Curing this problem is a challenge because dogs usually dig when they're bored and no one's around. When you're home and paying attention to your dog, you may not see him digging.
Lesson Plan to Stop Digging
Set the intensity to the level you selected for your dog in the section, "Intensity Selection Tips."
Place the dog by himself in an area where he is likely to dig. Watch him, but don't let him know it. When he begins to dig, immediately press the stimulation button. If the dog does not respond to the correction, raise the intensity by one level. To cure the digger, you must catch him in the beginning of the act every time he digs. Expect to spend several days watching your dog closely. These days do not need to be consecutive, but when you cannot watch him, do not leave him where he can dig.
Continue to observe the dog for three days while he's in a place where he has the chance to dig. If the dog has gone for three days after the most recent correction without trying to dig, you can usually consider this training complete. Be prepared to repeat it if digging starts again.
Digging - Summary of Steps
- Use a pre-selected level of intensity.
- Leave the dog in an area where he likes to dig, and watch him without his knowing.
- Press the stimulation button the moment he starts to dig.
- If the dog ignores the correction, raise the intensity intensity by one level.
- Continue the training process until the dog has gone for three days without trying to dig.
- During the training period, do not give the dog a chance to dig if you cannot correct him.
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