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It's me again .I feel like I am asking too many questions but I don't know who else to ask.Millie is doing perfectly in her litter box .We are using pine pellets and we are loving them. The only problem is she digs in the box and shoots pellets everywhere. This is getting quite annoying very quickly. Are there any ways to train a dog not to dig?
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You can ask as many questions as you like!

you might consider getting her a sand pit (baby kitty swimming pool full of sand), and teach there to dig there, not in her litter box.

digging to some dogs is like crack, really hard to train them not to, b/c it's so so re-inforcing for them, and worth any negative correction they might get.
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Can you use a pee pad in liter box instead of the pellets? You can tape it down for awhile if she digs. That's what I used.





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Can you use a pee pad in liter box instead of the pellets? You can tape it down for awhile if she digs. That's what I used.
We tried a pee pad first. She scratches at it until she can grab on to it with her teeth and then tears it up. She has a major obsession with paper. She can smell it from across the room.
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We tried a pee pad first. She scratches at it until she can grab on to it with her teeth and then tears it up. She has a major obsession with paper. She can smell it from across the room.
I would try putting the Rascal Dog grate over the litter every time she digs. If you can be consistent about it, she MIGHT learn. But as someone else said, digging is a very self-reinforcing activity. You may find that it's easier just to keep the grate over the litter so she can't get at it.


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The only problem about that is she refuses to pee on the grate. I wanted to use the grate but she really didn't like it. Her breeder used wood shavings in her litter box and I think that's why she's doing so well with the pellets. I've just been watching her closely in her ex pen and take her out of the box when she goes in there just to dig. I'm also stuffing Kong's because I think she might be digging out of boredom because when she is busy with her toys she will just stop playing to pee and then go right back to playing.
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Can you put poster board up along side of e pens in the area of liter box? That way at least the pellets aren't shooting all over the room but contained within the xpen.





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The only problem about that is she refuses to pee on the grate. I wanted to use the grate but she really didn't like it. Her breeder used wood shavings in her litter box and I think that's why she's doing so well with the pellets. I've just been watching her closely in her ex pen and take her out of the box when she goes in there just to dig. I'm also stuffing Kong's because I think she might be digging out of boredom because when she is busy with her toys she will just stop playing to pee and then go right back to playing.
I didn't mean to KEEP the grate on, just put it on to stop her from digging, then when she stops, you can take it off again. If you are consistent (which, I know is hard with something like this!!!) it may discourage her.

If you find you need to KEEP the grate, you could start with pellets on top of the grate, first with it completely covered, then slowly removing the pellets a little at a time (probably as she gets them wet!!!!) until the grate is fully exposed. By then, she'd probably be used to the feel under her feet.


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Can you put poster board up along side of e pens in the area of liter box? That way at least the pellets aren't shooting all over the room but contained within the xpen.
That is a good idea!
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I didn't mean to KEEP the grate on, just put it on to stop her from digging, then when she stops, you can take it off again. If you are consistent (which, I know is hard with something like this!!!) it may discourage her.

If you find you need to KEEP the grate, you could start with pellets on top of the grate, first with it completely covered, then slowly removing the pellets a little at a time (probably as she gets them wet!!!!) until the grate is fully exposed. By then, she'd probably be used to the feel under her feet.
That is a good idea also! I love the pellets because she goes on them. I find the pellets less gross then the grate for cleaning up but more messy because she kicks them everywhere. I haven't decided what I want in the long run but this is a very good tip if she keeps up the digging and I want to change to the grate.
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