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    Hi Everyone,
    Hoping to hear your thoughts and opinions and get some advice on some troubles we are having with our Lab.

    Our almost 11 month old Lab puppy has decided that she loves escaping! This has became a new habit in the last month. We live on an acre, we have chicken wire around the yard, however she chews and digs and always finds her way out, we have tried to fix all the escape routes also with help from out neighbour, however because the yard is so big she always find a new way.

    We had one neighbour advise us that pepper had jumped all over their daughter whilst she was waiting for the school bus, the little girl is petrified of dogs and ran to her mum crying and her clothes were all muddy and wet from peppers paws. That afternoon when coming home from work we had a complaint from the neighbour across the road that Pepper had gotten into their yard and jumped on their little boy who knocked his head and has a large egg on his head. The next door neighbour who has been really good with the whole situation advised us that another woman in the estate was unhappy as Pepper had ran through her house as she had left the front door open.

    This morning we had a call from our neighbours who live behind (who also are mum and dad of the little girl who was jumped on whilst waiting for the bus) Pepper has stunned or killed (they are not sure yet) one of their chooks last night!

    We have tried fixing the area numerous times, we have had to resort to tying her up to the tree with a really long lead so that she can still run around and reach shelter and also have her water, but I still feel so cruel, she is a puppy she deserves to be running around and it is not her fault that our fence is now not adequate enough to keep her in.. I just think to myself someone else would give her a better life then me

    I understand she is young and this is what puppies do, but I am not sure how I can fix the problem (instead of tying her up) as I feel this is not fair on her.

    We walk her everyday and she has tons of toys and gets lots of attention each and every day, I thought maybe she is bored but we are always with her doing something.

    Any ideas, advice or any opinions on the whole 'tying her up' would be appreciated.

    my family more see her as a 'dog' and she'll be right, where as i want the best for her and for her to be happy and living the best puppy life possible.

    Thanks in advance

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    Hey peppersmummy!

    Can I ask - is Pepper desexed?
    I know of a lab named Willis who had the same problem, after he was neutered though it seemed to stop almost instantly
    Why, I couldn't tell you but after looking into it apparently it's not uncommon

    Is it possible there is something that is scaring pepper? Or has separation anxiety?

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    Does she only do it when you aren't home or doesn't it matter?

    Bella was a chronic escapee as well, luckily non of our neighbors minded too much. We ended up building a dog pen and keeping her in that while we weren't home and then keeping an eye on her while we were. We also had to replace one side of our boundary fence to the highest dog mesh they make as this was how she was getting out.

    Eventually she got over it and we stopped using the run and she hasn't escaped since.

    I would recommend a dog pen over chaining her to a tree. My friends tied there dog to a post thinking she would have enough rope to do what she needed and she ended up dying a couple of days later because she wound herself around the pole and could not get to water on a really hot day while they were at work.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubberlegs View Post
    Hey peppersmummy!

    Can I ask - is Pepper desexed?
    I know of a lab named Willis who had the same problem, after he was neutered though it seemed to stop almost instantly
    Why, I couldn't tell you but after looking into it apparently it's not uncommon

    Is it possible there is something that is scaring pepper? Or has separation anxiety?

    Yes Pepper was desexed about 2 months ago.

    She was first doing it when I left for work so I think it may of been a bit of separation anxiety, but now she just does it randomly. She knows she can get out so she just runs free lol.

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    I agree with the dog run for the times you aren't home.
    Chicken wire won't contain a bored, determined dog who has had a taste of freedom.

    Is he allowed indoors when you are home?
    Last edited by grevillea47; 08-27-2013 at 10:22 AM.

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    that's for sure!!! she is determined and she will do whatever she wants ... when we are home my parents don't like her inside but I sometimes sneakily bring her in, she is too much of a puppy and still not fully trained, she runs a muck in the house. we need more control over her

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    Hi peppersmummy. It sounds to me that some more training could make a bit of a difference here. It also may make your parents more inclined to let her into the house. I'm personally not a fan of outside only dogs. There are lots of advantages to having them inside when you are home so you can keep an eye on them and do training while you go about doing your everyday stuff. I'm not saying training alone and letting her inside will fix the problem with escaping. It probably won't. But it will help to prevent other problems and may also prevent complaints from neighbours.

    My dog was a shocker for jumping onto kids when she was young. She still jumps all over visitors at times (unless I get to the spray bottle fast enough - that's the only thing that stops her), but I managed to mostly train her out of jumping on kids. She still occasionally headbutts one, but she's much, much better, even when I'm not right next to her.

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    Electric fencing. Strong one, don't use the white tape or string use wire like they do for cattle. Couple of good knocks and she'll stop doing it.

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    Thanks Nekhbet.

    That's another issue... We currently live on our parents property and my partner and myself are moving into a rental next Thursday, so the escaping shouldn't be a problem for much longer however my concern is she is used to having an acre to run around on and when we move the rental obviously has a much smaller backyard. she has enough room to run around but it is no where near as big as the acre. Luckily the fences are secure and there isn't much she can get into LOL!

    any tips or advice on this issue

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    The dog will be fine, just provide it with it's own toys and plenty of attention

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