I posted a while back in desperation about my rotti/doberman puppy pebbles who loved to roll in her feces, especially in the kennel, who was impossible to potty train. after months we finally discovered the secret: letting her stay outside like 40-50% of the time.
this is her schedule: 7am she is let outside. around 9 i let her back in. if im home shes let out again around 12ish, or i have the neighbors boy let her out. she gets to come in again a few hours later when i get back around 2-3. she gets to stay in all evening, around 7 i let her out until 9, and she gets to stay inside the rest of the night until the next morning.
pooping problem solved. she rarely goes inside now. but now we have a new problem. she finds ever way to escape, and i actually admire her efforts. we have had to put in all sorts of contraptions along the fence (some of which is chainlink, 1 side of which is privacy fence. we've got chicken wire at all the corners, cinder blocks between the fence & the house.
now she has found a new way to escape. she digs under the privacy fence. this concerns me, our neighbors have a very big and aggressive pitbull who is not fond of her.
now i have done everything to decrese her 'boredom' outside. she has a playmate, hammy, and older lab (who never escapes, he loves the backyard. i think he appreciates it because we used to live in an apartment). they also have a variety of toys to play with. Also, they are not left outside for very long periods of time. if they were outside all day i would understand.
he digs the holes, and she escapes. it's bizzarre.
anyways, we drop a cinderblock in each hole, burry in in the dirt, only to find a new hole the next day. keeping her in ALL day is not an option, nor is being outside every minute shes out. ive tried letting her out for less time, but then the pooping inside thing happens again.
i dont have the money for an electric fence, nor do i wish to put pepper outside (what if they got it in their eyes)?
is there anything i can do to stop this? someone suggested i burry chicken wire in the dirt by the fence... is there any better ideas as i dont want to destory the grass that I just got to grow back?
at wits end, thanks for your advice! i have never had such a difficult dog.. is this a breed thing or have i just been lucky? hammy digs holes everywhere, and plays in it. he prefers it to toys, not sure i can stop that. what i dont understand is why he is digging them under the fence when he never desires escape. also, he adores pebbles so i doubt he wants her to escape. (in fact he runs to the sliding glass door and barks to let us know when she has escaped!)
I'm thinking the same as kdubbs, I think. How much exercise does your dog get, out of the yard? I had 2 Rotties that were digging menaces, and I eventually electrified the whole enclosure to stop them. They had tons of exercise, just loved to dig. By the way, an electric fencer from a farm supply is not really expensive, and it's worth the peace of mind it gives you. Once the dog learns that digging will not work, you can always sell the fencer, and get your money back. If the dog is just digging out of sheer boredom though, you need to take him on an extensive tiring walk, at least once a day, and preferably to an open aea, where he can run.
Funny but maybe not, on one of my shar pei lists there is a Pebbles that has the very same problem only she climbs. Some dogs are so prey driven that it is almost impossible to keep them contained. My suggestion to you is to put about an 18" wide piece of chicken wire under the grass about 5" deep or so all around the perimeter. You can simply cut the grass like sod and peel it back. Lay the wire down and turn the sod back over the wire. Make certain that you bring the chicken wire a bit up the fence so there is leeway for digging. As it is, they are tearing up your yard by digging holes anyhow. The roots of the grass will grow right through the chicken wire. Good Luck and pray she does not start jumping or climbing the fence next.