My roommate has two big puppies and plans to continue a garden that he had already put in before I lived here. However, we're quickly realizing that these new friends might pose some obstacles to that idea. One of the dogs likes to dig. A lot! She is sparkling white when freshly washed and dried, but comes in from outside looking kind of brownish with black paws every day. haha Unfortunately, the back yard is kind of a mess because of it. How can we keep the dogs from digging, or doing their business for that matter, in the planted areas? We have some wire fencing. I'm not sure if that will keep them out if they are really determined. They might think our garden is "the place to be" if they see us hanging out in there a lot. Any suggestions? Help please! We want to have everything ready when it's time to plant outside.
On a side note as for the cats try putting pine cones in things that you don't want them to dig up. (Cats usually don't like the feel on their paws)
This is a great idea! I've never heard of it before but it sound like a good idea.
Caitlin Elder wrote:
A little trick that I learned to keep her from digging was to put a blown up balloon in the hole and then fill it up with dirt again. When the dog goes to dig the hole up she will pop the balloon with her paws, startling her.
I have tried sprinkling black pepper on the ground but it did not work very well.
I suppose also the dog is digging out of boredom or anxiety so we might also try to find a replacement behavior like a toy with a treat hidden inside or something?
(off subject : we are doing a craft event this Sat., see the Get out & do something thread for info.)
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