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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question on your back yard

OK...I am at a loss when it comes to what to do about the backyard situation. Little Marley (9 1/2 weeks) loves to run around with us, although on most of the trips outside I try to keep it to the potty business so he can stay focused on associating the outside with that.

For the first 8 days he stayed within our yard boundaries, but today he has discovered that you can run beyond the rock/bebble/tree boundary into the neighbors yard. They have a Pomaranian which is pretty territorial, so I am not sure how he'd react if he catches the little intruder. We briefly introduced the two today and it went ok, but that was under controlled circumstances.

We have a very big 1/2+ acre back yard which is not fenced, but rather has a growing tree hedge on most of the sides that Marley can still easily run through and will probably for years to come.
Most of the neighbors that have dogs use the invisible fence system, hardly anyone in the entire area has a regular fence. The ones that don't have that, have older dogs that just don't seem to run off from them when they play outside with them.


What do I do now that he is trying to take off all the time? Keep him on a leash at all times as I do when I take him potty outside? Set up an expen outside and keep him in there if we go ouside?
What do you guys do? What do you suggest in our situation? Putting a Wood fence around the whole yard is NOT an option.

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I would rather you be safe than sorry so I would say use a long line until you get something else. But remember that doesn't protect from a neighbor's dog coming into your yard. I would just hate for your puppy to run the wrong way and have something bad happen. They have the really light cloth ones that are almost like a thick string. I have trained recall with those on both my dogs.

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We have a similar situation. We have a 2 acre property and I'm not going to fence the entire perimeter. I'm also not going to bother with an invisible fence because while it would keep Nico in (probably - I've seen many a dog take a charge to get out if there's something tempting enough on the other side), it wouldn't keep other animals out. He's never outside without someone right there with him. I have a tie down in the backyard that I can hook Nico to and I've ordered a couple ex pens that I'm going to hook together and set up for him. We do occasionally take him out to play and run without being penned or leashed, but that's only if we're with him, playing with him (and therefore paying very close attention to him) and one of my two older daughters, who can still outrun him, is there. However, as he's getting older and faster and interested in squirrels, we're moving to the dog park for that running and playing. The jury is still out on whether we'll eventually fence a section of the yard - we're still working on our landscaping plans.

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Alexa, we just had to deal with this-- we too have a 1/2 acre with a living fence that the boys could and would get through--- We decided to my total snobby dismay to put a chain link fence up-- we put it behind he trees (which was still our property and we got a black one so it sort disappears in most places--- and I will add a bush here and there where it doesn't--- As far as neighbors go--- one had a pool so was happy to have one side done to standard, and on their side we were able to go between both of our living hedge's--- the other had a dog and didn't mind-- and the third side can see the whole fence--- but they don't seem to mind either. It was 5K and worth every penny for the peice of mind. also think of those cold winter nights when you just open the door and say Marley do your biz.... until then, I would do leash or pen to be safe or a tie out as long as you are watching.




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We used a tie out for a while, or kept them on leashes when they were little. But I have an acre of lawn and we DO have the electric fence and all three of mine are now trained on it and although I know some of you guys dont like it, it works perfectly for us!! I can let them run and run, go potty in the rain or snow, or just out to visit with people who come over, and never have to worry about them running off. They are not left out for any length of time without us out there, so we really dont have a concern about other dogs coming on to property, it is just nice to be outside doing your thing, while they play.
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We have a large yard as well and we do not have a fence. Brady only goes outside with me or my husband. We take him on many walks, but he also gets to run around the yard. I started with a long leash that I would leave on him when he was wondering the yard so I could catch him if he tried to go anywhere. I also trained recall when he was very young. DH and I would stand opposite sides of the yard and yell from him to come and give him a treat and praise for coming. Now, if he starts to take off, I yell for him. Once in a while, he will have selective hearing. When this happens, I yell "chicken bone" *his favorite thing* and he comes running right back to me. I still keep a 6" leash on him when we are out playing in case I need to catch up to him. He is a little older now ( a little over a year) and usually will sitn nicely with me outside and play in the yard nicely with me as well.


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Karen,Luv that pic of Brady running!!!!

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Hello!!! We have a an acre where we live. I did the whole take them out on a leash thing so they could do there buisness but when it came to winter that was enough for me. We now have part of the yard fenced in. It is alot easer and much much safer to just let them out now. We have three dogs so having the fence is the best!!!!!!! My cocker spaniel would smell things and it would not matter what I would say she was on the scent. So we fenced in the yard. I hope things will work out soon for ya!!!

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I have a small yard that is completely fenced in. They also like to sit out in front of the house, so I stake them out front.

If you don't like the idea, or cost of an electric fence, then I would say to pick an area and make a dog run. You don't need any expensive type of fencing to do it. You can use metal stakes and chicken wire.


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Thanks so much for all the suggestions. I am leaning towards fencing a smaller area in, although my hubby won't like that much, but I would just feel safer. Friends of mine put a fence around their pool themselves, so I will ask them to see how much that was and how they did it....

We watch him out there every minute, but he wants to just explore further and further. While I love watching him race from one side of the yard to the other, I just didn't expect him to be this curious about the world outside his yard so early...and the invisible fence, IF we opt for that is not an option for many months.

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