Hi, am new to this site but would appreciate some help or ideas of any kind.... My daughter rescued an 8 month old staffy x ridgeback in January 2012 from the RSPCA. Since day 1 he has escaped everyday from the yard of her rental property.
The fences are 6 foot high all round with a gate in the driveway. She has extended the gate twice to about 7 foot, however left a 5 inch space which we closed in on the weekend as the dog climbed the gate and escaped through the space. She has videoed him climbing a bushy tree to scale the fence, so she removed the tree.
She has installed an electric dog fence to 3 sides of the fence,( is set on very low) and he doesn't go near them. Her dad built a 7 foot fence to one side of the house where the fence was only 5 ft. He has chewed the back door trying to get inside. My daughter works 4 1/2 days but her housemate studies and is home most of the day, The dog stays inside with her during the day and is inside all night. He gets a walk daily, and she takes him with her when she goes visiting.
He is a beautiful natured dog, and adores my daughter and she him. He doesnt need a chain when walked as he sticks by her side, even if he sees a cat or another dog. He is very obedient re; sit/ stay/ come / no.
Apart from chaining him,we are at wits end on how to stop him from escaping as soon as she leaves the house.( within 5 mins of her leaving) clearly he has separation anxiety. She lives in a quiet street and all the neighbours know the dog and so far have kept him till she gets home or puts him back in her yard. ( he has a collar with her phone no on it) We are worried he will escape and get run over, and or the neighbors will tire of keeping till she gets home and let him wander the streets. There is little more we can do to the yard to keep him in.
She refuses to return him to the RSPCA, as she is afraid they will euthanise him due to his seperation anxiety and escapee record.
Wondering if anyone has experienced any similar behaviors with their dog, and how they fixed it.
Thank you in advance to anyone who has any ideas.