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    Default Finally going to make our dog run!!!!

    So as some of you probably know (if you actually read any of my rubbish posts lol), Pippi is an escape artist.

    As a result this meant at our last house she was confined inside during the day. In the current house they are both confined to the washhouse during the day while we are at work (if we just put Pippi in there, Barney gets upset - anthromorphising here but its like he thinks she is getting special treatment). And when we are home if we cannot supervise we have a tie out for Pippi. It doesnt twist so cant get shorter and is tied in a place where she can get shade etc without getting caught on anything. However it wasnt the ideal situation and is only used if we cannot be watching her.

    It looks like at the moment she cant get out but she is a sneaky little wench and there are some suspicious areas (i.e. if she got through the pool fence, which she tries to do, then she could probably get out down the back. And one of the side fences look spossible too).

    Anyway, we have been mulling over what to do as we (I especially) am not comfortable for her to be on a tie while noone is home (unless popping to the shop for 5 mins).

    Unfortunately, we wanted a big flash run but affordability wise its not really an option right this minute (maybe in a couple of months but I want to get something ASAP).

    So, I am walking round the property today and down the side of the house we have a narrow section between the house and the fence. It's only about a metre and a half wide, but it would be 6 - 8 metres long.

    The plan tomorrow is to use some very heavy rocks we have around the place to line the whole fence line so there is no way Pippi can get under the fence, as well as use some puppy wire we have under and behind the rocks for double safety (and truthfully, we will probably put wood there to triple saftey it coz I am paranoid about my baby girl gettign out and disappearing). Then we will pop a gate on the end into the back yard.

    The main downside is that the ground is not all flat. Right next to the house for about half the width it is a raised concrete bit (the ground kinda slopes down but the concrete bit keeps going flat). At one end, concrete is same height as ground but at the end that will be the gate, there is about a 60cm difference in height. The other hald of the width is dirt/grass/whatever. Unfortunately the rocks will take up some of this space but not a large amount.

    The upside is, we can do this with resources we have at the house. Trellis and wood to build the gate and the rocks and wood and puppy wire to really secure the fence from being digable. We also have shadecloth (not that they will need it there).

    I feel a bit stupid as I was so set on having this nice set up I had planned that I didnt even look at the obvious solution (which the OH informed me today he had already told me that option when we first got here - I clearly wasnt listening).

    Anyway, just thought I would share....the uneven ground bit sounds a bit dodgy but they are always going round there anyway so I dont think it will be a problem...and they onyl have to be in there while everyone is at work.

    I just wanted to share as I am glad to finally have a bit of a solution. Now the hard part is working together with the OH (we have major fights when we try DIY stuff together LOL) and actually getting it built.

    Ill chuck a photo up tomorrow once it's done. It wont be flash but it will keep my guys safe and secure while noone is home.

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    It's always so nice to have a lightbulb moment!

    It will also be a relief for you to have a yard for them when you're out. Yay! Need pics.

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    Yea lightbulb alright....I feel like a moron.

    Here we had been talking about closing in the deck, or closing in the whole undercover section in back of the house (both of which would mean weeing and pooing either on wood or pavers) and not even thinking bout round the side....duh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    I just wanted to share as I am glad to finally have a bit of a solution. Now the hard part is working together with the OH (we have major fights when we try DIY stuff together LOL) and actually getting it built.
    Hahaha you should of seen the domestic that resulted from putting ours up. We are both pig headed and think our ideas are the only right ones! lol We are no good at doing anything DIY together either.

    Glad you found a cheap solution, its such a weight lifted off of your shoulders when you know they can't get out anymore!

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    Yes it is! Barney has no inclination to even get out. He did get out a couple of times, but he just kinda comes to the front door. If it's not something he can just walk through, he doesnt really care.

    Pippi on the other hand will dig and pull and chew.....in saying that though, she seems less inclined these days but perhaps thats because she is generally not out there unsupervised so she knows she wont get away with it.

    LOL you and your OH sound like us....the neighbours will get a good show. Even just moving the rocks we will have issues. Maybe I should video it and then youtube it LMAO

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    Yeah Harley doesn't really care about going out either, he wants to if Bella is cause he thinks he is being left behind. But Bella use to do anything, she is always watched now so hasn't had a chance to and we have just replaced the trouble fence, so it will be interesting to see if she tries to now. I don't really want to let her loose while we aren't there though in case she can!

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    Thats exactly like me....so the run will initially be used while we are home until I am 100% certain she cant get out.

    This is the difference with large and small dogs too....Barney is big and heavy so he cant jump too high, and we dont need to patch up every tiny gap. Pippi on the other hand can fit through such small gaps - gaps I didnt even think she would try to get through. Didnt really think about that aspect when getting a small dog LOL

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    I can understand the size difference....tessa here is the one we have to make everything dog proof for. the newfies are so easy to keep in. they won't even go through an open gate, because they are just not into traveling. Tessa is however an opportunist, if she can get under/over/through, she will. Only we are very lucky, we are Rural and she only goes to the Barn to go mouse hunting. But will be at the gate howling, because she cannot find a way back into the yard. We have sorted all our escape routes with electricity now and we have a even rat-size dog proof Kennel-room/run.

    I hope it works out for little Pippa, because is will be more pleasant to be out in a run for both her and Barney....Keeping fingers crossed
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