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digging getting out of hand!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by lexie2010, Apr 7, 2011.


  1. lexie2010

    lexie2010 PetForums Senior

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    lexie (12mth old beagle)has been partial to a bit of gardening in her time but the past few days this is getting out of hand. we have a large lawn (no flowerbeds as we reckon its pointless til she can behave) and she loves running around it and we dont want to restrict her but now with all the digging we dont know what to do anymore. we have tried-the green jelly crystal stuff and stuff to keep cats away sprinkled in and around holes that she has already dug, even putting her own poo in the holes stops her digging them but she just starts fresh digging elsewhere, we cant cover our entire garden in that stuff as its half an acre of lawn. so does anyone have any other suggestions?? its getting to the stage that if shes in the garden she is digging, she is walked daily, has lots of toys, is it boredom or just mischievousness? when she is caught in the act then she takes off and there is no getting her back til she calms down.
     
  2. tripod

    tripod PetForums VIP

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    First off this is normal, natural and necessary dog behaviour, and associated with Beagles lol :D so is great fun and very much self rewarding (for Lexie at least!)

    The absolute very best solution I find is to provide her with her doggie-digging area and put digging on cue. The latter not as important as the former.

    Confine her from other unacceptable digging areas during training or at least limit her access.

    'Garden' with her in her area. Bury lots of yummies like stuffed Kongs and other toys in her area and teach her to dig them up (not that she needs much help I'm sure!).

    Make this the best digging area EVER! You can also try putting her faeces into holes she has previously dug up and abandoned.

    Lots of dogs dig cooling pits so the recent mild weather may have spurred her on a bit more, perhaps she is spending more time outside too.
     
  3. RobD-BCactive

    RobD-BCactive PetForums VIP

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    May be you could find a tracking course day in your area? If you direct her Beagleness into other self-rewarding activities that you can control better, the alternative activity may help her feel employed.

    Just an idea, as Collies digging tends to be associated with not having enough to do.
     
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