Sooz said:Sounds like he's bored. If he's not after a critter (mole), digging is entertainment. I would make sure he's getting tons of exercise daily. Dog-tired dobies don't dig.
I have a digging issue with my 8 month old Dobe. We rescued him 6 days ago. It does seem to be boredom that triggers it. However, exercise has been no cure. We take a brisk 3-mile walk every morning and night (with me leading and him following at my side). That's 6 miles a day!! Plus, he gets plenty of fetch time as well. I added a doggie backpack with a 5-lb. weight on each side to make him burn off a little more energy, but he still digs and barks a bit excessively in the yard when we're not there to entertain him. Is my problem different since he is still in the "puppy" stage?Rebel73 said:I walk him 2 miles every night and that seems to curb the digging thing. Yeah, a bored Dobe is a naughty Dobe..
I agree. If you don't want him to dig, then keep him inside with you and don't let him outside unsupervised. Dogs dig, it is what they do, they dig, bark, etc. They dig and bark more when bored and not watched. Having dog bark all the time is not nice for the neighborhood, if you live in one. It is not good for the dog himself either.Sooz said:He sounds lonely and bored, and you cannot exercise that out of them. This is not a "blob" breed that's content to lay around outside for hours and do nothing. Dobies need company and constant mental stimulation, even (especially) as a puppy. Good for you for rescuing a dog and kudos on the exercise routine, but...and I mean no offense, but if you got him planning to leave him alone outside while you're away at work or wherever, this was not the best choice for you or him. JMHO.
eph94 said:Now about some of the advice here, I'm getting a conflicted message. I've also read on this forum that Dobes need some "quiet" and "alone" time too, so I give him a couple of hours in the yard by himself. That's when he makes it his mission to find those acorns. I don't mind taking away this freedom from him, but I also don't want to create an overstimulated and overdependent toddler either.
I don't see ANYTHING wrong with having a dog spend a couple of hours outside by themselves. IMO, it's important for dogs to learn they can function just fine alone and without their owners..this is a vital part of raising an emotionally healthy animal to me.
This is something I make a point of doing with every puppy-starting them out in an expen with shade, water, etc..obviously for short periods of time with little guys, gradually increasing the time.
I'm not saying that it's a good thing for dobermans to spend MOST of their time out in a backyard. But a couple of hours out there by themselves does no harm, and goes a long way towards producing a confident animal that's free from separation anxiety.
Eph, my apologies if I understood something different from the above quote than you meant to convey. Sounds like he's just playing a game of "find the acorn", not digging monster craters because no one is home. Thanks for clearing that up. Definitely those acorns are lots of fun! I don't see any problem w/a puppy just being a puppy, and since he's very obviously not being neglected, I'd say your family is doing everything right. Sounds like Harley has a good life. Based on your last post, I wouldn't change a thing.eph94 said:I have a digging issue with my 8 month old Dobe... he still digs and barks a bit excessively in the yard when we're not there