i have a seven year old staffy called Coco who is usually a pretty well behavied dog. she comes when called, sits, stays and i can run with her off the lead and she doesn't leave my side. But about a year ago she started running away. Coco is scared of power tools and they were doing renovations up the street. at the start it was just when the power tools were on and we could predict it and lock her up. but then she started doing it more and more often. our fence was thought to be dog proof but she is about 25kgs and just pushes through the fence, no matter the damage to herself. she has cut her nose and done damage to her paws trying to get out. it used to just happen when there were alot of people over (so a lot of noise) or when we weren't home. she was never by herself tho, we had another dog. recently our old bitsa passed away and Coco has gotten worse. normally we leave her outside at night and it has never been a problem. this morning however, she was gone. we found her but i am gettting desperate. i don't want to have to lock her in the house all the time but not seeing another option. one of my biggest worries is that in a couple of months i will be getting a doberman pup and i don't want her passing on the behaviour to him.
Is there anything i can do to keep Coco in the yard? Could this be a behavioural thing?
Thanks so much for any help, i relaly need it!
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