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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-29-2007, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Question Outside playtime

We don't have our yard fenced in, so when I take Amy out, she walks on the leash. I try to take her for longer walks and to run around with her a few times a day too for exercise. The previous owner suggested putting a run in the yard for her. I wondered if anyone else had one of these? DH was worried about the weight of the collar on her neck, as we were told that Hav's necks are sensitive.

I'm hoping that soon I can just walk out with her & trust that she won't run away. We live on a really quiet street in a development, but our property backs up to thick woods and is next to a large field, so she could porbably get lost easily. I don't want to take any chances yet.

Any advice on adding the run?

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Hi Jen, and welcome!

I would think a run a good idea for Amy since your yard isn't fenced in. If there is room enough for her to turn around and whip back and forth, she might love it a lot since we know most Havs do the runlikeheck game.

I would recommend you always have her on a leash until she has learned to 'come' 100% of the time. And even then! There are many stories of highly obedient dogs taking off when they see a squirrel, a cat, or whatnot and become totally deaf to their masters' commands. If the risk is high, then it's just not worth taking that chance.

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Hi Marj...I'll wait a while before taking her out w/o the leash...we have too many "wild animals" out in the woods & you're right, she could get carried away chasing one & never come back..

Amy is 4 years old.

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Jen, instead of a collar you should really consider getting Amy a harness. I got one for Kubrick and haven't regretted it since. It works really well for him and it's comfortable too.

Do you have a dog run near you that you can take Amy to? I live in the city so it's hard for me to get to any sort of running outside area so I am always taking Kubrick to the dog park. He loves it and gets to play with other dogs! If you have one near you, it'd be a good way to let Amy run off leash outside.


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If you are going outside with her, you can save some expense and just buy a couple of ex-pens and clip them together to create a larger area. It is temporary, can be easily moved and is easy to buy. If you want an outdoor run, I'd suggest you definitely get one that has a cover if you have wild animals in the area. The only problem is that if you let her out unsupervised, would she be able to get away if something reached through the fencing? Would you have a doggy door so she can go inside and out?

Just some thoughts that came to mind. My "wild animals" are squirrels, blue jays, mockingbirds and an occasional neighbor's cat, so I'm not experienced in this area at all.
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Jen,
Back when we lived in apt with my maltese on a lake (Belle wouldn't touch it!) but with a woods (lots of critters to chase), I took Belle to the tennis courts and let her run around. Just make sure to do when no one is around I would take a toy and after a few times, she knew what the tennis court meant. Now, when she sees tennis courts, she still gets excited!

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That's a great idea, Amanda! ... as long as no one is around. The tennis fanatics in my family would have my neck if they saw me agreeing with this. LOL!
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For a few months I let Nico and Desi run around outside in two ex pens that fenced a small portion of our yard (not in a circle, but butted up against the house to make a rectangle with the house on two sides). A few weeks ago DH took pity on them and went out and bought some fence stakes and that chicken wire stuff and added it to the ex pen fenced area. They now have a much bigger area to run around in and it is worth it for the entertainment value of watching them play runlikehell. It was not expensive at all and only took DH an hour or so to install. We do stay outside with them or watch them very closely from the doorway when they're in this area, though.
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We have a fenced yard, so I can let them out back anytime. But there are lots of obstacles to run around and over. So, I put up the xpen as a gate between my house and my neighbor. It gives them an area big enough to run and play, and they love it. It is about 10'x 40'.


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The ex-pens and runs are great ideas. Either one is ideal for giving Amy running room and keeping her safe at the same time. If you have fenced dog parks in the area, those are ideal if Amy likes to meet and play with other dogs.

Please be very careful if you plan to let her walk unleashed in an unfenced area. If you have woods or wilderness along your property, it would take only a moment for something to snatch her and run off.

Plus, dogs are dogs. No amount of training will guarantee that she won't chase after or run away from something at a moment's notice - and get lost in the process.

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