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    gotten out that is. Came home from Bunnings - chasing up baby gates to block off the kids bedroom area as 6 dogs making themselves at home on beds and steeling kids things from the floor is more easily controlled by a baby gate than trying to train dogs to stay out of rooms that kids often smuggle them into or getting kids to pick their crap of the floor every day.

    Anyway I digress. There she was, you know who, sitting on the front porch absolutely buggered.

    And while I shouldn't of done this, I just left her there and went inside and erected the baby gate, I was so angry. How she got out I don't know, she has been swimming again. Something must be touching the electric fence and it's not working.

    She does this every so often but we thought we'd rectified all the low points in the fence.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad she's in one piece, I'm glad the Whippets never feel inclined to follow her, I'm thankful she's a friendly dog and likes other animals/stock, I'm glad the end of the street is a cul-de-sac. But I still can't look at her without wanting to strangle her.

    So guess what we're doing this long weekend.....yep you guessed it more fencing, yippee can't wait.

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    Just thought I'd best post again to say that I've calmed down, given Gemma a big hug, thru teary eyes as I always worry that she might come across a snake out in the bush or the wrong dog or a car, though she's one of the few dogs I've known that is kind of car savvy, but....

    She tends to do this (go wandering) when hubby has been caught up with work and can't give her the attention she wants. As I've said she's not my dog, she's his and nobody can completely replace him I guess.

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    There are days I feel like cheerfully throttling mine as well...slowly..lol

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    I have been through this with our saluki. He is so frustratingly hard to contain!

    I really feel for you.

    I think the anger comes directly from the fear of all the dangers they put themselves into. If only we could just explain to them how important it is not to go running through paddocks after rabbits... Or across roads after cats...

    I know of another saluki escape artist too. She has to live in a roofed pen when not supervised, with the roof high enough that she can keep her back feet on the ground if she gets her front legs caught climbing the walls. This after she hung up on a fence and dislocated her shoulder. She also tore most of the teeth out of one side of her mouth and broke her jaw trying to chew herself free...

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    I know people with a Saluki, she is a real princess and lounge lizard, she always temps me to get one but knowing they are not all like that keeps me in check

    It's frustrating because where we lived before on a normal suburban block she never got out. Not once.

    Now with a good 1/2 acre fenced back yard she still wants more. Or I should say there is so much more to temp her. She can see thru to next doors big grassed area where the rabbits sit early morning and evening and I believe this is what is tempting her to scramble over the fence. Because I got to say I've watched her and there is no grace in her actions to get over.

    The whippets race down to the corner which sends the rabbits scattering, but of course once out of sight they are also out of mind. Not so for the rabbit hunting Gordon, once she can smell them she can't give up. We back onto a gorge and technically once she gets out she is running on a further 2 or so acres of our land but it's not the fenced part and its rough, easy slip and catch a leg between two rocks type of ground etc.

    Today she will be confined in the dog run (fully enclosed) while I go out. Until we can find where she's getting out that's how it will be.

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    I have to have mum and 2 pups separated whilst outside as we are not enclosed and she takes them wayyyy up the back of the farm. (mainly worried about snakes, wandering too far) She is either inside, outside on the chain on the veranda or off alone outside whilst pups are either in the pen, outside or inside. Sounds a huge job but Pretty is content to be inside on the couch or bed a lot of the day. All three spend together time inside or they visit on the veranda.

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    Gem is good on the chain too. Used to it from dogs shows & I like to train dogs to accept being restrained on a lead.

    It's just frustrating, we moved last year specifically for more room for the dogs, fenced a 1/2 acre back yard for them, added to the top of the fences the first time she went over, put the electric fence on the sections we thought were low and a danger for dogs coming in and yet....

    She is a challenge and unlike any dog I've had before. Hubby is very busy with work at the moment and hasn't taken her out in the ute or shooting at his dads place for a few weeks.

    She thrives on his company and is bored with the rest of us, so the dog run it is I'm afraid.

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