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Anyone have any advice in terms of getting a dog to stop digging, other than catching her in the act and giving her c r a p?
I recently had a baby and my american bulldog is 11 months old...she is happy when people come to visit, but is excited at first, so if DH isn't home, I want to put her outside till my guest comes in. She doesn't jump up or anything, she just runs circles, grabs her 5 nearest toys etc...and its a bit much for me to handle carrying a newborn as she is 80lbs. I'll let her in once my guests are in. The moment my back is turned, she starts digging in our grass in the backyard...even if she's only out there for all of 45 seconds. I'm not sure how to stop her! Any advice would be much appreciated.
Honestly, sounds like she isn't able to get out enough energy. American Bulldogs are typically a higher energy breed and if she's already excited and then digging that is a pretty clear indication that she isn't getting enough activities to drain her energy levels.
I know with a newborn it can be difficult, I had a not quite 2 year old Boxer when I had my son, but could you put the baby in the stroller and go on a couple of walks a day and take your pup with you so he/she could expend some energy? Or play ball in the backyard while the baby is napping? Do you have a crate you can put the pup in when people come over instead of putting him/her into the yard? Or could you put the baby in a carry sling or lay him down in a playpen or bouncy chair so that you can help calm your pup down?
Every night DH takes her to the dog park for at least an hour to run off steam since I have a newborn all day! We knew when we got her she was a high-energy breed. She spends all day asleep unless someone comes over since she's super friendly. We do have a crate...but we like to avoid using that as a 'punishment' type thing, its her safe place. I want to be able to just send her outside for 10 minutes to run off steam but can't at this point We'll just keep on her and hope with time it resolves itself...same with any other puppy behaviour
Putting her in her crate when people come over isn't using it as a punishment. Yelling at her and throwing her in the crate would be a punishment. We put our dogs in their crates when people come over or people come to work on the house, they still voluntarily go into them and it's their safe place still.
Yeah unfortunately an hour probably isn't enough. I have Boxers and a GSD so I get high energy. Could he add a morning session to that? Or could yout ake her on a walk during the day with the baby in the stroller?
I will say that digging does not usually resolve on its own. Good luck.