Petiquette With Jim Burwell: Does Your Dog Dig, Dig, Dig?

If your dog is digging in the backyard, it can ruin your lawn and wear on your nerves. The problem may be as simple as boredom, now find out what may be the solution.
Your Question:


Jim,
Do you have any tips for a dog that contunally digs? My family and I recently took in a rescue pup (Sheprador) recently and her only bad habit is digging. We’ve worked with using a leash and praising her when she doesn’t dig (when given the opportunity).
She is walked 2-3 times a day for at least 30 minutes per walk. We’re very hesitant to leave her inside (new house) all day as she is a bigger dog. Our small dog (mini Schnauzer) doesn’t seem to have the same issue.
I’ve thought about making her/them a doggy sandbox but, it seems a little hokey.
My Answer:

I’m happy to see you are walking her 2-3 times day for 30 minutes per walk. However, when a dog is left outside all day, just like an unsupervised child, they will get bored and find “something” to do to counteract the boredom and no one is outside to redirect that behavior.
Building a doggie sandbox truly is not hokey at all. If gives her an acceptable place to dig, but I would also encourage you to do some training INSIDE with your dog so she CAN stay inside while you are gone all day.
In addition, it is way too hot to leave a dog outside all day in the summer. You might want to consider joining a group class either with us or somewhere else where you do will learn to listen to you and perform basic commands. As I always say, set your dog up to suceed NOT fail. Good luck with your training!
I also recommend reading a previous blog post about digging in the backyard, it has some helpful tips for working with your dog.

(C) Jim Burwell 2010

What’s YOUR dog training question?
Use the comments below to ask me.
If your dog is digging in the backyard, it can ruin your lawn and wear on your nerves. The problem may be as simple as boredom, now find out what may be the solution.
Your Question:

Jim,
Do you have any tips for a dog that contunally digs? My family and I recently took in a rescue pup (Sheprador) recently and her only bad habit is digging. We’ve worked with using a leash and praising her when she doesn’t dig (when given the opportunity).
She is walked 2-3 times a day for at least 30 minutes per walk. We’re very hesitant to leave her inside (new house) all day as she is a bigger dog. Our small dog (mini Schnauzer) doesn’t seem to have the same issue.
I’ve thought about making her/them a doggy sandbox but, it seems a little hokey.
My Answer:
I’m happy to see you are walking her 2-3 times day for 30 minutes per walk. However, when a dog is left outside all day, just like an unsupervised child, they will get bored and find “something” to do to counteract the boredom and no one is outside to redirect that behavior.
Building a doggie sandbox truly is not hokey at all. If gives her an acceptable place to dig, but I would also encourage you to do some training INSIDE with your dog so she CAN stay inside while you are gone all day.
In addition, it is way too hot to leave a dog outside all day in the summer. You might want to consider joining a group class either with us or somewhere else where you do will learn to listen to you and perform basic commands. As I always say, set your dog up to suceed NOT fail. Good luck with your training!
I also recommend reading a previous blog post about digging in the backyard, it has some helpful tips for working with your dog.

(C) Jim Burwell 2010
What’s YOUR dog training question?Use the comments below to ask me.

One Response to Petiquette With Jim Burwell: Does Your Dog Dig, Dig, Dig?

  1. ron king

    January 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hi-I had a question.about what appears to be genetic shyness in a female akita about 2 yrs. Right out of the litter….. Bashful dog w / a fear activated bladder to help make thngs nice & complicated. The person w/ this anxious Akita is fixing to put a new baby Tosa in the mix with 2 bichons & an akita. in a reg yard. He walks them alot. He’s got them on a raw diet since the weekend. He’s panning on a raw diet of rabbit, chicken etc. I fear the worst. WILL NOT LISTEN>TO ME -HIS TRAINER> . Any ideas on shy and scary right out of the litter? Sounds like a biter in the making to me. Especially w/a big Tosa to ramp up the pack. I Like to read your work, it helps me tremendously as a trainer. I have been training for 30 yrs and always learn a new way or remember something forgotten in your columns. Seems it is always the humans who seem to let us down. Having said that… there are Charlie Manson type dogs out there. amongst the dogs like there are among us humans.. I have seen some weird & some wonderful things while working with dogs and people-our oldest bond. Thanks so much, ron king

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