Posted by Anne on June 18, 2003 at 07:12:14:
In Reply to: dogs and my gardens posted by Kimberly Griffith on June 17, 2003 at 17:41:04:
I'm with Newt, what do you mean by "everything"? I actually work with a couple of dog rescues and we get this question all of the time. I think that Mike and Newt both had good suggestions, but I have a few more to add. You can try placing snappy trainers in the garden, you can pick them up at most pet stores and they are inexpensive. They are like mouse traps but won't injure the dog and they will startle the dog precisely when the bad behavior is occuring. You need to continually move them around the garden though so the dog doesn't know where they are (do this when the dog is inside and can't see you). If you haven't fenced in the garden, and you don't want to, try laying a very visible white rope on the ground around the area that is off limits. Then walk your dog around the yard on it's leash and give a gentle tug and "no" any time the dog steps over the rope. It may be a few days before you can let the dog off leash in the yard. When the dog is off leash and steps over the rope call them back *DO NOT* punish the dog but run through sit and stay or anything else that you can do to distract the dog and then reward the dog for the good behavior. The dog will learn that there are better things in the yard and if he stays out there may be a treat involved. I would suggest using a couple of things all at once, i.e. snappy trainers and rope. I hope some of this helps. Remember to always use positive reinforce and never call your dog for punishment. Good luck.