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AlohaHoya
Mar 15, 2011 5:52 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Not a real barrier...but a deterrent from digging in pots....

Thelma (about 100# mostly lab garbage gut) is digging in my pots where I have mixed fish meal. As it is disbursed midst compost, dirt etc. she hasn't chowed down...but keeps digging in the big pot and emptying it each time.... I sweep up the precious soil and put it back in....and she goes in it again. I cannot sit there 24/7 to jump out and say NO...

Do mothballs work? Anything to stop her? I want to plant the pots (they are roughly 15gal pots) with beans and squash but I can't until she leaves them alone....

HELP.... Sad
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careyana
Mar 15, 2011 9:58 PM CST
Name: Carey
Austin, TX
I've heard a hot pepper spray is a deterrent on plants, but unsure about soil. It looks like DH and I are going to have to put chicken wire around our raised veggie beds. The dogs think they're big dirt playgrounds.
AlohaHoya
Mar 15, 2011 10:42 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I may have to make a physical barrier....I thought about a piece of wood and a rock weight....but then she has been known to move a 70lb boulder from under a fence. I wonder about Black Pepper?
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ImageLance
Mar 16, 2011 8:14 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
You could try spiky type things on top of the potting soil, as long as they are not harmful. Hot pepper, bitter apple, and other taste and smell deterrents can have variable success. Restricting access to the pots may be the easiest method, however.
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AlohaHoya
Mar 16, 2011 11:20 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Thanks...will try some smell deterrents....?
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ImageLiz
Mar 17, 2011 7:55 AM CST
Name: Liz
SF Bay Area, California
Would you consider using a different type of fertilizer? She's most likely attracted by the fish meal. There's something about a lot of the organic fertilizers that is attractive to dogs. Out of the three dogs I've had (2 current and 1 past), none of them have ever been the sort to dig in the garden or in pots under normal circumstances, but the second I used any organic fertilizer (blood/bone meal mix in one case, and Dynamite organic fertilizer pellets in the other), my old dog and one of my current dogs would both go nuts and would not leave the pots or that area of the garden bed alone.

If switching fertilizer isn't an option for you, another couple methods you could try would be putting bird netting or chicken wire across the top of the soil in the pots. I've used both those materials to stop squirrels from digging in my pots. I'm not sure if the bird netting would stand up to the dog if she's really determined, but the chicken wire should work.
ImageLance
Mar 17, 2011 8:40 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Good thoughts, Liz, thanks for sharing.
For deterrents, you can check out some of what is available online from the larger internet stores, such as Pet Smart, Foster and Smith or PetFoodDirect. These places may also have ready made barriers. I don't know what type of set up you have, so I am not sure what type of barrier system may work. I have my veggie garden surrounded by a cattle fence to keep my 2 out, which works fine. If you are handy, you may be able to make some panels out of wooden frames and wire mesh such as chicken wire, and connect those together around the pots. Here is an interesting thought - put the pots inside a wire dog crate, and let the plants grow right through. These cages can keep dogs in as well as out. You might be able to make your own 'pot houses' out of concrete reinforcement wire or similar.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=330...
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2754400
Finally, doing obedience training typically will help your dog listen better to you in all aspects of life. Some dogs will never get over their desire to sneak in whatever they can find, but most will learn to respect limits placed on them.
The Vizsla I had was a continuous challenge. He would always try to figure out a way to get through any barriers or deterrents I had, and was smart and determined enough he typically did. It did give me some interesting challenges to figure out, though, so it kept my mind nimble.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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AlohaHoya
Mar 17, 2011 10:36 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
So far...24 hours later...so good. We had a talk, Thelma and I did, and she definitely got the message. Won't go near the pots if I'm around!!! I am thinking about making 'tops' out of chicken wire and letting the plants grow thru them out to the trellis.!!!
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ImageLance
Mar 17, 2011 11:11 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Sounds good, I hope it works out for you both. Keep us posted.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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