Lady comes looking for me when im not around. When im home, I could leave the gate open, and she wouldn't step outside it. But as soon as I drive down the road, she jumps the fence and chases after me. I've forgotton stuff at home, turned around to see Lady sprinting down the road.
The property is about a 1/4 of an acre, the house is right in the middle, theres a pond out the front, and chook, duck and rabbit yard out he back. Theres no room for a run or yard.
She's on the 2.75m lead for about 8 hours a day, she sleeps inside at night, is outside for an hour and half before I leave. Comes off as soon as I get home. Take her for a 40 minute walk minimum and comes back in to bed at about 9:30.
She's slim and fit and she's happy. She has no behavioural issues, doesn't dig or destroy things, and is usually alseep when i get home, so I assume she isn't barking during the day.
I would rather she be tied up then hit by a car.
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I beleive you do all you say & that she is only on while your at work but I really feel alot of poeple start of with good intensions of plenty of off chain time but it get's less & less as time goes on(I don't mean you).
So you are saying if you had room for a pen then you'd rather that yes?
I have also seen more than 1 dog hung on so called safe teathers so I guess i may be a little over the top when it comes to chaining dogs up.
I am sure your doing what's in your particular dogs best interest considering there is no room for a pen.
I let most of mine stay in the house when I go out, restricted to certain areas. The others are in the yard. I use crates for quick runs to the shop etc.
I also use chains here, mind you, not often.
They are used if for some reason more than one dog has to go out at a time.
Sometimes they have their bones with two of them tethered outside and one free.
I also don't like it much but it sure helps them stick around and not run off with the possibility of being shot.
It is much easier to put them in the pen with them on dusk though.
I have a tether inside as well attached to the leg of a slate pool table.
The dog that gets to stay inside the night is put on this while I take the other two out with their bones to the pen and he/she gets released when I am back in to have his/her bone outside.
Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.
Its absolutely impossible for Lady to choke herself where she gets tied up.
If I had the space, I probably would get her a run.
My grandpas 4 working Kelpies(1000 acre sheep farm) are chained up when not being used. Sometimes up to 23 hours a day. No joke. He'll take them for a one hour run on the motorbike if they haven't done any work.
Then on some days, they're working from 6 in the morning, till 6 at night.
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Hi nicnacs mistress
Your BC is having fun wandering off so he will do it more and more so long as nothing scary happens to him (like being hit by a car) or you don't do anything to prevent it like building him an escape proof pen or putting him in a crate inside your house while you're out.
Same with beagle. In fact beagles being such great hounds for following scents will get even more joy out of it than the BC. And they're less likely to look both ways before crossing the road.
It seems like you didn't train your dog for the invisible fence. You can't just stick the fence in and the collar on and expect the dog to know what it means. A dog like a BC is likely to panic and bolt in any direction - including straight through. I don't know if you can fix this now, the BC knows if he just keeps running the zap will stop.
I think you need to crate train both dogs and keep them in crates inside the house while you're out. Crates can be had for around $100 delivered.
Use google to look up how to crate train.
I'm sure the vet expenses should you find either dog in a road accident would be more expensive than crates or fixing the fences up properly or keeping the dogs locked in the house while you're out.
As for training respect - you need a conditioned recall with both. Until you have that - I would not let either dog off lead where they can escape at all.
Suggest you get Lesley Nelson's dvd "really reliable recall".
I haven't trained Frosty to behave well on a chain so I don't leave her on one. She stays in the house when I'm out.
I do know of alot of work dogs that spend way too much time on chain today too though.
He still has his farm, and he still does it today.
Its quite the norm actually.
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Yeh I know, but dosen't make it right.
More work dogs spend hrs on chain than don't & it makes me sad as they are generally some of the smartest dogs.
Nothing against your Grandpa as I said there are plenty & in their era it was the norm everywhere even town dogs where chained.
I am always argueing with my dad about chaining dogs although has got better since I built him pens myself, lol.............
Hyacinth - thanks for your reply. Unfortunately there is no way I would be able to crate them in the house - our house is literally 6mx12m - and in summer in Nth QLD there is no way you would want to keep a dog (or any animal) locked in the house. Just as bad as leaving in the car IMO.
CD - I dislike leaving him tied up as well. He isn't on a short run though - he is attached to a 12mt lunge lead and this is tied to a tree. He has shade, toys, a water trough (he is a waterbaby) and full time access to food.
Di - what do mean by what I can do with the beagle when the BC is off? Training doesn't work with her because he butts in (attention seeking) and tying her up wouldn't solve his problem because he did it before we got her.
Hyacinth - yes we do need to do something about it, that is why I am canvassing ideas and opinions. In my ideal world he would be allowed to roam our 15 acres and not be confined to our acre house block at all, but it is not suitable for him.
It appears that I will have to construct a pen for him and her until our house yard fence is completed.
Regarding the electronic fence - I don't know. For 2 months it worked perfectly and then he started running through it, usually after roos. I have kept the unit, and can always retrain when the fence is completed to ensure he stays in the yard.
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