My little dog is the social butterfly of the neighborhood and has made friends with everyone's dogs. I don't want him leaving the yard, but he takes off soon as I let him out to go to the bathroom. Often I have to start the car to pretend that I'm going somewhere to get him to come, because he loves car rides. I've read about the invisible fencing, but it is so expensive. Any suggestion outside of tying him up to keep him in the yard?
There's really no option except to keep him on a leash. You don't want to risk him getting hit by a car or getting lost. At least a little dog is easier to contain and requires less room to exercise. You can put him on a long wire cable when he's outside. I mean the kind you buy that attaches to the heavy duty screw in type of anchor that goes into the ground. They can't get twisted or tangled. I keep one for my rescues. I belong to a group, www.freecycle.com where people give away and request stuff. Maybe someone call donate a small kennel. You can sign up for your particular area. (02/05/2005)
I have a clothesline tied to a post with a leash tied on the other end. I keep the leash close to the door so when I let my dog out it has plenty of room to roam, but it's not long enough to get in the road or neighbors' yards (02/05/2005)
How is he getting out of your yard. Fencing is a must, if he nips anyone you are responsible. My little dog was a Houdini dog, always escaping. I walked the entire fence perimeter to see how he was getting out, and put bricks or 2 x 4's anywhere the ground under the fence had a little gap. (02/05/2005)
We had neighbors who thought it was not a big deal to allow their dog to run loose. It was a friendly and gentle dog, but that wasn't the issue. Everyone else in the area controlled their dogs on their own property. Their dog would get into trash cans, find dead animals and feed on them, constant barking, etc.
The dog always had some type of worm ailment or other health issues. I for one did not want that dog defecating on my property to spread its health problems to my dogs. You don't know what your dog can get into besides the chance of getting hit by a car. It was not fair to anyone in our area to have the dog roaming about our neighborhood.
Eventually, it caused a big problem by constantly chasing a neighbor's pet cats on their property and one of the cats broke its foot by trying to escape this dog. The dog owners were warned. Finally, they got a hefty $200 fine. They learned an expensive lesson so the dog now is confined to its' own property, the way it should always been from the beginning. It is an owner's responsibility to protect your dog by keeping it on your own property.
It is good to put up flags around the property line and walk your dog each day so that they learn their territory. Firmly tug and say no when your dog wants to walk outside the property lines. (06/08/2006)
Well, If you don't want him running out its really quite simple. Watch him really closely. Sometimes the problem is you. He needs proper training. I would suggest an electric collar with a remote that buzzes them when they're bad. If that doesn't work then i have no answers. (08/27/2006)
There is a bit of help. A little bit of hope. We have now found that if our dog is clipped to a lead that has a length of poly pipe (like in home garden irrigation) fixed to the end of it, he gets stuck if he tries to escape. He can squeeze under, through, or jump, but the pipe acts like an anchor.
We only use this while someone is outside so he can't get stuck for hours without water etc., but at least he can run while we wash the car, hang out washing, do gardening, etc. It caught him once when he went through a fence, and that was it, he realised what was going on.
We have just used an ordinary woven lead, but of a distinctive colour (red). I know dogs are colour blind but they can see shades. He knows he can't get away with it on. The poly pipe is only about 2 1/2 foot long, two lengths so they form an "x". He won't choke because of the length of the lead, but if he tries to wander he can only get a few foot past the fence. A friend told us how he stopped his GSP (German Shorthaired Pointer) jumping the fence by attaching poly pipe to his collar. Every time the dog tried to jump it felt something hit his chest, and thought he had hit the fence.
Hope it helps, even if it is only for supervised runs. We still chain him when he is unattended.
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