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I guess I have an agility dog
Two days in a row Bama has escaped the kitchen into the den. She is allowed in the den, but we often 'trap' her in the kitchen when we can't be in the den with her instead of putting her in the crate.
Yesterday I had bumped the gate while going over it so it was crooked...maybe that gave her the idea to go over...I thought maybe she had snuck thru before I could close the doggy door part of it. But this morning I found her in the den...twice.
I tried to get her to show me how she does it. I sat on the other side with treats and encouraged her to come but she was woofing so I gave up...don't want to reinforce barking. So I tried going on her side and leaving the treats on the floor in the den. I put her on my lap to see if she needed a boost. She wouldn't do it. I put her closer to the top with her front paws on the gate and sure enough she jumped over.
So I guess she climbs instead of taking a running leap. My husband wants to raise the gate, but I think she would just sneak over.
She has only done this with the metal gate, which has some horizontal bars, as opposed to the wooden ones blocking the fridge area and the hall to the bedroom, which don't have any potential footholds except the top.
It's so strange...Miss Yorkie for years would stay behind a box that was only maybe 6-10 inches high. Until maybe a year ago when she got scared during a thunderstorm and got over it...or probably pushed it aside. (Originally we had an actual gate and then moved down in size because we kept banging our legs...she must have assumed she couldn't get over or around the box the same way she couldn't get past the gate).
So now it's back to being in the crate when she isn't supervised (especially since her new trick is disconnecting the phone).
I guess my point is...does she seem to have the makings of an agility dog? She got to play with equipment a tiny bit after puppy class (the equipment was out for the class after hers). If she can get over gates and go through tunnels, I figure I should harness her skills into something productive. And hey, maybe she will learn to only go over things when she it is appropriate. She certainly knows the 'off' command so that might be helpful...