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    Hi everyone!

    I am a newbie, and after posting in the intro threads I thought I may find someone who 'has the knowledge' and who may be able to point me in the right direction.

    My 18 month old BC is a perpetual wanderer. I don't know exactly when it started, but over the last 6 months he has definitely increased the occurrences and durations.

    He is desexed, and didn't exhibit this behavior as a pup. It has gotten to the point that he cannot be let off the run because he bolts as soon as your back is turned. While you are paying attention to him he stays home, stays with you, but if you stop paying attention (looking at him/talking to him) he disappears.

    He has started taking our 3 month old beagle puppy with him as well.

    Today he was let off to stretch his legs, I got distracted and he did the bolt with her. Didn't them until 5:45 this afternoon.

    He is perfectly behaved whilst on a short leash, or on a long leash, but as soon as he is off the leash he loses all respect for me and doesn't pay attention to any commands unless he feels like it.

    I have tried an electric/radio fence, and he would bolt through the perimeter and ignore the pulses. Our yard is fenced, but not to a standard that will keep him permanently in the yard. We are replacing the fencing, but the financial situation limits the amount we can do in any one time.

    What are my options? What would/did you do in my situation?

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    I live on a farm and I have 3 ACDs.
    I have never had the problem before except with this lot who will pack and go after cows, birds etc.
    As I am concerned about snakes and going on to neighbouring farms who have livestock I am also worried that they will be shot.

    Our solution was to build a huge pen, encompassing trees and a garden shed for their beds and food.

    All 3 are inside from about lunch time onwards. Only one is allowed outside at any time. I rotate the dog who is inside for the night and the other two are put in the pen on dusk with their bones. I have to use a lead on one of the dogs as he can see a butterfly and just take off and lead the other one away with him.

    My house can not be fenced off so this is the solution to our problem.



    The "airlock" that we close behind us so they can not get away before opening the inner gate.


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    Being let off just to stretch his legs is really not good enough for that breed who have high energy and exercise requirements.

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    Sorry, I didn't elaborate enough.

    He is jogged beside my bike for about an hour every morning, then let off during the day for a toilet break/leg stretch, then he comes for my horse rides in the afternoon, and then we walk about 5 k at night.

    He isn't let off just to stretch his legs. And he spends the night inside, isn't tied up over night.

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    That certainly gives more information, lol.
    They can be buggers, can't they.

    Sounds like he is getting great exercise.
    I had to start micro managing at times.
    Maybe you do too. Back on the run when you have to do something else.
    It can be a pain but worth the agro to keep them safe.

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    I hope I don't have to micromanage lol.

    I am getting sick of driving around our small town looking for my bl**dy dogs lol. Micromanaging would be better than getting them hit by a car or something, but I really dislike tying dogs up.

    Luckily I work at the local school so my work hours are suitable for his exercise regime lol. Sometimes I wonder how he can still walk/run/bounce at the end of the day! I know I am exhausted by the end of it!

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    I am exhausted reading about what you do, lol.
    Can you look at it from another angle?
    What can you do with the beagle pup when the BC is let off for a stretch?

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    I have a little Houdini as well. My little Jack Russell would bolt at any oppotunity he could.
    We could take him for a 10 our run, and he's still dig a hole/climb over a fence, and be gone.
    I couldn't explain why, just had to manage it the same way Di has.
    Usually my answer to every issue is 'is the dog having enough exercise', but yours is, so I have no answer
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    I am sorry but I really hate dogs being keeped on chains inb any manner. I think chained dogs run when off due to being so confined by a chain most of the time. And a chained dog must be a little on the nose when brought in wouldn't he as they **** where they live something no dog with a choise will do. Our work dogs when we had them where in pens of a night as I am so against chaining.

    I would built him a run & work on his general obedaince for awhile. But don't leave him in the run too much either.

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    CD, I chain Lady up while im at work.
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