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LoveDogs 04-21-2014 02:20 PM

My dog recently found a place where some animal made a hole in the yard. He tries so hard to get to this hole to dig. He will come to me when I call him even when he much rather dog in this hole but I really don't like the digging behavior at all. My yard is average size but since my husband was a landscaper you can imagine the landscaping and I don't want this one hole to turn into a "lets dig up everything" behavior. I tell him to "leave it" and he'll lay down and look at me like he's going to explode and we go to another area. The problem is this is the biggest area to work on training and quite frankly this hole has served as a distraction enough to work on some commands. It's just to the point where he is obsessed with this hole and burying his nose in it. I told my husband that I'm going to train the dog to dig so he can dig a hole to plant flowers with him and my husband thinks it's a joke but I am really considering doing just that since this dog will do anything I tell him to do.

So my question is this: has anyone took a negative behavior like this and turned it into a job? I'm a bit hesitant because I don't want extra holes anywhere.

scarfish 04-21-2014 02:25 PM

no, i just beat my dogs when they dig. i rent the house and don't need the landlords to see holes everywhere when they stop by.

SuperG 04-21-2014 02:34 PM


Originally Posted by scarfish (Post 5408889)
no, i just beat my dogs when they dig. i rent the house and don't need the landlords to see holes everywhere when they stop by.

What do you beat them with ??

Is it something PetSmart sells? Or is it cheaper at


wyoung2153 04-21-2014 02:36 PM

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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.

LoveDogs 04-21-2014 02:41 PM

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.

ZoeD1217 04-21-2014 02:47 PM

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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Sabis mom 04-21-2014 02:49 PM

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!

Lilie 04-21-2014 03:03 PM

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?

LoveDogs 04-21-2014 03:14 PM

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.

LoveDogs 04-21-2014 03:17 PM

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.

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