The digging in the dirt issue
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The Digging in the Dirt Issue

Tip of the Month: How spring gardening may lead to your dog digging and how to prevent it
Additional Weblog Articles: If your dog digs holes | Is your dog burying a bone or other objects? | Soil amendments for our Colorado farm
Calendar and Group Class Schedules: Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton & Castle Rock/Sedalia | Upcoming events at The Light of Dog Farm
You'd think we love to dig holes as much as the dogs do, with all the work that goes on with the farm, but seriously, we don't.  It sure can be fun to watch our dogs dig holes, an activity we don't generally discourage because we know how much they enjoy it.  Besides, we figure it can't hurt to keep them in great digging shape in case we need something buried - er, planted - in a hurry! Please send your favorite pics to us. Or post to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #dogsdigging and be sure to tag @thelightofdog so we can come check it out! 

How spring gardening may lead to your dog digging and how to prevent it

While we generally encourage you to include your dogs in your activities as much as possible, spring planting or gardening might not be a good group activity because it can lead to your dog digging.

If you are doing some spring planting, it might seem like a no-brainer to have your dog with you so he can enjoy the outdoors at the same time. However, this particular activity might backfire on you. Let me share a story about a client with a Goldendoodle. This was an adolescent Goldendoodle who loved to be with her family and participate in the family activities. A very nice dog, who was doing well with her training.

One day, this family had several large trees brought in to be planted in their back yard. These were good sized trees, maybe 8-10 feet tall. While they were planting them, of course, they had their dog in the back yard to play and hang out with them.

With the trees planted, they left the dog in the back yard to continue her enjoyment of the fresh air while they left to run a few errands. A couple of hours later, they returned. They discovered, in that time, that their dog had dug up each and every one of those freshly planted trees.

They were not happy, to say the least. When they shared the story with me, I could understand their dismay. However, I was also quite impressed with the dog’s ambition!

While their intentions were good – they loved to have their dog participate in as many family activities as possible – the result this time was not so pleasant. The dog had enjoyed being part of the activity. So much, in fact, that she continued with the planting activities while they were gone.

The lesson here, is that if you plan to have your dog participate in the spring gardening, just keep in mind that their idea of helping might not be the same as yours!

Additional Related Articles

If your dog digs holes
Is your dog burying a bone or other objects?


Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton Area
  • Puppy Preschool:  open enrollment on Sundays and Wednesdays
  • Puppy Recess:  most Sundays noon to 1 pm
  • Basic Training:  new classes start Sunday 5/10 & Wednesday 5/6
  • Juvenile Delinquents:  new classes start Sunday 5/17 & Thursday 5/7
  • Rally for Fun: new class starts Thursday 4/9
  • Polite Pooches in Public: new class starts Sunday 4/26
  • Fun & Games Class: new class starts Sunday 4/26
  • The Nose Knows: new class starts Thursday 5/28
  • Canine Good Citizen Class & Test: new class starts Sunday 6/21
  • Agility for Fun: new class starts Sunday 6/21
Upcoming Classes in Castle Rock/Sedalia
  • Basic Training: class just started Saturday 3/28; next class starts Monday 6/8
  • Juvenile Delinquents: new class starts Monday 6/8
Please note: We are also hoping to get new Feisty Fido and Distracted Dogs Classes going this summer. If you are interested in either class, please contact us to get on a waitlist. As soon as we have enough interest, we will schedule each class. 

Upcoming Events at The Light of Dog Farm
  • Client Appreciation Day – Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Invite only for select repeat clients (check your email for invite):
    • Bring your dog (and kids) for a walk around the farm (only dogs who are friendly toward strangers and other dogs, please).
    • Walk up the hill for great views of the West Plum Creek Valley and the Singu Ranch.
    • Relax on Romeo’s Bench, Zuzu’s Bench or the Sunset stump.
    • Visit with the chickens and Rooster (they will remain in their pen for the day and not free-range).
    • Sue will be available to answer any training questions.
    • Free samples of our Peak Power Dog Treats and fresh eggs from our chickens, while supplies last.
    • The Light of Dog Farm parking instructions are on the map at this link.
  • Is feeding raw dog food right for me? Seminar at The Light of Dog Farm – Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Click here for registration information.
  • Is feeding raw dog food right for me? Seminar at The Light of Dog Farm – Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Click here for registration information.

Click here for our complete group class & events schedule with available spaces

The “Kids”

Zuzu (Greyhound) and Romeo (Vizsla): Social directors, personal trainers, and chief protectors from the bunny invaders. 

Wife & Husband

Sue Brown, behavior consultant, dog trainer and writer extraordinaire and Ed Soehnel, product and farm manager grunt.
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