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Question by Kelly
Submitted on 12/22/2003
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Please tell me how to get my Siberian to quit digging holes?

Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 1/4/2004
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It is a Siberians instinct to dig. In the wild they would dig holes in snow to sleep in. I'm not sure if you can really break this habit but you could get a book on training and/or animal behavior to help you. Good luck! Tanisha


Answer by Jill
Submitted on 1/8/2004
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This is gong to sound really silly, but to break my Husky of his digging habit I had a pair of digging socks !!  Every time he would dig  I'd put the socks on him and pull them right up to his elbows and he learned quickly not to dig because he hated them sooooo much!


Answer by BOBO
Submitted on 5/5/2004
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There is really know way to make them stop it just means that there bored, you can hit them but who wants to hit the dog.


Answer by Ellen
Submitted on 6/1/2004
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I too have a Siberian Husky and he just loves to dig. He especially does it when I leave the house. When my husband leaves, he could care less.....it's only when I leave that he really goes to town digging. We just had a very heavy thunderstorm and he took a sandbag we have all around the perimeter of the fence (and it was a very wet sandbag) and drug it away from the fence and dug a hole till he hit the chicken wire in the hole. The chicken wire doesn't seem to stop him though. Wolf just loves to dig!! He'll be a yr old on June 3rd and if we couldn't break him from digging by now, I don't think it will ever happen. They are notorious for being diggers and a very hard instinct to break. You need to play with them more....but my Siberian also has major separation anxiety disorder too!!


Answer by KEL
Submitted on 6/5/2004
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Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 6/14/2004
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Note: Yelling will only do damage. Huskies live to please you and if you always yell at them, they will develop behavior problems. (digging for example) If you will simply stop yelling at your Husky, she will decrease on alot of the digging, etc. Now, digging is a Husky trait. They LOVE to dig, but what I'm saying is that yelling will only counter product.  Giving them chew toys also helps tremendously as chewing is also one of their traits. Make sure it's a strong one though because they will EAT regular chew toys. (mine have done it before my eyes)


Answer by Rose
Submitted on 6/16/2004
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My Husky is 4 yrs old and she still digs! We went as far as a 6ft chain link fence and we dug a trench along it and filled it with concrete. Now she can't get out of the yard but there are still holes everywhere.


Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 6/18/2004
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My Huskies were really digging up my pen too and one thing that helps tremendously is a chew toy. They dig when they're bored then it becomes a habit. Once they're over a year, there's not much hope. So if you're getting a husky, make sure to train it while you still can!
Also, huskies are very intelligent and they learn how to get around doing what they want. For example: they dig: you come out yelling: they run: you chase: they get away: you go back in: They dig! You have to learn to be smarter than your dog and let it know that you're in charge. If you're not willing to do that, don't blame your dog for having behavior problems. It's your fault!


Answer by Britesparx
Submitted on 7/7/2004
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This might sound kind of gross BUT it really works.  Put some of the dogs' poo in the hole or holes that have been dug.  The dog won't go near them.  However, they may begin to dig a different hole.  With my sib after awhile of doing this she doesn't really dig anymore.  


Answer by kel
Submitted on 8/10/2004
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I did not mean we run outside screaming at our dog we love our little girl!!!!  All I meant by yelling at her is If I'm sitting on the porch while she's outside I tell her no your not suppose digg holes in the yard. she understands no! But anyways we tried that sock suggestion and it's been months!!! since we've caught her digging thank you so....much.


Answer by Tiffany Nicole
Submitted on 11/13/2004
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Find areas in the yard where you wouldn't mind a few holes.  Only bury bones, toys, treats, etc. in that area, however, don't bury it very deep.  Just keep filling those holes in and continue putting goodies in those holes.  It won't stop the digging, but it will limit it to a specific area and a specific depth.  Good luck!


Answer by guard_dog
Submitted on 5/29/2005
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My hubby and I made a sand box for our dog. It works great. He has dug a few holes and has stopped since we got the sand box. When he's hot he does lay in the sand.


Answer by Chris
Submitted on 10/14/2005
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I just read on another website to make a sandbox for digging and occasionally burying dog treats these


Answer by Clelia
Submitted on 12/20/2005
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I have a 5 months old husky and a 3 year old Belgian Shepherd, even another dogs company doesnt stop my husky from digging, back yard looks like Beirut, so we decided to bye her a childs clam shell we opened it out and put sand in one side and water in another, now she doesnt dig up the lawn anymore - really does help.


Answer by kevin
Submitted on 1/5/2006
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it looks like nobody has a clue about what they're talking about here.


Answer by Tina
Submitted on 3/2/2006
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My Husky, Natasha, is 11 years old and STILL digs holes in the yard.  We just got our yard straightened out at our old house, but had to move to a different house.  Now she is starting to dig holes in this yard.  My husband is livid and wants me to find her a new home....of course, that is NOT an option for me. I've finally come to realize that
the only way I can prevent her from digging is to let her out to do her business and then bring her right back in.  She has NEVER does anything wrong in the house, even when she was a puppy.  It's definitely boredom that causes them to dig.  


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