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    Dogs digging up the dog run!

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    As you can see, I built them a 100x50ft dog run to go do whatever they want, and they dig up right in front of the gate. Not too big a deal when dry, but when it rains, they look like they been chasing pigs and get all muddy. Got any ideas for a remedy? Gravel? They'd just dig through it. Concrete? Lace it with buried fence?
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    Correct the behavior. Building barrier after barrier after barrier is pointless if they aren't taught not to dig through them.
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    As you can see, I built them a 100x50ft dog run to go do whatever they want, and they dig up right in front of the gate. Not too big a deal when dry, but when it rains, they look like they been chasing pigs and get all muddy. Got any ideas for a remedy? Gravel? They'd just dig through it. Concrete? Lace it with buried fence?
    When my dad had a dog run about half the size of yours he did lace it with the same fence he used to build the run I think just the last foot or so he buried but fastened the other end of it to the upright fence. After that the dogs started to climb the fence then he used what I call chicken fence for the top 2 feet of the regular fence.

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    We've had a couple greyhounds that liked to dig in the fenced in area. I don't know that we ever broke them of it completely, but we used to watch them when they were outside and when the started to dig, we spoke their name and got their attention away from excavating. Then they would go about doing something else. It seemed to cut the frequency down considerably.
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    The dogs may be bored.
    I'd put a horse stall mat at the gate.
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    Your dog is bored. I see nothing in the kennel for him/her to play with. Putting them in a large fenced in area will not stop the boredom. You could put him in a 5 ac fenced in area they will do the same thing. Take long walks with him, play ball, learn him to hunt things, you hide them he finds them. Start easy then make them hard. Reward when he finds it. I am sorry and no offense to you but putting them in a large cage is not being a dog owner. These dogs, especially, like to please their owner and are very high strung and need to burn off energy both physically and mentally. Make him a part of your daily routine and you will be rewarded for the rest of your life by their actions. Respectably! Billie
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    Best canine advice I ever received...... A tired dog is a good dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Maphesto View Post
    Best canine advice I ever received...... A tired dog is a good dog.
    Sort of like, "A cold barn is a healthy barn".
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    I agree - the dogs are bored - not enough energy expended. Putting in more fence, gravel, etc. will do nothing. Need to correct the behavior, which in this case, is more exercise outside of the run.
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    I agree with above, but another trick I leaned was to TEACH them to dig.
    If they are taught to dig on command, they do it less on their own. It won't stop them completely, but it reduces how much they dig.
    The other thing is they may be getting warm. Do they lay in the holes?
    My dogs dig to get to cooler soil to lay in.
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