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POTTY TRAINING LIKE A PRO - Digging Dogs

 

 

Digging Dog?

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If your dog likes a good dig in the park, chances are that they might be tempted to dig at the patch. Some breeds were created to be diggers, it's in their DNA and they just can't help the urge. Some dogs, however, dig as a behavioural response to anxiety, fear and excess energy. If this is the case, it is important to try find out what might be causing your pooch to act in this way.

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We are strong believers in restricting punishing your animals. Anger from you will not address the cause of the behaviour and will potentially worsen any digging thats motivated by fear or stress. 

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Dog exercising

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If you find that your dog is digging at the Oui Oui Patch, try to discourage this by giving them something else to play with to keep them distracted. If this doesn't seem to help, you may want to consider creating a sort of digging den out of old towels and soft textiles. This would offer your pup a safe release for their digging instincts. 

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We encourage that especially with new puppies, pawrents should discourage any form of play on the Oui Oui Patch. Creating the association of the patch with toileting ONLY, will discourage their need to dig or create a mess. You will also begin to identify certain cues your puppies make when they have excess energy and want to play or dig. In this case, when the dog attempts to play so on the Oui Oui Patch, a stern "no" should help them learn that this is not a toy to be played with. 

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Ensure that your pet is receiving the right amount of dog exercise every day according to their breed. Different dog breeds require vastly difficult levels of daily activity, and it doesn’t always follow that a small dog needs less exercise! Your dog should be getting at least half an hour of outdoor activity every day.

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Dog stretching

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Increasing their level of exercise could help them to burn off the extra energy that they are spending on digging up holes in the patch.
Play with them using active toys (balls, flying disks) as often as possible. Teach your dog a few commands or tricks. Practice these every day for five to 10 minutes.

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Take a training class with your dog and practice what you learn daily. Keep interesting toys in the yard to keep your dog busy when you're not around. Kong®-type toys filled with treats or busy-box dog toys work especially well. Rotate the toys to keep things interesting. 
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