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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-28-2019, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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So I have my first digger. I’ve tried everything. Large river rocks in the hole and then bury, chicken wire then bury, cayenne pepper in holes, then covered. The spray that’s supposed to be a miracle. Literally nothing works. He isn’t digging to find a cool place to lay, he digs about 3-4 inches deep, just the diameter around for a foot to slip into and bust an ankle. All over the backyard. I was mowing this morning, and about broke my ankle. Multiple times. I figured I’d ask the forum since everything on a google search has been tried and has failed. We’ve even regressed to crating when we can’t supervise. The second he is let out the back door, he’s already dug one hole and making his way to another as I’m waiting for Lyka to come with her old lady speed.
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Supervise in person by staying with him. He is bored.
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Sometimes digging is crittering. My girl digs mole and rat trails. Or wherever she smells something underground. I haven't tried it but I have read that placing poop in the holes and covering it over can stop it over time. Worth a try maybe???
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Supervise in person by staying with him. He is bored.
He is supervised.
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Sometimes digging is crittering. My girl digs mole and rat trails. Or wherever she smells something underground. I haven't tried it but I have read that placing poop in the holes and covering it over can stop it over time. Worth a try maybe???

I think that will work! I always try to stay out of holes that have poop in them.
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Poop was the only thing I haven’t tried. I’ll have to try that out tomorrow when I go on poop cleaning duty. Most of the holes were dug when I was out of town and DH was “responsible” for them. I’m hoping it’s not too late to break him of it!
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Do you have a place the dog can dig? a place that you fuss over so that they are convinced it is important? That works for me for the most part. I do have to remember to pay attention to that spot before I quit yard work. (and my two have several acres where it is OK to dig for perceived or real criters.) I have to admit that they are rock hounds and the senior rock hound will dig up grass as she rolls her rock around before rolling on it to scent it well.
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Do you have a place the dog can dig? a place that you fuss over so that they are convinced it is important? That works for me for the most part. I do have to remember to pay attention to that spot before I quit yard work. (and my two have several acres where it is OK to dig for perceived or real criters.) I have to admit that they are rock hounds and the senior rock hound will dig up grass as she rolls her rock around before rolling on it to scent it well.
Yes, they are free to dig on the dog yard. Dog yard meaning a long and wide side yard that is fenced off from the main backyard. They dig there to have a cool body size hole to lay in. The only problem being Crios can jump the fence, so we will need to build the fence up there. It’s only 4ft. We mostly leave that area of the yard alone though, the dogs don’t poop there, and it’s normally where they go to rest in the dog house. I’m sure I can start making it look important! We also have a few chickens in there as well, in a dog proof cage. So when we do go in there, it’s to gather eggs, clean the coop, and change the bedding in the dog house. Maybe I’ll start a “garden” back there, add some potting soil, some compost, and hope he redirects to that area. He loves to get into my raised beds and devour my tomatoes and cucumbers, so that could work!
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maybe he needs a fake plant in his "new" garden, too. Do remember to fuss over it.
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He is supervised.
Then how is he digging holes? Are you correcting in the moment? There shouldn’t be that many holes in the yard if he is supervised. I say this as someone who owned Huskies in the past. They are notorious diggers.
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