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My beautiful (mostly white) puppy keeps on getting under my deck. There is only about 6 inches between the ground and deck. Of my whole back yard, he thinks its loads of fun the get under there and play. I can't get under there, so I have to wait until he comes out. And when he does, he is filthy. I have had to wash his feet and belly, three times in the past 2 days. Has anyone else had this problem? What did you?

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I would put up some lattice or some type of fencing if you really want to keep him out...dogs love cool places.


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My problem is slightly different but the outcome is the same. Bailey, because he's so close to the ground winds up all wet and dirty when he comes back from his morning walk. I could literally bathe him every day, but I don't. Today is bath day and I'm so not looking forward to it. He's a squirmer and I'm afraid he'll kill himself. What I do every day when he comes in is take some paper towels and wipe his paws and underbelly as well as I can. It's a compromise but I don't want to dry out his skin.

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Hehe, welcome to puppyhood! Seems like no matter what hole you stuff, they find a new one in the blink of an eye, good luck! I'd try to fence that are as well.

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Yeah, I guess I will have to go to Lowes today. I don't want to leash him in the back yard. He has such a good time running out there.

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Good idea Dawn. Puppies love small places and he thinks it's just fine that you can't reach him. His own personal play yard. It'd be good to block it off if only for training purposes let alone safety. Since he doesn't know the "come" command yet, he's reinforcing not coming when called and that will be a nightmare to try and retrain.


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Block it off ASAP!!
A friend in Colorado thought the same thing was cute with her puppy till one day he went in and there was a "wild" cat already in there. She said everyone could hear her and her puppy screaming. Thankfully he wasn't hurt to badly.

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Same problem Dawn! We just added a great screened porch but Scooter goes under there and goes poo. We can't reach him, or the poo to clean it up, so now when it's 90 degrees outside we have a lovely smell on our porch. It's driving us crazy.

This weekend we're going to look into how we can block it off and keep the porch and yard looking nice. I'm sure we'll have to get it installed and painted and then landscaped! Ugh! These little guys can cost us lots of $$$ in so many different ways. I'm scared he's going to run into a snake or a wasp under there so we have to do it for his safety and our noses!

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For sure block that off! Carmen isn't a puppy but she got in the habbit of hanging out under the bed when we had it lifted. My DH's uncle told us a story about how his dog went under the bed to hang out and couldnt come out because his collar got stuck somewhere underneath the bed!! Needless to say there is no space under the bed anymore because that is just too scary. If you can't reach they shouldnt be allowed in there!

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Same problem Dawn! We just added a great screened porch but Scooter goes under there and goes poo. We can't reach him, or the poo to clean it up, so now when it's 90 degrees outside we have a lovely smell on our porch. It's driving us crazy.

This weekend we're going to look into how we can block it off and keep the porch and yard looking nice. I'm sure we'll have to get it installed and painted and then landscaped! Ugh! These little guys can cost us lots of $$$ in so many different ways. I'm scared he's going to run into a snake or a wasp under there so we have to do it for his safety and our noses!
I went Home Depot today. And it looks like the best option is to screen it off with a wood border. The materials won't cost but $50. But my Hubby has no handy man skills what so ever. So we will have to pay someone to do it. That will cost a fortune. But if your husband is handy, then you could probably have him do it for pretty cheap.

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