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    Man Pippi is a determind little tart.

    We have a gate at the side of the house, its made of metal bars and is about 7 ft tall. The bars are quite wide apart so its covered in puppy mesh and then also has a piece of ply jammed in around it.

    Well, my naughty little wants to take herself out and about dog has managed to break through.

    She escaped on Friday at 8.30 or so in th emorning. Everybody had already left for work. Luckily the OH was working at the neighbours across the road. He was up a ladder and heard Barney screaming (obviously annoyed he couldnt fit through the same gap as pippi) and the OH looks over and sees little miss sniffing round the front lawn.

    She has now been relegated to permanent inside status unless supervised until I decide what I am going to do about it.

    I have thought about a zip line for her but not that keen in case she somehow gets twisted or hung or whatever.

    Have looked into dog runs, and my god they are expensive.

    Anyway, I have eventually ended up looking at chicken coops. Perfect as the come with a "kennel" and a beautifully made area for the "dog". There are some quite big ones (6ft tall x 3 metres long x 1.5 wide) and they are reasonably priced. You can buy extensions too so I figure I cant get one and then put an extension on it and Barney can go in it too (obviously he wont fit in the coop so will put something in for him) but there is a couple of issues I have with it.

    1. There is no floor. The wire is only on the sides. What do you guys reckon I can do to stop Pippi digging under while allowing the run/coop to be moveable so its not just in one place in the yard? Can I stick wire on the bottom or will it be bad for their feet?

    2. Strength....these are obviously made to house chickens. Do you think they will be stong enough to house the dogs? I dont thnk barney will bother tryng to get out, he is good like that but Pippi may try and chew through th wire. What say you?

    Falling on eof these, I am going to have to attempt to build me own (which will probably look quite huckery LOL)

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    There are some chicken houses that are made with wire underneath. they are considered dog/fox proof. So that dogs and foxes cannot dig in. Would they suit? I think I saw them for sale in a gardening mag, maybe ABC gardening.
    There has to be some benefit for having huge dogs. They are easy to fix escape-holes for
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    Thanks for that info newfsie I will look into that.

    Do you think wire on the bottom will be bad for the dogs feet? I notice the sides are made of wire with quite fine holes so would the bottom be like that? I don't mind putting my own wire on (we have a bunch from when we fenced off part of the yard for the dogs - didnt last long - but it has much bigger gaps so not sure if that would be ok for the bottom).

    Yea, Barney is a 40kg boy so not huge but he's pretty big which is good on a few counts. He can't jump very high because he's heavy and he can't escape through any tiny holes.

    Pippi can fit through the most minute gaps. As it is we already have puppy mesh and planks of wood lining both side fences at the bottom. The back fence is pretty rotten with broken palings etc and it is now covered in play and looks really stupid LOL.

    If it was our house we would just replace the fence and the gate but we only rent so can only patch.

    The good thing about the chicken coops IMO is they seem to be better looking than most dog runs and Pippi is small enough to fit in the coop.

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    As an example, I was looking at something like this

    RABBIT GUINEA PIG CHICKEN COOP HOUSE PET CAGE HUTCH (eBay item 250793163055 end time 26-Mar-11 20:02:40 AEDST) : Home

    And then you can buy a further 2 metre extension you attach to the end to make it longer...that way I figure Barney can also be put in there so Pippi is less likely to try to get out and be with him in the yard. And I am thining we could build an additional house for him with a bigger door underneath the existing house if that makes sense

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    Alternatively, would we be better off buying a kennel (they currently have a crate int he laundry for when outside) and then making our own run with a wooden floor

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    if your renting i would think your landlord is obligated to replace a fence.
    you are paying rent for there house and thats including repairs.

    if they dont want to help you can contact consumer affairs and find out your rights.

    if the fence is unsafe it needs to be replaced..

    many rentals dont allow dogs so if your place is one of those, you could use the excuse that the neighbours dogs get in your yard. or something.

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    I believe the landlord will be in talks with the back neighbour soon about replacing the fence once I give them his phone number.

    The house is pet friendly, I wouldnt live here if not. I dont like it when people pretend they dont have pets to get a house....makes it harder for the rest of us when they get caught IMO

    Even if the back fence is repaired though, there is still the manner of the gate and I wouldnt expect him to fix that or the side fences as all were new right before I moved in. At the time it didn't matter as I had Barney, and another medium sized dog.

    I think we will be going for the pen regardless of what happens with the fence as I would just feel much happier that Pippi is contained and cannot escape. We live just 10 houses (and a corner) away from Paramatta road and she would be squished about a minute after leaving the house.

    We have been very lucky in that the 3 times she has got out, we have been home and noticed right away.

    She will only be in the pen while we are at work because shes inside after that

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    Lala, I once had the same problem with my mastiff when he was young. The labradoodle next door was not contained to their yard, and would come over and collect Kaiser, and they'd go off on adventures together. I DIDN'T notice straight away, and there was a period of about 3-4 weeks where I thought I had fixed the problem, only to get yet another phone call from someone saying they were holding on to both dogs, who were covered head to toe in Brisbane river mud, and could I please hurry the duck up and come and collect them :-/

    We tried everything - zip line, big new kennel to tie him to, raising the height of the fence, building a whole new fence across half the property, training etc... But, those adventures with Barney were just too good :P

    We ended up getting an electric fence with an e-collar for Kaiser. We did the training with him until he got the principle, then left the collar on, and the problem was fixed within the week. We've never had to pull it out of the box again.

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    With my pen I have a round of wire attached about a foot up the insides with thin twisted wire which the ends are then cut back so no eye damage can happen and then it is bent inwards on the ground for about another foot and covered with dirt to dissuade my lot who love to dig from getting out. I am not a fan of having a wire floor but that is just my personal opinion.
    As I am on our own farm I don't give a damn about looks, just function.
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    Maybe you could attach some weldmesh down the bottom, nicer on the feet and still unable to dig out of if size appropriate to the dog.
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