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05-05-2014 11:11 PM
Fezzik von barry
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I put his waste in the hole and buried it. I then tested him in the area... well he doesn't want anything to do with it now.
Thanks for the idea! I'm going to have to try this
04-21-2014 05:39 PM
LoveDogs I put his waste in the hole and buried it. I then tested him in the area... well he doesn't want anything to do with it now.
04-21-2014 04:24 PM
Lilie
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Its probably a mole since the hole is quite small and we have enough of those to make your head spin. The only other thing I seen burrow in my area is a rabbit.
I have a friend who has a dog that was a rock solid tracking dog. She allowed the dog to dig up gophers as it really enjoyed the outlet. Now the behavior is like an OCD behavior. The dog is ruined.

Not saying that this could happen...but because of this, I don't allow any of my dogs to focus on interesting holes.....
04-21-2014 03:17 PM
LoveDogs Its probably a mole since the hole is quite small and we have enough of those to make your head spin. The only other thing I seen burrow in my area is a rabbit.
04-21-2014 03:14 PM
LoveDogs I read on a different post that someone took their dog's waste and buried it in the hole that was being dug. Maybe I'll try that.
04-21-2014 03:03 PM
Lilie We take normal dog behaviors and mark them to do it on command. Then, we'll add in something interesting and teach them to do several behaviors at the same time when commanded. (i.e. "Bring it!" turns into "Bring the Remote")

I can see the same process for teaching your dog to dig on command. I see the value in having your dog assist in gardening.

I suppose it would all depend on your ability to mark the behavior so the dog doesn't do it without the command. Like helping you plant a beautiful garden, and then go back out and tear it back up.

Now..this is just me here, but I'd be concerned at whats in the hole that's making your dog so focused on. Snake? Gopher? Skunk? Live wire? Zombie?
04-21-2014 02:49 PM
Sabis mom I found that an easy solution to digging was to use an old plastic kiddy pool and fill it with sand. Bury toys and such and make it clear that this is the only place digging is allowed.

When my son was really young-like 2- he used to get Sabi to dig roads and trenches for his toy trucks. I have no idea how he did it, but she only ever dug for him!
04-21-2014 02:47 PM
ZoeD1217 Mine digs every chance she gets and I find it so irritating I can't imagine allowing her to do it as a joke. That's just me. I suppose it's good that he has just one spot. Zoe digs up tree roots. I go outside with her but if I go inside for 30 seconds to grab a drink she will get to digging.

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04-21-2014 02:41 PM
LoveDogs It's just this one spot. When he goes there we go to another area to play/train but this spot is in an entry point so I must pass it to get into the area I work with the pup. It's like there is a dog magnet in that hole though- he will get one quick dig when we pass it.
04-21-2014 02:36 PM
wyoung2153 Is it just this one spot he's obsessed with? If you tell him to leave it, do you give him somethign mroe fun to do?

I personally wouldn't teach him to dig, but that's just my fear he will do it all the time.
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