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    Exclamation Mollie Keeps Escaping. Urgent :(

    Hello forum. I would really appreciate some advice on my situation.
    As most of you may know, my next-door neighbour has a dog that ate my other neighbours SWF. Nothing was reported, so the dog wasn’t put down.
    Anyway. This dog is very vicious and from day one I taught Mollie not to go anywhere near the fence.

    That all changed.

    On Thursday I was taking my little brother down to the bus stop down the road and just after the bus left, I look up my street to see my dog SPRINTING down the road towards me. As soon as she grabbed me, I scolded her, picked her up and took her back up to the house.

    Things have gotten worse and worse.

    Yesterday while I was at school, Mollie WENT OVER TO THE neighbour’s house! & Dad told me she was only a few metres away from the vicious dog (which was on a chain) and wouldn’t come when she was called.

    TODAY, the dog barked over there, Boof ran up and down the fenceline, but Mollie sprinted OVER to the house again and the horses chased her. She wouldn’t come when she was called. She came back onto our land, but she still stood near the fenceline and was barking her head off.

    I am so scared! She is not listening to me! She is not listening to my dad or anyone!

    Dad has given me 3 options – give her away (Of course not!), get a shock collar (what is that?) or put up an electric fence, which will take a week or two for me to save up for to go around the fence. All day she has been in a contained area with me, only going outside when on the leash because she is being that naughty!

    Dad thinks she is coming on to her second heat and that’s why she is going outside the fence out-of-the-blue. Could that be it?

    I am so scared, worried and am on the verge of tears! What can I do to make her not go near the fence? Dad says the shock collar is the way to go, what on earth is it?

    Sorry if this post isn’t making sense, but we are all worried that something will happen to my baby and I am really scared and confused as to what I should do L

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    You have to contain her, Demi. I have had to do the same with mine and we built a big pen. An interim method would be a chain or a dog line stretching between two trees with a kennel for out of the weather. Sit down with you dad to discuss options.

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    First thing, no matter how frustrated or scared you are, never scold her for coming to you if you call her. She will start running way. If she escapes and you call her, she should get the best praise ever for coming.

    Second heat? Time to desex her maybe? Desexed dogs are much less prone to escaping and exploring, although once dogs have started it can be hard to contain them.

    I think Di's suggestion is best if you're away from the house for too long for her to be crated. A trace line with a lead she can't chew is safest, the lead can be fairly short as they have room to run up and down, so less risk of getting tangled.

    Or, crate or pen. You can get panels for making pens fairly cheaply from ebay, cheaper than electric fencing anyway.

    Check the legalities of shock collars in your area, as they are illegal in some states.

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    (hugs) Demi!

    It is scary! We have had some problems with Poppy digging out/squezing out through gaps under the fence. We have finally patched up every possible spot. We would find a spot, patch it up, look around the fence and think it was all good then she would find a gap we missed!

    Is it possible the Mollie is bored? That is what we think Poppy's issue is! I have been rotating her toys, giving raw hide chews and bones to try and keep her occupied. I've also been trying to exercise her as much as possible and am looking into doggy daycare 1 day a week for her.

    If you think it's the coming on heat thing, which it could be, I would suggest you desex her. We had Poppy done about 1.5 months ago and it has really put my mind at ease about her trying to get to other dogs, other dogs trying to get to her, unwanted pregnancies and puppies etc. Desexing is also cheaper than a pregnancy with complications. And if she mates with a bigger dog then that could happen!

    Good luck!

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    Demi

    Why isn't she desexed?

    How can she get out?

    If there is nothing you can do about her getting out of your yard, I suggest putting her in a crate or a special dog run that is escape proof.

    She's going to die if you don't plug the holes and stop the escaping.

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    I agree with what's been said.
    Dog's safety first. Desex, you can have them done when they are on heat although it costs more and a secure dog run.
    Always praise when they come back to you. Next time she may not for fear of being scolded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Demi

    Why isn't she desexed?

    How can she get out?

    If there is nothing you can do about her getting out of your yard, I suggest putting her in a crate or a special dog run that is escape proof.

    She's going to die if you don't plug the holes and stop the escaping.
    I 100% agree with this....and yes...why isn't she desexed? That might eliminate some of her roaming tendencies

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    Have you considered allowing your dog, and next doors dog to become friends?

    NB: I had a dog, attacked another dog that came onto the premises. Legal result. Dog has the right to protect its property, its gaurding, naturally, does not get put down. I found it easier to train the dog that next doors dog is an ok visitor, than to train it not to gaurd.

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    Bernie

    That would be nice, except next door's dog eats dogs like Molly. It's not safe.

    A dog run would protect Molly if the other dog broke in too.

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    Demi how did it go?
    The idea of a wire "chain" is a good one. Like Di said you could string it up between two trees. Its a good start until you can aford to fix your fence or get a collar, which btw is a collar with a little electric box on it that when the dog goes near the set parimetar it gets a zap. They are quite a bit more expensive than just fixing the fence though.

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