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Our Heidelberg German Shepherd Dogs dig very infrequently. However, all German Shepherd Dogs will dig. Three basic reasons exist to cause your German Shepherd Dog to dig. The first and most common is boredom, followed by digging in a damp place in the yard in the summer to keep cool, and because they see you dig and want to join in on the activity such as planting a tree.
If your German Shepherd Dog is digging because they are bored. Take note of the time of the day or night that they dig and try to interrupt this behavioral pattern by walking them at this time. If it is during the middle of the day, while you are at work, you can try walking your German Shepherd Dog as soon as you get home from work. Usually by adding a daily brisk walk, the digging behavior will be abated. If this does not work, hire a teenager to walk your German Shepherd Dog during the day while you are at work. When you get home consider adding another walk to your German Shepherd Dog’s daily routine. A walk or combination of walks should stop the digging.
If your German Shepherd Dog is digging to stay cool during the summer time, place a plastic kiddie pool full of water in their backyard. It is usually best to place the pool over the area that they usually dig.
If you garden and have had the pleasure of planting several plants only to have your German Shepherd Dog dig up all your plantings, you are not alone. Do not disparage and give up on your garden. While planting place your German Shepherd Dog in a crate out-of-site of your gardening activities. This is usually all that is required to keep your German Shepherd Dog from helping you with your gardening.
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