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How can I create an outside environment for dogs so they can play when not being walked?

I have a spayed 2 yr.old German Sheppard mix-possibly Husky or Malmute and my daughter's male cheweenie puppy. I want to keep them from digging the yard up. The german sheppard does not play with toys at least, none that I have tired. They are being walked daily. Max, the puppy, has only been living with us for 6 weeks or so.

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  • Wendy DanburyWendy Danbury OrangePosts: 861Member
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    Hi there! My Katie is also a 2-yr-old GSD, and she LOVES to dig in the yard! Rather than constantly correcting and re-directing her, I finally just gave her a section where she can dig to her heart's content. To keep it interesting, I sometimes bury a toy, treat, or one of her old bones so she is motivated to dig in her corner. There are other enriching things you can do for your dogs while they're outside. See http://www.k9techsupport.com/without_flash/Html/articles.html for articles on how to keep your dogs busy and how to create a place for them to dig, among other things. During hot weather, a child's wading pool is a welcome addition, even if your dogs aren't swimmers. Splashing around and keeping cool is a fun alternative to digging up the flower beds! Never yell or hit your dogs, and don't try to correct them for something you did not see them do. You may need to physically block off the areas they've been digging in, with chicken wire or by placing bricks in the holes. GL!
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