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Old 04-29-2019, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2-year old basset has just started digging in our lawn, which she has never really done before. I know dogs dig, but being a stubborn basset she doesnít listen well when I tell her to stop. Is this a common issue with bassets? Besides walking beside her every time she goes in the backyard I donít know what to do.
She does tend to go through phases, picks a behaviour and repeats it for a few weeks so Iím hoping sheíll stop soon.
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My 2-year old basset has just started digging in our lawn, which she has never really done before. I know dogs dig, but being a stubborn basset she doesnít listen well when I tell her to stop. Is this a common issue with bassets? Besides walking beside her every time she goes in the backyard I donít know what to do.

She does tend to go through phases, picks a behaviour and repeats it for a few weeks so Iím hoping sheíll stop soon.


Itís usually boredom and / or lack of exercise.

What do you do for activities with her, and how often?


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would not surprise me if you have a mole/vole issue in the back yard and she is hunting them.
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the other could be creating a comfortable place to lay down out there which is not going to be easy to stop. much easier to control by providing and acceptable outlet. ie create a space she can dig, see https://www.siriuspup.com/behavior-problems/digging
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if the digging is along the fence line it can be a means of escape in which case laying 2-3 ft wide chicken wire on the ground along the fence line. Attach the edge of chicken wire to bottom of fence. Bury chicken wire with about 1" of soil.
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My 14 yr old male (George) only digs when I fail to provide adequate attention. He could care less about any mice, mole, crawdad, etc. Now show him a squirrel or rabbit you better have your running shoes on. He caught a squirrel and just held it in his mouth. He was quite perturbed when I released the squirrel.
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Thanks for you suggestions.

We do have chipmunks in our yard but she just likes to watch them - literally will just stare at then for hours 😂

She seems to have stopped so thinking it was just a phase but weíll keep a close eye on her.
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