I am new to this Forum and this is my first post so hopefully it is in the right place, if not I am sorry!
I have 2 German Shepherds, one is 14 yrs old (family dog) and one is 2yrs old ( my dog)
We live on property 20 acrs, and the 14 yr old is obsessed with going wandering, we have tried everything but in the end that is just who she is. The problem is she took my 2yr old with her a few times and now the 2 yr old has started going on her own if the other dog is locked up. She has only done it twice but I want to nip it in the bud before she starts doing it all the time. The problem is I can't catch how she is doing it because it is only when I am at work, I can leave all the gates open if I am home and she wont leave.
They have a pen and are in that when no one is home but if they can't live in there and if mum is home she lets them out separately in the backyard....
I know prevention is the key but there is only so much you can do to fix your backyard and ours is pretty sturdy so it is not an easy task for her. She is well trained and understands when she has done the wrong thing but I don't think she knows that getting out is naughty and I don't know how to teach her in a constructive way that you stay here until I say so.
Apart from squirting her in the act which is hard when I am not at home how else can I teach her she isn't aloud out when I am not home?
I am not looking for negative feedback, I just simply want one or two of those brilliant ideas that might just work for me.