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Thread: My Little Houdini - the Escaping Dog :/

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    Unhappy My Little Houdini - the Escaping Dog :/

    One of my dogs has a tendency to escape our yard and go exploring (typical staffy). She was originally going through the fence, but I have fixed that and now since she can't get through she jumps over. It doesn't matter whether I am home or not,she has plenty of toys and our other dog to play with, but she still runs away.

    We are on acreage and a new fence is out of order at the moment due to the cost involved in replacing it. She is currently on a runner (while I am a work) until the weekend when we are going to try and make the fence higher, I feel horrible about putting her on it, but its better than her getting hit by a car or stolen.

    I am wondering what others have done to try and prevent dogs from escaping? I've looked into the electric barrier fencing, but I am not sure how effective it will be.

    Any advice would be great!
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    I have known dogs who were true escape artists and it took a lot of work and money to make the backyard secure. Once they get into the habit, it's hard to get them out of it, it seems. Sorry, not what you wanted to hear!

    I am assuming she gets taken for walks daily?

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    Yeah I have just started taking her for walks again every morning and some afternoons hoping it might cure her of her need to run away! lol

    I think she just sees people, kids and other dogs and thinks they may be more fun, I found her yesterday at the house of people that walk past our yard every day (even though they live like 5 minutes walk away). She is a social butterfly.

    Its already cost is a fortune doing what we have already done so far, I think I should take our shares in a mesh company :P

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    I think there is a threat that deals with fencing and has some drawings to go with it. But Ihave forgot the topic it comes under, but just search the the threads till you find it, or if someone else might remember where it is.

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    Is this the thread you meant Rid??

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/k9pro-dog...e-jumping.html

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    Thanks AngelanBatty, I will show my OH the picture you posted in that thread (showing the overhang) and see if he can knock something similar together. She is only just managing to get over as it is (it takes her a fare few tries to do it) so I think if we had the extra height and it angled in, she would have no chance at making it over!

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    If all esle fails try a run, I was averse but when you have had to rehome/destroy a dog because of something it did while it was out it is another story. Gigha likes being in her run, i think it makes her feels safe, like her crate. Check mine out in my album. It was exy but so was the heartbreak over rehoming my GSD's.
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    Completely forgot about that!

    Best of luck! Here's hoping you stop her in her tracks!

    As a side note, I'd use mesh - not strands of wire - to do it, only because she may attempt to go over anyway and using mesh she'll just bump her head and go nowhere, using wire her collar may get caught and the worse could happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelanBatty View Post
    That was the post I was thinking of.
    It is a good way to stop them in their tracks.

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    The run looks brilliant! My OH is a boilermaker so he can do anything with steel :P, that might have to be an option as well, cause as you said I would hate for anything to happen to her while she is out and about. She's already got a limp from something she did while she was out (neighbour said they seen her fly past after another dog and come back limping) the vet has checked it out though and it all seems okay, even though she is still limping on it sometimes.

    We've already bought wire for the top but I would prefer mesh. She's had her collar caught on a star picket before trying to jump over, so lucky I was there other wise she wouldn't be here now, silly goose

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