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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Do Diggers outgrow it?

Do puppies that are diggers every outgrow it or do I see a lot of training coming in the spring?

He loves to dig in the snow banks that the plow leaves at the end of the driveway and he did dig a bit in the backyard before the snow hit. Just sort of hoping that maybe it subsides.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 10:51 PM
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Nope. It tends to develop into a habit.


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Mine have tempered it with age. It helps that I have an area that is OK for digging. It seems to me that they prefer a place against the house or a bank and get so that they dig it out to lay in and occassionally rearrange that space but don't dig much other places. It also has helped if I remember when gardening or doing other yard work, to do the last "work" in an area that they can dig in. I try to pay special attention to that area. (Then so do they!)
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Mine still dig. I will say that certain times of the year the digging is worse as they seem to prefer a certain texture and moisture in the dirt. It must feel just right between their toes apparently.

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Not trying to hijack the thread but this topic reminded me of something I have got to share with you guys. My boy Kain was about 3 mos old when my old lab (Bo) passed away. I was busy digging a grave in the backyard while Kain was sitting next to me just watching in amazement. After a few back breaking minutes of digging, I removed the shovel from the hole to stretch my back. I guess Kain figured that I needed some help, so he jumped into the hole and started digging his little butt off. After a few minutes, he climbed out and I took over. A few more minutes passed, I removed the shovel again, and again Kain jumped in and started digging like crazy. I was more than a little distraught at the time, but I still couldn't help but crack a grin at the little guy's willingness to help daddy. It was almost like he sensed that there was a job to be done and he was gonna help do it. It was at that moment, I realized that although I had just lost a fine companion.......I had gained another.
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Rem has been inclined to dig, but when he does it, he's on leash so I do a "leave it," and walk away. They do continue digging. I have a friend whose Pyraneese is such an extreme digger that she just resigned herself to it - the dog kept digging holes under bushes in her backyard, and she kept filling them in. Finally she left one as it was - and the dog lays in it for shade and coolness when it's hot. So it's something she likes doing, and it makes her comfortable and happy, so she lets her dig her holes.

Give him a spot like that that he can freely dig in all he wants, make it fun by making little mounds and hiding things in it. You could make a game out of it, and have some fun, and stimulate him at the same time. You know in spring I may do that...

Edit: RazinKain, what a touching story! How adorable and intuitive for such a young puppy to see that you needed him to help dig, and to help heal your heart. Sounds like an exceptional friend, thanks for sharing that!


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no. I still bust Riley for digging 5 1/2 years later (he's 6). Shasta digs. Shelby Digs. We cant get them to stop. We've tried putting rocks in the holes. Their poo. Pretty much given up and just go and fill in the holes.

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Speaking of putting poo in holes, we tried putting it down the mole runs, but they don't seem to mind digging in it either.

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Over the years several of the Hooligans have been diggers, JR was an excavator! A few stopped as they grew older, some never did. Faith is my only digger right now, she goes after moles or something that make mounds in the yard ... I guess they're a tasty treat.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-18-2011, 11:41 AM
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Thanks everyone...I see that I will have holes in my yard from now on...lol I thought they would outgrow it. Holes in my yard and dirt on their nose.
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