Your German Shepherd is full of life. He spends his mornings charging around local fields on his daily walk, sniffing everything he can get near. However, when he gets home, he doesn’t half cause trouble. He spends his time digging up your precious yard when you’ve spent months working hard to make it look nice for summer. In fact, your German Shepherd seems insistent on destroying your hard work.
Training him not to dig will save you from considerable pain. Firstly, your yard will go back to looking appealing and be a nice place to spend time. Your house also won’t get covered in dirt because he’s come back in and brought half the yard with him. Finally, this type of training will help you stamp out other bad habits too. Not to mention it will secure your position as pack leader.
Training your German Shepherd not to dig is surprisingly straightforward. The first thing you will need to do is take a number of steps to deter him from digging in the first place. You will also need to channel his energy into something more productive. Incentives will also be required to give him a reason not to dig. Finding the right motivator will be half the battle.
If he’s a puppy the habit should be relatively new. He should also be fairly receptive, which means you could see results in just a week or two. However, if this habit has been on-going for many years then you may need up to six weeks to fully get a handle on it. If you can get this training right you’ll have taken a big step towards a well behaved German Shepherd, who listens to your instructions.
Before you start training, you will need to get your hand on several bits. Stock up on mouthwatering treats. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small pieces. You will also need a water spray bottle, a deterrence collar and baby gates for one of the methods. Toys and food puzzles will also be required.
Try to set aside 15 minutes each time for training and be around as much as possible to react when you see him digging.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!