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Thread: Buddy Got Out Today!!!

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    Default Buddy Got Out Today!!!

    I've just joined this forum and have raved on about how good Buddy was.. I came home today to find that he broke through the cat door on the back door (it was shut!), broke two fences and went walk about.. he is now at the council in Marrickville ready for me to pick him up!

    He has given me a heart attack, I am happy that he is safe, but I am sad that he had to do something like that to try and find his owners! I also have no idea how to stop this from happening again, I tried doing the right thing by keeping him inside (yesterday he had run of the house and yard but broke the neighbours fence) so this time I kept him inside but within an hour had broken through the back door and out onto the street!!

    I miss Buddy

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    Did he miss a walk maybe?
    It seems strange that he is usually so good and one day he just 'breaks out'.

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    I would be contacting Mina and asking whether he had these issues before - whether perhaps this is why he was rehomed?

    If they are set in issues the problem will be difficult to fix - in fact all you may be able to do is modify the behaviour - not fix it.

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    Nope he didn't miss a walk, he has an hour morning walk/run and even more in the evening and night. He's only been fine since we got him on saturday because someone has been home most of the time!

    He broke into the neighbours fence the day before but got back inside the house and was OK. But today I was gone for most of the day and I shut the cat door so he couldn't get out and he ripped it off (wasn't hard - flimsy plastic!)

    I had asked Mina his background and she couldn't tell me anything as the owner never collected him from the pound! Nobody even knows how old he is or what his real name was as he didn't have a microchip and / or tag on his collar...

    I'm presuming this is normal behaviour for him, although how to fix it in the short term I am unsure. I will be investing in some training from now on.. and a new back door so no more escapades!!!

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    I'm presuming he's desexed... But if he has only been done recently he can still be subject to hormones for up to about 6 months.

    Just an idea, but it is breeding time. If you have a neighbour with a bitch in season he may have had some lingering lustful thoughts... They can smell a girl from an amazing distance.

    I hope he stays in from now on, and gives you a chance to recover!! It's so frustrating when they are escaping!! You just wish you could explain how important it is to stay home!

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    Sigh - most rescue places wont rehome dogs that are escape artists and for good reason.

    You don't need dog obedience, your need a qualified behaviourist. This is not a simple matter and wont be a quick fix. If you're willing to stick it out it will be worth contacting a behaviourist

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    Do you guys think that maybe once he gets used to his new place and feel comfortable he might get better?

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    Not without help by the sounds of it

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    Well Buddy is now home safe! And yep he was desexed only about a month ago so yes perhaps this has something to do with his hormones!
    I am looking into perhaps training / behaviourist as this seems to be something that he definately needs. I feel sorry for the poor guy as he's been booted around a fair bit and I just want to give him a loving home!
    I'm sure that after some time he will settle once he realises that this will be his home forever.
    I have found a lady in my area who has a dog in the same situation she is thinking that perhaps that they could both hang out during the day to give each other company. Would this be a good idea do you think?

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