stop command.
Then if your dog is digging, you can say stop and they know what you mean.
I do the same thing with barking.
|10-06-2013 10:42 PM|
|Nikitta||Lots and lots of cider blocks. LOL The guy at Menards kept laughing at me when I went and got MORE cider blocks. He was sure I was building a house or at least an outdoor bunker incase the Russians attacked. ( Do the Russians attack people any more? Did they ever? I'm half Russian. I don't remember attacking anyone at least not people with bunkers. I remember yelling at some people for teasing my dogs. Does that count? LOL )|
|10-06-2013 10:30 PM|
|TAR HEEL MOM||
I swear to you that my dogs (especially my Lab) smell rocks under the earth. Every single hole that they dig in their yard (their fenced area..not the main front lawn) has a rock laying somewhere nearby. I have actually watched Jo smell around on the ground, do the pounce dig movement, dig for a good long while and pull out a rock and present it to me so proudly.
I figure when they have rid the entire lot of rocks, all will be well and I'll plant some new grass seed in there
|10-06-2013 09:49 PM|
|Twyla||Try placing something heavy over that spot. Decorative planter? Block her access to it, then proceed with the training/redirection. Be forewarned, she may try to dig around the edges of the planter as well, so keep an eagle eye out.|
|10-06-2013 09:31 PM|
|Smitherman||She is always digging in the same spot. No harm done but its beside my walk and that's just not what I want people to see when they come to my home.|
|10-06-2013 09:25 PM|
My pup is a digger as well! I have had success is just redirecting him and engaging him in play. It helps to have lots of toys outside. He still digs, and mainly does it when I leave him outside alone for a few minutes, to refill my coffee or something, but it's not as bad as it was because I'm getting better at redirecting and engaging him. Others have also suggested to me to have a designated digging spot, where they are permitted to dig. If you're alright having a spot like this, it might be something to try so that the digging is contained to one area.
I agree with everyone else on how to form a bond, and the protective stuff as well.
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|10-06-2013 09:16 PM|
2 1/2 - 3 ft deep?? Wow, digging stamina lol
Normally dogs dig from boredom. Occasionally, they may be after something they caught a scent of. Does your dog dig in the same place or does it vary? To get a hole that deep, it sounds like she is outside for a while by herself. It will take some determination on your part to help her break this habit. Monitor her play while she is outside, she begins to sniff around to dig, correct her and offer another activity - ball play, flirt pole etc. By correcting I mean just a quick 'eh' to get her attention. If you are unable to monitor her play, bring her in with you so that she isn't tempted to dig while you aren't there. While she is inside with you, encourage her to follow you around the house while you are busy. Go as far as having conversations with her (part of bonding). Give her a job, carry a sock/something for you (still part of that bonding).
How much OB training has she had? If it has been a while since a class, do a refresher or move forward with advanced ob or get into some of the fun classes. This will help in 3 ways - bonding / you are working as a team - use physical energy - mental energy. Making her think can actually burn more energy.
As for protective instincts; some dogs have it and some don't. She is around the age those instincts may start kicking in which is another reason to up her OB training.
|10-06-2013 09:12 PM|
|Nigel||You'll have to supervise her outdoors to stop the digging, there are no tricks to it. Tuke, if left alone for even a few minutes (1yr) could dig a nice size hole quickly. As Doggiedad said, good general care/training/playing and the bonding will take care of itself. Leaving them outside to entertain themselves will counter this and probably lead to destructive behavior. Females generally mature around 18months, just give her some time, work and play with her and see how she develops.|
|10-06-2013 07:06 PM|
if you were watching her when she is out she couldn't, right.
2 >>>> bonding, bonding is so easy. feeding , training, socializing, spending time with the dog, spending quality time with the dog,
general care, being a responsible owner and not blaming the dog for it's behaviour because as a owner your irresponsible or you
don't know what you're doing, knowing when to find trainer, etc. when you take good care of your dog i don't think you have to
worry about a bond.
3 >>>> some GSD's are naturally protective and some aren't. what do you need protection from? before you had the dog who or what
protected you? people get a dog and all of a sudden they need to be protected from something.
|10-06-2013 06:39 PM|
How to keep my German Shepherd from digging? She will be a year old next month and she digs holes that are about 21/2-3 foot deep. Also how to bond with her? And when will her protective instincts start to kick in?