(Closed) Backyard dog problems (digging and barking) please help!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Can the neighbors dog come over to play and also are they both or one of them neutered?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@Eva Peron:  Neutering was the first thing I thought of also…

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Personally I would report the neighbor to the police. I believe they are required to at least provide a shelter and water at all times. And yes, neutered dogs can still go a little crazy around a female in standing heat.

As far as the digging/barking, honestly I don’t think anything is going to solve that other than more supervision. He’s pretty young to be left out unattended for long periods of time.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Awww I feel bad for her 🙁 If its really bad, I wouldn’t hesitate to anonymously call animal patrol or slip her some new water whenever possible. Thats no life for a dog, and since she is not neutered they may be preparing her to be knocked up to backyard breed or something sketchy.

It most likely is due to her being female, heat and also just the fact that they would really like to play and get together. Dogs are social pack animals.The only thing you could do is ethier really correct the barking and digging, which starts with respect and discipline within the home, and then apply it every time it occurs in the yard or you really can’t have him out there 🙁 ( if you cant put up with digging and barking)

Some people put the electric fencing thing in with the collar so they get zapped if they dig but I know you can’t alter things without permission.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think I agree with Mrs.Argentina in the sense that since you can’t control the other dog’s behavior and she’s setting off your dog, and IF you can’t handle the digging and barking (I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in ours you can be cited and ticketed at $60 a pop if someone reports your dog for excessive barking), then you can’t have your puppy outside unless he’s supervised and you can correct the behavior when it happens. And even then, I’m not sure that it’ll actually solve the problem–it’s sort of like counter-surfing in that once the dog does it and gets food, it’s also rewarded. So since your dog is being rewarded every time by seeeing the other dog, it’s going to be tough to fix (no matter how much my dog is willing to obey me, I just don’t compare to the promise of a squirrel). 

Have you tried something heavier than bricks that’s harder for the dog to move–cinderblock or a potted bush or something?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Keep the dog inside and only let it out when you are there to supervise it. Out of sight…out of mind.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

One of our neighbors kept their dog out all the time on a leash without shelter or water in the summer. It would bark all day long and pant continuously. We called animal control every day for two weeks, and they finally ended up taking the dog away. It was adopted by another family in town that treated him very well. Please call animal control if you don’t think the animal is getting water.

I agree with other PPs– you probably just need to be outside when your puppy is outside. Take a book out, do some gardening, etc. Then, if the puppy starts digging or barking, you can discipline him. Also, is he digging in just one spot? If so, there is a type of powder that you can add to the soil that “discourages” digging… it’s kind of a blend of spices that are irritating to dog’s noses so they avoid digging in the one spot.

Personally not a huge fan of the electric collar, but they seem successful at stopping barking :/ DH put one on our dog for a day and after a couple barks the dog stopped. The dog was really upset though, so I made Darling Husband zap himself with the collar to see how strong it was. We ended up taking the collar back.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

that poor neighbor puppy i would tell them that the distraction of their dog is having ur dog misbehave and a easy fix is just to let the neighbor dog come over and play for a little bit and then you can take him back to their yard urself. that is so mean! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

By The Way i would call animal control. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would go take some photos of the dogs living area. If its not getting food, or water then thats wrong. At minimum animals must have a shelter, food and water access. If I ever saw that dog out agian I wouldn’t be returning it to the neighbor thats for sure. I would be on the phone with animal control until they came out.

The poor girl dog wants to escape, and I sure don’t blame either dog for barking. How sad.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m sorry to hear about the pup next door being potentially mis-treated, it sux to see animals treated like that!

This might sound like a really gross idea but one solution to your problem could be to put some dog poo in the hole they dogs keep digging.  I can just about guarantee that neither dog will like digging into poo!

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