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My 8 yr old Female Dog has just started digging holes, she recently had
Pyometra surgery, that is her womb and uterus removed, And i was wondering
if this had anything to do with this.

I doubt the surgery (or even its hormonal influence) is a major factor here.  Please tell me about your outdoor environment.

1.  Where has she begun to dig: exactly
2.  What is the wildlife population in your area at this time of year
3.  Have you noticed any burrowing or attempt at burrowing around the foundation of your house
4.  Is she exhibiting ANY other behavior that is totally unusual for her?

Pyometra is a potentially life ending event.  Congratulations for having discovered her condition!  While she is experiencing major hormonal changes (and hopefully is receiving some medication to alleviate surgical pain), it is more likely she is "scenting" and digging after whatever she "scents" (or even "hears", which you cannot hear.

5.  What breed of dog is this or closest hybrid mix you can determine?

Please USE FOLLOWUP FEATURE to answer these questions ASAP since we want to intervene here quickly in order to stop this from becoming a serious problem (sink holes on your lawn LOLOL)

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Jill Connor, Ph.D.


I have spent my entire professional life rehabilitating the behavior of the domestic dog and I can answer any question regarding any behavior problem in any breed dog. I have answered more than 5,000 QUESTIONS on this site in the past (almost) eight years. If you are a caring, committed owner and need advice, I'm here for you. I am personally acquainted with my colleagues (Turid Rugaas, Ian Dunbar, etc.) who were members of an elite group in EGroups that I founded: K9Shrinks. THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES for serious behavioral issues; not only is it unprofessional to offer same, it is also unethical. IF I ASK YOU SUBSEQUENT QUESTIONS, I NEED YOU TO INTERACT WITH ME. More information equals more credible answers and a more successful outcome. If you want ANSWERS THAT WORK, participate in any way I request. I'm quite committed to working on this site for YOUR benefit and the benefit of YOUR DOG. Help me in any way you can.


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