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3 1/2 old kelpie X choc lab 

He has been desexed, but won't stop digging holes in not only gardens but the grass aswell, mainly happens when noone is outside. Have given toys and treat toys, but he just chews them into amillion pieces. Please help.

Answered Tuesday 20 October 2015

Hi Shannan,


 it sounds like you have a highly active dog in a kelpie x lab. What is your exercise and training regime with your dog? 

Hole digging is generally something that dogs do when they are bored, hence your dog digging when no one is outside. Regular and adequate exercise is a must for a young energetic dog and it may surprise you how much it will take to tire your dog out. A gentle walk on the lead with you each morning will barely touch the sides for your dog. He probably needs to run or swim at full pace for several hours per day. 

The toys that you are providing are a good form of social enrichement for your dog and the fact that he is tearing them to pieces means that he is enjoying this interaction. You may need to find more robust toys however because there is a significant risk that he may begin to eat some of the pieces of toy. Whilst no toy is indestructibe, "Kong" do make a good range of strong toys and treats. 

Also, have you got any friends with dogs of a similar size and age? Play dates with other dogs is a great way to keep your dog entertained and doubles as great socialisation. They can then both wear each other out playing and you don't necessarily have to be exercising with them. If they become good friends then you can leave them together for the day and they will provide company for each other.

Good luck with the training and remember, too much exercise will never be enough,




 Anthony and James

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