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#16 Hawk

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:51 PM

had the same issue with my german shepherd and we tried everything listed above....chicken wire, rocks, tied down the bottom of the fence...yadda yadda yadda. Lots of that makes your hard look like crap too.

highly recommend a single strand of electric wire...juiced up with a cattle guard system if you can access something like that in your area. Very similar to the systems they sell for dogs, but it's way cheaper. I don't really buy into the whole cruelty thing...you take them there once and get them zapped while you tell them what it's all about. My dog did it twice by herself after that and within a couple of months, we removed the system and sold it online for about 75% of the price we paid for it. Dog never went anywhere near the fence again. It's a small zap.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:26 AM

For now at least...I kicked as much dirt back in as I could and put 2 bricks along the bottom so unless she digs a whole new hole..she can't get out. I was playing with her in the backyard when I got home..a couple time she took her soccer ball over there and set it down...she didn't dig..but I still sternly told her NO ..I just don't want her going over there at all

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:53 AM

Set up a booby trap so every time she goes over there something bad happens.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:57 AM

Now what are you going to do about her penchant for biting young children?

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:03 AM

You can bury blown up balloons where she likes to dig so when she goes to dig the balloons will burst and scare the poo out of her. You can also put her poo in the hole and over the covered hole. Dogs don't like to dig or hang out where they poo.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:18 AM

She's not an attack dog, Z...she's just not used to kids...I won't bring her anywhere with kids ever again...it doesn't help that the 3 times she's nipped at kids, they've been feeding her.. I don't feed my dog table scrapes...who knows...I just know I feel uneasy with her when children are around.

Please remember...she's a RESCUE dog...I have NO CLUE who owned her before me...so I'm learning as time goes by....and children scare her..

Mush..I am so so sorry if Izzy scared your kids..I felt so bad..I didn't know they were going to be there..had I known, I would have left her at home.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:20 AM

So she's a digger, and a biter, an all around hooligan...


...and her dog causes a lot of trouble, too.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:27 AM

You can bury blown up balloons where she likes to dig so when she goes to dig the balloons will burst and scare the poo out of her. You can also put her poo in the hole and over the covered hole. Dogs don't like to dig or hang out where they poo.


Ha, I'd love to see that (the balloon thing), would be hilarious. :)

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:30 AM

She's not an attack dog, Z...she's just not used to kids...I won't bring her anywhere with kids ever again...it doesn't help that the 3 times she's nipped at kids, they've been feeding her.. I don't feed my dog table scrapes...who knows...I just know I feel uneasy with her when children are around.

Please remember...she's a RESCUE dog...I have NO CLUE who owned her before me...so I'm learning as time goes by....and children scare her..

Mush..I am so so sorry if Izzy scared your kids..I felt so bad..I didn't know they were going to be there..had I known, I would have left her at home.


Don't feel too bad... our second chihuahua has a personality disorder I think... she's overly protective of my wife and has bitten me and the boys several times due to that... she also has issues after 8PM. She gets grumpy late at night... but fortunately she's only about 12 pounds and her bite is not a big deal and I'm usually fast enough to avoid the worst of it.

Dogs have their things and as long as you know what they are, they're fine... I know not to go over and mess with ours if she's "in a mood" sitting with my wife.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:36 AM

Except for the kids issue...she's great!! She is super sweet and will roll over on her back so quick to get a belly rub from anyone who's willing :) ...it's just the issue with kids...She's great with other dogs and adults..even drunk ones at the bar on the patio. She's fine at the dog bar in NODA and at Barker Lounge where we take her sometimes to play while I"m at work...it sucks b/c every kids that sees her wants to pet her...

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:37 AM

Don't feel too bad... our second chihuahua has a personality disorder I think... she's overly protective of my wife and has bitten me and the boys several times due to that... she also has issues after 8PM. She gets grumpy late at night... but fortunately she's only about 12 pounds and her bite is not a big deal and I'm usually fast enough to avoid the worst of it.

Dogs have their things and as long as you know what they are, they're fine... I know not to go over and mess with ours if she's "in a mood" sitting with my wife.


My dog is a biter too for the same reason as your chi.
When she's grouchy, she does not bite hard, it's a warning kind of nip thing. Not that makes it any better or an excuse for biting. She gets punished for it, I make her get down if she's sitting with me when it happens. Our kid smothers my dog too much and it aggravates the dog, she will growl to let her know to leave her alone. I do have to be careful with her around other children & people. I wish I didn't. It's my fault though for not properly socializing her.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:55 AM

Dang pumpkintits, I didn't mean to put you on the defensive. She's a sweet dog and you guys are doing the right things with her. All dogs have a penchant for something bad it seems. Take my wifes dog, his mission in life was to bite every man he saw when I met her, now he's just a grumpy old man and he listens very well to me.

Izzy is a good one

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:37 AM

Our new puppy likes to dig in soft dirt as well. The solution we did and has worked so far is a combo of a few above. We took some of his poop, put it in the hole, and then mixed cheyenne pepper in the dirt that we filled the hole in with. I have some chicken wire to put under the dig spots if that doesn't work but it seems to so far....fingers crossed.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:05 AM

Weve stopped several dogs from digging out with a simple solutions.

18" chicken wire and landscape staples.

Unlike biscuit's solution we just rolled out the chicken wire on the ground so one edge is against the fence and used the staples to pin it down.

As long as its well tacked down you can mow over it within a couple of days and within a year it will be completely integrated in the grass/dirt. The dog wont dig through it, you never see it and you can do a large fenced in area (1/2 and acre for us) in a single day. And it even works in front of gates.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:20 PM

Now, an ACTUAL solution.

Had a German shepherd a number of years ago who did this. Chicken wire trick is the best/most affordable. Does take a day of work, but with it getting cooler, it shouldn't be too bad.

Another option is to set up a runner in the yard with a really long leash on it. You can literally make it yourself by getting the stuff at Lowe's. For my dog now, the runner stretches about 30 yards, from the back porch to near the garden (far enough away where she can't get into it). The leash connected to it is about 15 feet wide, but we don't want her getting into some stuff in the yard. If it's an open yard, literally measure out the dimensions of your yard and plan accordingly. Our ONLY issue with this is the post at the far end. She always finds a way to wrap the leash around it a few times and we have to go pull it over to free her. If you put that post flush with your fence, you should be fine there. If you do it right, the dog will not lose any movement freedom and she'll be forced to stay in the yard.


Some jurisdictions are now passing local ordinances regarding how many hours per day a dog can be on a lead or run. Check your local ordinance, and don't leave the dog out all day or anything.