How Do I Keep a Dog From Digging?

I have two dogs (Border Collie and Lab Mix) that love to dig. The problem is that we have only lived at this house going on two years and have had to redo the whole yard 2 times to get rid of the huge holes. Does anyone know anything that can be done to break the dogs from digging? If so, please let me know. Thanks.


How Do I Keep a Dog From Digging?02/02/2005
The only problem I've had is them digging under the deck and I allow them to do it. They have their pits where they like to hang out. They used to dig elsewhere but have settled into being satisfied with their holes under the deck. Maybe if you allow them a digging area they will be happy. You can bury cans with pennies in them in holes they've dug to discouraged them. I don't know how old they are but some dogs just outgrow it. Being a mix of lab and border collie I'm thinking they are bored. Border collies are high energy dogs who need to be working all the time. A lab can either be very laid back or high energy too. Perhaps they need more of an outlet for their energy.
By Vicki (Guest Post)
Chicken Wire02/02/2005
My dogs dig and the only thing I found that would make them stop was to get chicken wire and plant it about 2 inches in the ground where their favorite places are. It doesn't hurt them and the grass will grow right through it. Also make sure you lay it very flat and when you need to, you can even use the lawnmower over it. Hopes this helps.
By cluttergoddess (Guest Post)
How Do I Keep a Dog From Digging?02/02/2005
This sounds disgusting but it does work. Wherever they start to dig a hole put some of their droppings in it and cover it up. My daughter-in-law tried this and it worked. Dogs are natural diggers. They may need their own area as already suggested. I did read that, if possible, give them a sandbox and bury their toys to keep them out of trouble temporarily. We are lucky to have a wooded area on our property. That's where our dog digs, he's usually after a chipmunk.
By it'
How Do I Keep a Dog From Digging?02/02/2005
I think a shock collar could help here, some dogs respond to the bad tone and others actually need the shock a time or two to learn that you disapprove of what they are doing, but after that they may only need the tone and eventually they will quit. It works on the same concept that a buried fence does, we have three labs and our son also has one and we now know they respond to the tone when they get close to the border where the fence is buried.

It isn't a jolting shock I actually held it in my hand to see if it hurts or just feels uncomfortable and it doesn't hurt. A comparison would be to take a 9 volt battery and touch it to you tongue, it's a little stronger than that, sounds gross maybe but it tingles doesn't hurt. We live by a highway so a few uncomfortable circumstances and now just the tone now and then has saved our beautiful labs lives. We live across from a river and they were compelled to try and cross the road and they no longer do it.

We also borrowed a shock collar from a friend and used it to break our 2 year old lab of jumping and she is now three and after just a few training sessions she no longer jumps. A day spent teaching is a lot less work than redoing your yard every year, and you can use the collar to deter them from other habits you wish they didn't have, discipline not abuse.

By B (Guest Post)
How Do I Keep a Dog From Digging?02/16/2006
It is natural for a dog to dig.
By Sue (Guest Post)

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