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Old 10-31-2007, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default Help! Dog digging bed!

i have an 8month old Australian Shep/Husky, recently spayed.
she is really well behaved.
EXCEPT,

During the day, when i am at work she remains in the bedroom.
I leave her with plenty of toys and treats.

i come home at lunch and take to out for washroom break, and eat lunch with her before i return to work.
when i get back from work i take her to the dog park for at least an hour, after that she is out for the night.

here is the problem.
I make the bed in the morning and when i come home the bed is completely undone. i KNOW she is 'digging' on the bed.
because of this 'digging' she has Ripped 3 sheets!
what can i do to stop this behavior???

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Old 10-31-2007, 10:40 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum. I suggest you crate her when you're away if you can't leave her in a room where she can't do any damage. If you lock her out of the bedroom, she's likely to start destruction elsewhere.

This thread might also help you:

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Sorry to say; it's impossible to break a bad habit if you aren't there when it happens. If she wasn't tearing up the bed she'd be into something else.

Your best bet is to find a way to confine her to an area where she can't get into things she's not supposed to. A crate will help and so would an exercise pen, if you have the room to set one up on an indestructible floor space.

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I agree with the above threads, crate training is a great way to give you peace of mind when oyur away because you know your pooch will be at home safe in her crate and not distroying the place.
Also you must understand that Australian Shep/Huskies are both working dogs, huskies are bred to run for hours, if you make sure that your dogs gets really tired out during excercise(perhaps biking or rollarblading)she may behave better.
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All the above is good advice. I will also add that you might consider making a "safe room." it's usually a utlity room that has been puppy proofed so she can't get herself into troubles. All the options are good ones though (crate, expen, safe room). Right now, my little pup is in an expen. it works great if they can't scale the sides.
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Thanks for the quick Responses!
I do have a crate, and i used it for training and then gradually expanded the area, bathroom, larger bathroom and now bedroom.

i got her at five weeks old (a rescue)
and id rather not use a crate.
i know it may be my only option but she doesnt get into anything else.
i haven't lost a single pair of shoes, socks, just the bedsheets that she is ripping from when she 'digs'
i've added her pillow on the bed to help stop..

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i have an 8month old Australian Shep/Husky, recently spayed.
she is really well behaved.
EXCEPT,

During the day, when i am at work she remains in the bedroom.
I leave her with plenty of toys and treats.

i come home at lunch and take to out for washroom break, and eat lunch with her before i return to work.
when i get back from work i take her to the dog park for at least an hour, after that she is out for the night.

here is the problem.
I make the bed in the morning and when i come home the bed is completely undone. i KNOW she is 'digging' on the bed.
because of this 'digging' she has Ripped 3 sheets!
what can i do to stop this behavior???
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She is making a nest to sleep on. She like her comfort.

My female dog, Jenna, does this too but we give her cheap comforters to sleep on, she loves to " dig " around in them and get them to the perfect shape and then she plops herself down and sleeps in the middle of them.

You can not discourage the digging because you are not home to do it. You may want to reconsider where you are keeping her during the day. Move her to a room that has not bed or furniture she can jump upon and invest in some cheap conforters ( I paid 14.96 for the ones I bought ) and leave them for her bed.

Or use a crate/kennel as suggested above.

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I have two of those crate fences for puppies to exercise in till they learn to follow. That may be the trick as a crate she should only be left in not more than 4 hours. Even though she gets a small break, crating too long makes dogs sometimes worse with anxiety. If you had a mud room, closed in small porch to puppy prof, just leave toys n water, she would be safe also inside. I would not yet try a kitchen for the table legs would get chewed. Some pups do not like to be left alone so young. The Best to you and let us know if any helped u.
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I agree with all the posts about crating or providing your dog with an area where she be comfortable without being able to destroy your bed and sheets.

What your seeing is an instictual desire to nest. Being part Husky their instict is to dig a warm nesting area in the snow to sleep so this is something that will not be easy to break her of. I've know people with Husky mixes that have destroyed a couch and other household items because they hate being left alone. The only way they could keep their house in one piece was to crate their dog.

As an Aussie owner I can attest to their high energy and desire to find ways to entertain themselves. So I'd definitely invest in either a crate or one of those ex-pens to confine your dog to. You might also look into a pet sitter to come by in the afternoon to give your dog a break during the middle of the day.

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A puppy safe room or crating while gone is a must. I also wonder if your dog might be bored or have excesive energy. Both huskies and Aussies are very high energy/high drive dogs. They will become destructive if not given enough to do. If possible make your daily jog part of your moring routine. Have some treats, like a frozen Kong or Buster Cube, to provide some entertainment for when you are gone.

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