HI, OUR BREED IS AN AMERICAN ESKIE, SHE IS ALMOST A YEAR OLD AND SHE IS A GREAT DOG. MY QUESTION OR "PROBLEM" IS THAT SASHA LOVES TO DIG. SHE HAS HER OWN SAND BOX BUT WHEN IT IS RAINING OR TO COLD, SHE HAS THE NEED TO DIG ANYWHERE SHE IS...ON THE CHAIR, ON THE BED, UP THE STAIRS, OR JUST IN THE MIDDLE OF A PILLOW. SASHA HAS NOT TORE ANYTHING UP BUT I AM AFRAID SHE WILL AND THE HABBIT WILL GET WORSE. WE DO NOT SCOLD HER FOR THE DIGGING BUT TRY NOT TO ENCOURAGE IT, SHORT OF BRINGING THE SAND IN THE HOUSE I HAVE NO IDEAS...ANY INPUT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRICATED.
Put vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray her for doing this. By ignoring her, you are letting her think that she has a higher 'alpha' role than you and that she can do anything she wants. This will escalate to worse behavior down the road. Oh, if you respond can you please take the caps off? There are other members on here with american eskimos. I bet they have good advice on the breed as well. :)
I use a growl in my voice and say the same thing over and over when I talk to dogs. They don't hear words so you don't want your sentences too big. I say Hey! NO DIGGING! And you have to catch them right in the act. No digging in my house! I have had the expensive tough plastic pans in my kennels ruined by nervous digging. It is your territory. The dog should be submissive to you.
some of my dogs have done the digging thing in the house on carpets, dog beds, even the hardwood floor. i attribute this to them trying to fluff up what they are digging on so they have a comfy place to sleep. quite different then digging outside.