On Tue, 29 Jun 2004 07:27:58 -0500, "Perry Templeton"
Other than fencing in the garden or keeping Fido on a lead, its gonna
be a hard thing to do short of cutting the front paws off!
I have 4 miniature dachshunds, who for the most part are fine, but in
a split second can dig out a canyon you could put a car in, while in
pursuit of whatever gets their attention. So we have to constantly
keep an eye on them when they are out of "thier" yard if we don't
want any more trenches and canyons dug.
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My sister used coffee grounds to train her dog to stay out of the trash.
Seeing as that is something that people sometimes put on their garden
anyway, maybe you could give it a try?
Now if only it would work for squirrels, I'd be all set. Yesterday they
decided that just digging up the garden wasn't enough and attacked the pots
& window boxes I have on the balcony as well. ARGH!!!
blood meal seems to work for the squirrels in wisconsin. Ingrid
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It may be too early to tell but I think I've found a solution for
that. I noticed that my squirrelfriends were not digging where I had
mulched garden plants with shredded leaves. So I mulched the potted
plants with a thick layer of shredded leaves (I have a large supply
left from last fall) and the squirrels have left the plants alone
since then. It's been over a week with no digging. Let's see how
long that lasts! Maybe I'll throw out a handful of peanuts today and
see what happens.
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
You're all right about the inquisitive and exploring nature of the breed. I
just don't want them to be like that in my little vegetable garden!
I think there is some grub or something in the dirt, as they always dig in
the same exact spot. I wound up putting bricks over the spot where they
were digging and it seems to be working.
How about just getting in their faces when they dig in the garden and
yelling until they are shaking in fear? I mean, really, what other options
do you have which won't be an absurd inconvenience to you? You want a smart
pet? Get a chimpanzee.
An electric wire run around the garden beds will keep them from digging in
the beds. You'd better give them somewhere else that is "approved" to dig
in though, because both of these dogs do that by instinct. Also, only let
them out when you are there to supervise them. Otherwise keep them in the
house with you or in their crates if they can't be supervised. Lots of
structured exercise and obedience training will go a long way into making
"terrorists" at least acceptible community citizens as well.
But if that occured the only way to exercise them would be to take them
for a drag<G>. Yeah, I know terrible humor. And you couldn't name them
as it would serve no purpose since they couldn't come when you called them.
On the plus side its good to know that my 2 MinPins are not the only
terrorists around. Ours like tomatos and harvest their own when the
whim hits so they have their own plants, mine are along side the house
where they can't get to them!
Perhaps one of those buried electric fences for keeping dogs in the
yard. You could just surround all of your planters or gardens with the
buring wire, and if the dog crosses over (or even gets too close), they will
get a little harmless zap that will make them think twice about entering the
garden again. That or a few short lessons with a training (choke) collar
can be quite productive.
Matt in MI
And neither work very well without the unspoken secret of "TRAINING".
Buying an underground fence or zap collar and just using it without training
your dog in what you expect from him can lead to all sorts of behavior
problems including aggression. In addition, an underground fence does not
protect your dog from roaming dogs or idiot humans like a traditional fence
can, and should never ever be used as the sole containment for a dog that is
left outdoors unsupervised. Training collars are sophisticated training
devices used by professional trainers and dogs who are well beyond attaining
several companion dog obedience titles and not negative deterrent ones for
common household issues in my dog Spot. Used incorrectly by someone who
doesn't know how to train their dog in the first place or won't take the
time to do it properly, they are inhumane and can encourage entirely the
Our Humane Society does not endorse the use of either and we will not adopt
to anyone who has only an underground fence as a plan to contain their dog.
We DO recommend a simple electric wire fence as it's visible and easily
understood by your dog when learning boundaries. After a month of use, you
usually don't even have to turn it on again.
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