my-dog

@fataal (11)
Suriname
June 13, 2008 4:44pm CST
I have a dog who keeps diggin holes all over the yard. i dont want to beat him but dont know any other way of stopping and punishing him. Does any one out there have any advise how to handle this matter??
7 responses
@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
14 Jun 08
Make a sandbox for him, hide lots of tasty treats in the sand so he can find and encourage him to dig there. This does mean that you need to always watch him when being outside so that you can redirect him to the sandbox whenever he starts to dig elsewhere and praise him for digging in the sandbox, but this is pretty much the only humane way I know, quite unlike throwing things at him or spraying him with water which is not going to teach him anything except fear you. Digging is a natural instinct for dogs, so it's up to you to teach him where you want him to dig.
@TCampbell (180)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I've tried tossing tennis balls at the big dog, spraying him with the water hose (that works the best, he takes off running. God forbid he get clean) but in the end I look at it this way. It's just what dogs do. But I do worry that he's gonna pull back with a rattlesnake attached to his nose.
@sameroad (3180)
• United States
14 Jun 08
does your dog like water? If he doesn't then you could try spraying him every time he goes and digs. I used that on my dog for other training things and it worked great. My dog never really had a problem with digging holes though.. he tried it a once or twice and I yelled at him. He never did it again. lol Maybe try yelling at him, let him know you are MAD but without hitting him and hopefully by yelling he'll get the picture and you won't have to beat him.
@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
14 Jun 08
My dog is always digging the hole, I just observe maybe because of the climate we have here in the Philippines. It's so hot. After digging the hole in the garden he slept on the hole. Just let you dog this thing, some dog really doing this things for purpose.
@Lock_Heed (210)
• United States
13 Jun 08
You do not have to hit the dog to show dominance. try a simple game of fetch or someting to distract him. If he does it when you aren't looking keep an eye out and cause a ruccuss by making loud noises. try filling an empty coffee can with coins and everytime he does it shake it hard to make alot of noise. get his attention and let him no "NO, Bad dog"! If you hit the dog he may build aggression towards others he deems weaker than him (children or other small animals). Simple scolding using gestures and voice will get the point across. Try the coins in the can, it helps with housebreaking, can't help to try with digging. Any behavior can be untaught, It takes patience and perserverance. First and foremost, if the dog knows you care and are a good pack leader it will listen to your scolding. Your pack is your family and that includes your canine friend. Good Luck!
@tessah (6621)
• United States
13 Jun 08
its a dogs natural instinct to dig.. there really isnt much you can do about it other than maybe keeping him secluded to one area of yer yard either in a kennel or with a lead attached from point A to point B.. and let him dig to his content in his own space. beating on him for doing something that is just naturally what he is..? yeah, ok, no..
• Malaysia
13 Jun 08
Maybe you can try to scold him of making some big noise in front of him. My dog do the same too, try to digging hole, but on our marble floor.....