I have 2 Labs, brother and sister who are 6 years old and a 4 year old female Dachshund. Over the summer I had noticed a few spots where one of them had dug a small hole in the lawn but today when I went to scoop up the poop there were probably close to a hundred if not more holes. I know for a fact that the little one and the male have been digging but not sure about the female Lab. Do I have any options other than fill in the holes everyday?
are they left out alone?
cause that may be the problem,.
and i know for a fact, doxies are burrow hounds.
All 3 are outside together and rarely is no one home.
but is someone outside watching them?
i had dogs that ate the aluminum siding (yes, more than once) every time i went inside.
One of our team members had an issue like this and she spent some time filling in the holes until it became just too much of an effort.
Not a good plan to leave dogs out unsupervised all day. There is more to worry about than escape, as you have learned. Digging holes is the least of your concern. I'd be most worried about them eating something that causes an obstruction, or poison.
You asked for other options: my suggestion would be to have them crated indoors when you can't watch them. You say it's rare that noone is home, so is there any reason that they can't stay inside with the person who is home? Why are they banned to the yard all by themselves?
Most dogs, even if they have each other to play with, will get bored being left outside all day without their person. They miss human contact, and find other ways to amuse themselves. I can only imagine what kind of trouble my dog would get into if I left him outside unsupervised.
If you aren't willing to crate, then maybe try giving them more exercise before leaving them alone outside, so they're more inclined to just relax. Or, can you hire a dog walker to come take them for a walk, or send them to doggie daycare sometimes?
dogs ouside alone become like juvenile delinquents. they do whatever they want even if it 's normally not allowed.