Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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I’m going to let you peek into my world and learn how a professional dog trainer solves this type of behavior problem. I noticed that every time he would start digging holes he was in the yard playing with a friend’s dog, unsupervised.
To figure this out, I simply left the dog in the yard alone with access to the rose garden several times… and came back to find that he had not dug. So… it stands to reason that the only time my dog is digging in the yard is when there is another dog in the yard.
If you catch your dog digging in an non-designated area, firmly say "No digging!" and bring him over to the designated digging area where he can dig in peace. Make sure your dog has a filled water bowl that can't be tipped over, leaving your dog without water the entire day. If you do gardening, do not let your dog see you till or dig in the earth, as this would simply be positive reinforcement. Cement also works well to fill holes near the fence (pour in dry, then add water to cement-filled hole, do not allow dog in yard while it is hardening). If you use the dog feces method, use your dog's own feces; the waste from another dog will not work.
If you want to find a couple reliable ways to get your dog from digging up a storm in your back yard, read this instructional for numerous tips and tricks. Your dog will only respond to the hole he has just dug if you discourage him yourself (see Tips).


If you've unsuccessfully tried to discourage your dog from digging the polite way, it's time to step up the tactics and show him who's boss. The unpleasant surprise when the dog pops the balloon will take away some of the dog's digging pleasure. Your dog may have learned that digging a hole in your nice garden gets attention from you, even if that attention is the bad sort of attention.
If you don't have an outside shelter to keep him cool in hot weather, he might be digging to find a respite from the heat. If you are working in your garden, remove fresh dirt from your dog's reach with a fence or covering.
Your dog may be bored if he stares at fences for a long time, whines, or engages in playful or "hyperactive" behavior, including digging holes. So you must find ways to make the act of digging while you are not around a little bit less pleasurable for the dog. However, there are many dogs who eat their poop and will gladly see this as you burying their favorite treat.
If you think this might be case, ignore the dog after the digging and lavish your dog with attention for other, good behavior. This is especially likely if the digging is near the foundations of buildings, trees, or water sources. If the dog digs at the roots of trees or plants, or there's a raised path leading to the digging site, it's possible that your pet has spotted another pet he wants to, well, hunt.


At best, punishing your dog for digging holes by yelling, slapping, or hitting him will only keep him from digging that hole while you are around. Most recently, she’s been working on editing How to Tell if a Cow or Heifer Is Pregnant to make some improvements based on reader feedback and questions. Note: punishing the dog for digging after the fact will not solve the problem, and it could just worsen any anxiety that is causing him to dig in the first place.
If you think this may be the case, try to figure out what your dog is running to or from, and give him incentives to stay put in the yard.
Some primitive-type breeds who love to dig for the joy of digging include Australian Cattle Dogs and the Portuguese Podengo Medio (new to America).
Also, most terriers love digging and should be allowed to do so, as long as they cannot escape. I can easily go into my area of expertise and understanding and further work and shape it into something better than it was before.
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