My 6 month old German Shepherd puppy just got a new back yard. A new back yard that she loves to dig holes in, unfortunately. She gets about 2 walks a day around the neighborhood for exercise. What should I do to keep this from happening...
NEW backyard...2 short walks a day...seemingly unsupervised in the yard...
ECollar as a first tool out of the box? I question this because to me, it does not seem right...especially since you've not used one before and this dog is only 6 months old.
Michele makes some good points.
Can you try more exercise/ob sessions and less unsupervised time in the back yard?
You may want to try the low tech (and free) option of putting her poops in the already dug holes, if she tends to dig in the same spots. Kind of gross, but it is effective. You can cover them shallowly and it will still deter her from digging.
I am by no means "dissin" the e-collar--it Definately has a rightful place and use in a digging up the yard scenario, but I am not sold on it being the right tool for this particular scenario...
I'm just questioning the *timing* of the use of the e-collar (remember, timing is everything in training--including when to graduate in use of training equipment).
The OPoster has given very little information here and what little she has given, I am truly amazed at those of you who were very quick (IMO) to jump into e-collar to fix this problem in a 6 month old puppy with a NEW yard.
To the OP. It is my honest opinion that you try other methods to redirect your puppy in the yard and while doing this, you and your husband *learn* and study the e-collar before implementation to your training tool box.
Loc: Central Coast, California
With my then-pup, digging and yard destruction was, to a large extent, boredom. He reached a point where he needed more mental and physical exercise and his digging was a rather large clue that took me awhile to get.
Yes, an e collar CAN help this...but only if you are watching at all times and catch them at the moment they are doing it. I tried using the e collar and it did work...sometimes. Only when I caught him.
I found adding more play/exercise/OB worked a whole lot better. A tired dog is a happy, less destructive dog.
Loc: Lake City, Coeur d' Alene, ID
When I used the ecollar to break one particularly difficult dog (after I tried everything else I could think of, Michele) I baited a hole with salami. I sat on my deck where the dog couldn't see me and devoted one Memorial Day weekend to the task. I relocated the hole with salami several times.
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