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    MAC and Tkay - Thanks! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has "lost" their puppy! I felt terrible!

    Obie - She is microchipped too. I should of mentioned that.

    We just got back from Bunnings where we bought some besser blocks. We are going to move the stones away, put them in, I'm hoping they will fit UNDER the fence as we bought half sized ones and then we will put the stones back around them!

    Wish us luck! We are off to do it by torch light!

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    Well she got out AGAIN!!!

    But at a different spot. Around the other side of the house, where the front and side fences meet and the ground slopes down.

    There was a gap and she dug!!!

    I came home to find her sniffing the plants in the front yard! And to top it all off when I opened the garage door to drive in it opened about 1/4 of the way then stopped and now its stuck!!! No matter how many buttons I press it wont budge!

    OH is going to get more besser blocks today!

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    Now that she has had success digging and having a lovely self rewarding wander her determination will be higher.

    Gemma never got out until she came to our new place a year ago at age 3. the drive to do so is now great.

    I'd be having a good look along the entire fence line and blocking anything and everything and expecting your outlay to fix this to be high.

    However anything you do will likely be able to be removed and taken with you to your next place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Now that she has had success digging and having a lovely self rewarding wander her determination will be higher.

    Gemma never got out until she came to our new place a year ago at age 3. the drive to do so is now great.

    I'd be having a good look along the entire fence line and blocking anything and everything and expecting your outlay to fix this to be high.

    However anything you do will likely be able to be removed and taken with you to your next place.
    Thanks MAC! If I have to put besser blocks around the ENTIRE perimeter of our yard...I WILL!!!! They were only $2 each so it wouldn't be TOO exxy!

    She is SO tired! She came in and collapsed and it still at my feet! She SMELLS too! So bad! Like a doggy, dirty smell! If it hadn't just started raining I would bath her!

    OH is off tomorrow and the next day so I doubt she will try and escape then. But he can bath her too!!!

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    Like everyone said, getting your backyard secure should be the first on the list. But you said you are sure she does it because she is bored? Do you take her for a walk before you leave her alone? If not, I would start doing it. Power her out before you leave by letting her run or do a play or a training session with her etc. Make her tired before you leave.
    In regards to the toys, from my experience most dogs don't play with their toys when they are alone unless it is a food motivated dog and the toy involves food You said you have a kong but maybe think of other things too. Not sure what you are feeding her but if kibble is involved I would give it to her when you leave in a food dispensing toy. Wet food I would put in the kong etc. Some months ago I posted a video of Ziggy and the milk bottle... (Dinner Time on Vimeo) That still keeps her busy
    Also, she might have discovered by now that digging is a lot of fun and very rewarding, so maybe get her a sandpit and encourage her to dig in there by hiding toys and food in there.

    Just a few thoughts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    You might want to consider a dog run for her instea when you are at work

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    Thanks Clea!

    She won't be able to jump out of that will she? She is a pretty good jumper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    You might want to consider a dog run for her instead when you are at work

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    Stupid question - what would you suggest to stop her digging out of the run? Put it on concrete? Or indoors?

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    The ground here is a bit uneven, so there were loads of little gaps under the 6'cyclone fences, I bought 50m rolls of strong wire, about 1m wide, rolled them out along the fence and shaped them into an "L" shape, attached one side to the fence and cut wire coathangers in half to use as pegs for the ground, the grass has now grown over the horizontal part of the wire and haven't had a dog dig out since I did it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    The ground here is a bit uneven, so there were loads of little gaps under the 6'cyclone fences, I bought 50m rolls of strong wire, about 1m wide, rolled them out along the fence and shaped them into an "L" shape, attached one side to the fence and cut wire coathangers in half to use as pegs for the ground, the grass has now grown over the horizontal part of the wire and haven't had a dog dig out since I did it!
    Thanks GAG. I think we will keep with the besser blocks and see how we go. This will DEFINATELY be the second option though as we have a WHOLE roll of mesh that we bought and used a tiny bit of.

    Miss Poppy was let out for a wee at 3am and again at 6am then given breaky in her crate. She went back to sleep and is with OH today. He will let her out and give her a run/play then put her back in the crate while he goes to bunnings to buy some more supplies!

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    I'd combine the two and do as suggested by GAG with the wire. Putting the blocks on the wire until the grass has grown over.

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