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Discouraging Hole Digging by putting his poop in the hole?

Someone recommended this to me. Anyone have any experience? He repeatedly tries to dig the same hole in the same place.

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Someone recommended this to me. Anyone have any experience? He repeatedly tries to did the same hole in the same place.
My pup was digging, but I put a large black plastic bag in with some dog repellent in it. He started digging other place. I got him a play pen where he is allowed to dig.
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My pup was digging, but I put a large black plastic bag in with some dog repellent in it. He started digging other place. I got him a play pen where he is allowed to dig.

What dog repellent?


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I've put poop in holes before. I figured the reason the dogs were digging is because they were chasing moles / voles. I hoped putting poop in the holes would help deter the critters from returning to that spot. The best way to reduce digging is to deal with why the dog is digging. Some causes are easier to fix than others.

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That sounds like it can be messy. I just say knock it off. Luna may dug up my entire slate patio if I did not supervise her outside as a pup.


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I bought from walmart. It seems to be working with him. But he is very sensitive to stuff anyways.
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I bought from walmart. It seems to be working with him. But he is very sensitive to stuff anyways.
Hmmm, thanks, thinking I could spread that along my mulch. The bugger loves to dig in my mulch.
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I just tell them no and redirect them. They grow out of it.
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I was having the same issue. But it was 2yr old. Just random 4 inch holes all around the backyard. Not the common long shallow digging they do to lay in cool dirt. My backyard was a mine field of tripping hazards. I did put poop in the holes, and those holes were left alone. The ones I didn’t put poop in were dug up again.

What finally stopped the digging? Constantly being out with him (thank god for the mobility chair!) and corrected him with a verbal “attt” when he would start. I also gave him an area he could dig in, and he doesn’t seem all that interested anymore and dug there maybe once or twice. But I also started giving him jobs outside, but I think your pup is too young for that yet. We’d put his backpack on him with weights, or let him pull his sled around with weights.

He typically goes back to digging if he isn’t worked enough, so I’m not sure about it working on a pup, but could t hurt to try! My pups don’t dig.

I don’t know about the mulch, we have heavy river rock. The dogs would race through it chasing each other and knock the rocks out, and then we had a mine field of rocks and holes. We just fenced off that area (which also has access to the pool) and now no more holes or rocks everywhere. And the grass is finally starting to come back in too. That was a combo of upping mental/physical stimulation, constant watching when he was outside with verbal corrections, and the fence, but the fence was just so they couldn’t go swimming whenever they wanted to.
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Someone recommended this to me. Anyone have any experience? He repeatedly tries to dig the same hole in the same place.
Unless he already hates poop enough to avoid it, its probably not going to have much of an effect. I'd bet that a lot of people who thought it did, also interrupted it and or corrected for it. I'd just pay attention for a little while and make sure he know's what leave it means.

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