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I do understand how frustrating this can be and will give you a variety of things to try and hopefully we can get this under control to minimize risk of injury with escape.Ensure your dogs are getting a lot of exercise, including leash walks 30+ minutes and mental stimulation with puzzle toys. Your dog's energy must be burned off in one way or another so why not channel it into something positive? Channel your dogs' energy into something else including exercise to ensure they are too tired to dig.- Puzzle toys are available online or your local pet store but you can also use Kong toys when you have to leave them in the backyard. You can freeze peanut butter inside them, it takes hours to lick it out.- I know you have likely tried this but when you are not able to monitor them consider a pen in the yardProvide a negative experience while digging in this area-Blow up some balloons and bury them in the area your dogs likes to dig. When they strikes a balloon, the noise of it popping startles your dog. In some cases the negative association this produces is enough to stop your dog from digging in the future. And sort of funny to watch.- Put some of their feces in the holes they are creating so they associate this with the area and not positive fun experiences there- If needed barbless wire under the fencing if you are able very taught so if they do dig they cannot get under and be at riskLastly, try to find an area of the yard that it would be alright to dig. Either soft dirt or bring some sand in so that you can encourage digging in an area that is safe and allowed. I have had to do this with my little dog that loves digging and this alternative has been very helpful. I also bring her to a children's park where there is dirt/ sand and tell her to dig there and she goes crazy! It releases that need/ urge in an area that doesn't damage my yard but also encourage it hereBack to the digging allowed in an area of the yard: Section off an area with the best soil. Bury toys below the surface, but a few sticking out of the ground so he figures it out. It's like a TREASURE hunt for them. Most dogs will figue out that it is better to dig in the designated area because they are rewarded by you, they don't get yelled at anymore, and they find TREASURE :)I hope this information makes sense and gives you some ideas for your little ones. Please let me know how else I can assist you all today
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