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Old 09-19-2011, 07:07 PM
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My dog is ripping up my grass, HELP!

Hi- My dog Charlie who is 2 is now ripping up chunks of my grass and wanting to eat it. I'll tell him "NO", and he'll run around and try to rip up more. I'm really getting tired of what it's doing to my yard, and even more I"m tired of shoving my hand in his mouth to get the hunks of dirt/grass out Any idea as to how to stop this naughty behavior? Thank you so much!
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He probably thinks this is a fun game as you say he is running around and trying to rip up more.
Is there a way you can keep him off that grass area for a while, and then teach him some other kind of game (somewhere else) that involves giving him treats and you two having lots of fun?
Then, the first time you take him back on that grass, start the new game you taught him (and keep him distracted from the grass by playing the game, and treating him a lot for playing).
Another helpful thing would be to teach him "leave it" (whenever he is about to pick up anything you don't want him to pick up) and "drop it" (whenever you want him to drop something he has picked up).
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:32 PM
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I'd be interested in the solution to this problem. I have a dog that can rip up grass but it is only when I walk out to the dog yard. He grabs his Jolly Ball, runs to a spot and starts ripping up grass beside the ball. I ignore him and walk to the training building and he will stop immediately to see what in the world could be more important than him. My one blessing is that I have an acre dog yard and my dogs can't access my garden beds!
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My puppy is 15 weeks and does this too. So frustrating!! And, it can't be good for him. He would eat his weight in grass/dirt, if I didn't stop him. In his case, it's not a game. We don't chase him. We redirect and play. He definitely find t scrumptious...he'll take it over treats sometimes! Aggh!!
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He probably thinks this is a fun game as you say he is running around and trying to rip up more.
Is there a way you can keep him off that grass area for a while, and then teach him some other kind of game (somewhere else) that involves giving him treats and you two having lots of fun?
Then, the first time you take him back on that grass, start the new game you taught him (and keep him distracted from the grass by playing the game, and treating him a lot for playing).
Another helpful thing would be to teach him "leave it" (whenever he is about to pick up anything you don't want him to pick up) and "drop it" (whenever you want him to drop something he has picked up).
The problem is I take him out to go to the bathroom and then he will then get naughty and rip up the grass. I have a big yard so it is impossible for me to take him some where else. I will definitely try the treats and leave it drop it. Thank you!
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Unfortunately Harley has been doing this since he was 8 weeks old (he's now 2 yrs 4 mths!) and he's still doing it! Haven't found a way to stop it myself, I've basically given up on nice grass :-)
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Unfortunately Harley has been doing this since he was 8 weeks old (he's now 2 yrs 4 mths!) and he's still doing it! Haven't found a way to stop it myself, I've basically given up on nice grass :-)
Oh, sorry for your pain, but I"m glad to hear it's not only my Charlie!!
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What has worked for me is I have our 6 mo golden on a 30ft lead she drags around the yard. When she starts to rip up the grass, I grab the lead and give a corrective pop on the pinch collar with a firm "wrong" command. Once she starts playing ball again or doing appropriate stuff i praise her. I also do this to save the lilac bushes.
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Molly was a bit of a digger, we didn't do too much about it at first because she kept the the same few spots and as a little puppy she didn't really know what "no" meant. Now that she's older and knows what "no" means we tell her no when she starts to dig, but you need to be there watching and give the correction the second that paw goes to dig. If she continues then she gets time out and has to come indoors for a few minutes. The minute she tries to dig again same thing, a firm "no", if she tries again then back indoors. We repeated that a few times and she got the hang of it very quickly. She loves being outside so being brought inside didn't make her very happy and she quickly learned that soon as she digs she loses her freedom to the garden. Now a few weeks on she's tried to dig maybe once or twice, a quick repeat of the lesson and she stopped. You have to supervise closely in the beginning and still be watching weeks later to nip it in the bud if your dog has a relapse. It worked for Molly, not sure if it will work for others.
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My almost 6 month old pup rips out and eats the grass too! We can't even play with her outside because she just wants to eat everything! It get so frustrating! I can't believe I am saying this but I can't wait until it snows!
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