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    My new dog Kali is gorgeous however we have discovered she hates being left alone in the back yard even for 20mins and me inside. She jumps the fence and goes for a visit of the other properties around our place.
    Unfortunately we are on a busy road and coming into tourist season in the area, I am worried she'll get hit by a car.

    Yesterday I had to take my kitten to the vet so i left Kali on a 2 meter chain with her bed, water, food and our kelpie for company. I got home and she had slipped her collar and was next door.

    I am fine to have her by my side when I am home but i need to find something for if i have to go out. I can't even put her in the dog run because she just pops over the 1.5 meter fence. I thought a chain might be a good option but because she slips her collar, i can't do that. I can probably leave her in the laundry for upto an hour but I don't want to leave her in there if i have to go out for the day.

    Any suggestions would be welcome

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    You may find that this happens only because she is still adjusting to her new environment. My dog used to escape after we moved. But once she was settled in, she seemed ok with waiting for me at home. Then again, some dogs never stop trying to get out...

    Have you tried just leaving the backdoor open? Having access to the house may her feel less 'abandoned'?

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    Hi Drag0ncharm, totally offtopic but just noticed you are in SouthWest WA too Good place to be!
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    On topic, I had clients who's dog used to run off if it wasnt chained and would slip it's collar when it was chained so they ended up chaining it with a check chain collar on. '
    I wasn't a huge fan of the idea because of the possibilty of the dog getting caught on something and hanging itself but the dog never did that and the check collar and chain set up definitely kept him where he was supposed to be.
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    I could but we 100% indoor cats so I would have to lock them away and my kitten then stars damaging doors to get out of the room we have locked her in.

    I think it may be to do with her last owner let her visit the neighbors when ever she wanted but they lived a quiet street and the neighbor were happy for her to visit. the houses next door to us are weekend stay rentals, so many people go thru them that i doubt all of them would appreciate a doggy visitor

    Edit: lol Clarebaer. yep I live in Augusta lovely country although winters get a bit cold for me, but then I am a big sook.

    as for the check chain, i had considerred it and like you I am wary of her getting tangle but i might put it as something to try when i am home first to see how we go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    You may find that this happens only because she is still adjusting to her new environment. My dog used to escape after we moved. But once she was settled in, she seemed ok with waiting for me at home. Then again, some dogs never stop trying to get out...

    Have you tried just leaving the backdoor open? Having access to the house may her feel less 'abandoned'?
    I agree with that! lol

    You could also (unless you have already) try the electric boundary fencing & collar so that when she goes near the fence it gives her a shock?! I've never tried it because my yard is to big and would cost a fortune. But Bella is fine in her run, fences are 6 foot so she would be super dog to be able to scale that!

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    yes i have been looking at those systems but I really want to get an invisible fence as a last resort although if I do get one of those systems i'll include my kepie and try to open the front yard too, to give them twice as much space to play

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    I would recommend against a choke chain, way to dangerous.

    If you want to go this route go with a limited slip collar (martingale collar) much less dangerous.

    Or invest in a roof for your dog run.

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    I would put her in a metal crate and cover it - you might have to find a big slab of cardboard to hold the cover away from the sides so the dog can't pull it through and eat it. And I would spend a lot of time making sure the dog knows the crate is a nice place to be before leaving her all day.

    But she should cope with all day. I know it seems wrong but it's way better than her escaping and playing in the traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClareBear View Post
    On topic, I had clients who's dog used to run off if it wasnt chained and would slip it's collar when it was chained so they ended up chaining it with a check chain collar on. '
    I wasn't a huge fan of the idea because of the possibilty of the dog getting caught on something and hanging itself but the dog never did that and the check collar and chain set up definitely kept him where he was supposed to be.

    We had an escaper (boxer/staffy x) who could jump 6 foot fences without even touching them.

    He was chained with a check chain as it was the only way we could keep him home (we were too poor for a run). The can only really hang if there are obstacles. Our boy was chained to his shed. He had a 6 metre long chain and it was positioned in such a location that he couldnt reach any trees to get twisted but could reach the shade. And it was positioned so he couldnt jump the back fence. However, you have to be picky aboutthe "chain" used because some of them twist and then strangle.

    I have a friend whos rotty jumped the gate while she was chained. Unfortuinately, they had made the chain long enough to jump the gate but not long enough for the dog to touch the grous on the other side .

    Our current dogs are escapers and until we get our run set up, they are both confined to the washouse while we are at work. I feel a bit mean, but when outside they just slep all day anyway so its not a biggy. They re only active when we get home. And I would rather they were somewhere safe.

    They have their bed in there. A bunch of toys. A water bowl and now a fan.

    Anyway OP, hope that helps with even giving you some piece of mind about hwo to contain.

    My opinion is though, that a covered (roofed) run is the best and safest option (we are getting one in the next couple of months (I am so impatient to get it).

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