Rather than lose your sanity over Fido ripping out every flower and shrub you've ever planted, embrace it! Am I crazy? Maybe, but that's beside the point. When Icy was just a puppy she began digging all over the yard. It looked like an army of Moles had invaded our yard. I tried all the recommendations;
- Bury her poop in the places she usually digs; it just made a giant mess and didn't even work.
- Bury large rocks where she likes to dig; She started digging up & playing with the rocks!
- Bury wire mesh a few inches into the dirt; her nails got caught in the mesh and it frightened her.
|Icy used to scour the yard, digging holes everywhere!|
# I sectioned off the Dig Pit area behind the shed, about 6' x 4'.
# I started digging it up, just to loosen the dirt and make it nice and inviting. Dogs seem to love freshly dug up soil, which is probably why they love to dig up our plants moments after we've planted them!
# Now I needed to let her know there was a Dig Pit just for her. I took 2 or 3 chew sticks and placed them into the ground, with about 2 inches sticking out of the dirt so she could easily find them.
# I walked her over to the Dig Pit and showed her the first chew stick. It was so exciting for her, she had found buried treasure! She found and scarfed down all the chew sticks in minutes.
# I continued to bury treats, rubber toys, and chew sticks in her Dig Pit once or twice a day. She quickly learned that good stuff awaited her in the Dig Pit! Before long, her preferred spot to dig was the Dig Pit, and eventually she almost never bothered to dig anywhere else in the yard!
|Icy, enjoying her special Dig Pit behind the shed!|
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