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01-23-2014 05:59 PM
boomer11 exercising your dog would help a lot
01-23-2014 05:52 PM
SoCal Rebell I always use a metal choke chain on my GSD, it's pretty hard to slip one of those. My GSD when he was young used to dig a hole in the same spot in the yard and I would fill it with dirt and he would dig it up again. Finally I filled the hole and put a small mouse trap about 2" down, SNAP never dug again.

01-23-2014 05:36 PM
Cassidy's Mom
Originally Posted by angierose View Post
If she's used to being outside a lot, look into a sturdy outdoor kennel that you can put a top and a nice, dig-proof base on.
That's what I'd do - when she's not in the house with you, anyway. She digs because it's fun, and she's been doing it for a long time so why would you think she'd outgrow it? She jumps the fence and chases and kills chickens for the same reason. Once she learned that she's physically capable of going over the fence and that there are tasty critters over there she's not just suddenly going to unlearn that.

I'm not saying this to bash you or make fun of you, I'm trying to get you to consider this situation from your dog's point of view. The only way you're going to stop either behavior is to remove her opportunity to practice it.
01-23-2014 05:20 PM
MichaelE Is your dog outside unsupervised?

You should be with the dog when the dog is outside, fenced yard or not. Especially if she is escaping. She doesn't need to be taught not to kill chickens, but needs to be taught respect for the fence. She must not jump the fence that will solve both the escape problem you are having and the needless chickocide of chickens.

If the crate you have is too small, get a larger crate. Problem solved, however that is still only treating a symptom instead of curing the disease.

Dogs must be taught what you expect. They are not born knowing what humans want of them. Fortunately, GSD's are among the easiest breeds to train. It's almost like teaching a three year old child.
01-23-2014 05:13 PM
angierose You may feel bad for crating, but you'll feel worse if the owner of the chickens decides to deal with her themselves. If she's used to being outside a lot, look into a sturdy outdoor kennel that you can put a top and a nice, dig-proof base on.
01-23-2014 04:21 PM
Smitherman She's so smart, she can work around anything.
01-23-2014 04:20 PM
Smitherman I see, I've tried that but it takes her a little while then she stretches her collar out until she slips out of it.
01-23-2014 04:18 PM
wyoung2153 It's something that stakes into the ground, larger ones for larger dogs obviously. But you add a long line to it so that she can only go so far.
01-23-2014 04:17 PM
Smitherman What is a tether? I've tried a harness but she broke it.
01-23-2014 04:12 PM
wyoung2153 How about a tether or something?
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