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    Default How Do I Deal with an Escape Artist???

    Poppy got out today! Its not the first time but its the first time I have come home to find her GONE! It was VERY scary and I don't need a lecture about it. Only supportive and helpful advice!

    Poppy is getting out under the fence near where our bins sit. The bins sit on the outside and there are stones all around that side of the house. She dug away the stones, we put up plastic mesh so that even if she dug the stones away she still couldn't get out. That lasted a few weeks. No escapes. Then she must of found a way to get UNDER the plastic mesh. So we put her metal dog pen against the fence. Problem solved. Or so we thought. THEN she dug away the stones in another spot, right next two the old spot so we unfolded the metal dog pen and zip tied it to the fence. ALL THE WAY around where the stones are.

    Thing is she managed to get out AGAIN at the original spot! Where the plastic mesh and metal fence was.

    I know its because shes bored. But I don't know how to combat that. She has lots of different toys out there, a few soft ones, a few chewy ones, a rope and ball one and the kong. We do bones a few times a week although admittedly I have run out and need to get some more.

    Is there anything else I can do to stop the boredom?

    We will obviously be securing the fence where she got out too.

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    Phew, lucky you found her, Amy. Heart attack mode, I'm sure.

    Dogs do ge out of the tiniest places. Helpful thing is at least you already know where she is getting out.

    I personally don't think it matters how many toys, bones, whatever you leave for her once you and OH are off to work - if the fence is not completely dog-proof, then she'll find a way out sooner or later.

    Only thing you can do is secure the fence in some way that is a lot more stable than what you've placed there before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Is it possible to make an L shape of wire fence/mesh....attach it to the fence and dig into the ground...so shen she digs again...she will hit wire mesh???
    Thats a good idea. Perhaps we could move all the stones and then tent peg the mesh into the ground and nail the other side of it into the fence. Then cover it back over with the stones.

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Phew, lucky you found her, Amy. Heart attack mode, I'm sure.

    Dogs do ge out of the tiniest places. Helpful thing is at least you already know where she is getting out.

    I personally don't think it matters how many toys, bones, whatever you leave for her once you and OH are off to work - if the fence is not completely dog-proof, then she'll find a way out sooner or later.

    Only thing you can do is secure the fence in some way that is a lot more stable than what you've placed there before.
    Thanks DA! It was heart attack moment. I was so calm it was surreal! I honestly didn't know what to do! I rang OH and told him and said WHAT DO I DO!!! Thats when he said go ask the neighbours. The last time she got out she was with the neighbours.

    I have NO idea where she went or how long she was gone but as I was standing chatting to the neighbour she appeared across the road. And as soon as I called her name she bolted over and went crazy!

    She is now sleeping. She must of REALLY worn herself out because when we got inside she gulped down a fair bit of water and then just collapsed on the carpet at my feet!

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    Are you renting? Is that why you can't replace the fence? If so, that makes it difficult.

    Perhaps have a look at Ange's thread about the fencing at her place, might get good ideas from that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Are you renting? Is that why you can't replace the fence? If so, that makes it difficult.

    Perhaps have a look at Ange's thread about the fencing at her place, might get good ideas from that?
    Yeh, I am renting. I have talked to Ange about this before because we have VERY simular fences. I would go so far as to say they are the same. Its a great fence, don't get me wrong, its just this stoned area that makes it easy for her to move stones and escape!

    She has a tag with her name, our address and phone number on her collar but I just worry SO much about something happening to her! I read somewhere that Cav's have b-ugger all road sense and even though we live in a quiet estate there are still cars and worse, BIG trucks that come in and out for the road that they are constructing!

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    Well the safest thing would be to leave her in the crate. That's what I used to do when I went out, but I wasn't usually away more than a few hours, not all day at work. The dog just learns to cope by sleeping while you're out. Pretty sure that's what mine does.

    As for the stones, maybe you need some as big as she is that she can't move. Like besa blocks or 40cm x 40cm x 4cm concrete pavers.

    Also when you leave, do you put her out the back and then go out the side gate or the front door - ie can she see which way you went. She might be trying to find you. I found with my sister in laws place, my dog stayed there as long as she didn't see which way I went. Not that she couldn't sniff that out later.

    It is something I've noticed about heelers. They do stay home, even when the fence has been pulled apart by a houdini labardor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Well the safest thing would be to leave her in the crate. That's what I used to do when I went out, but I wasn't usually away more than a few hours, not all day at work. The dog just learns to cope by sleeping while you're out. Pretty sure that's what mine does.

    As for the stones, maybe you need some as big as she is that she can't move. Like besa blocks or 40cm x 40cm x 4cm concrete pavers.

    Also when you leave, do you put her out the back and then go out the side gate or the front door - ie can she see which way you went. She might be trying to find you. I found with my sister in laws place, my dog stayed there as long as she didn't see which way I went. Not that she couldn't sniff that out later.

    It is something I've noticed about heelers. They do stay home, even when the fence has been pulled apart by a houdini labardor.
    I do leave her in the crate when we duck out to get something and its evening or night time but not when we go to work.

    Besa blocks sound good too! And very easy to use in a rental!

    When we go to work I put her out with breaky and then go back inside through the glass doors.

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    I know just how you feel Amy. Your heart just plummets when you realise they have gone. So glad she is safe and well, naughty girl.

    As we have an escape artist here I did resort to the 'Invisible fence' which has worked wonders, but probably overkill for you if it i just the one area she is getting out through.

    We have a secure dog area down the side of our house where I have not used the invisible fence as the area isn't too big and I didn't want Mya getting shocked if she got anywhere near the fence (it just wouldn't have left her any room to run about at all IYKWIM) Anyway, I had to make the fence side secure because Jenna is a digger and although she would not run off, I did have visions of her starting the dig and then Mya taking over and escaping. What I have done is move the stones out the way and a bit of earthand then I have stapled gunned mesh gutter guard stuff to the fence and down to the ground then bent it round and put the stones back on top of it. It's quite rough and if they try to dig they encounter the mesh and stop. It seems to work for us, could be worth a try. The gutter guard mesh from Bunnings was only about $10 for 10m so it's really cheap. Make sure you get the metal stuff though.

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    Know exactly how you feel. I could leave the gate open and the whippets would still stay home but not the Setter.

    Besser blocks (spelling??) or something really heavy with long spikes/metal rods hammered thru the holes in the blocks or weld mesh buried in the ground and them part way up the fence as well.

    And as previously mentioned mesh put down as an L shape up fence and along ground all in once pce.
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    First thing I would do is get Poppy micro chipped so if she is lost that one day she could be returned to you, its my biggest regret with my Staffy during his escape his collar had slipped off and now I wish i had him micro chipped.
    The next thing is to bury pavers or concrete slabs which ever you prefer at where she can escape so she cant dig through and get out.
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