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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Running all over the neighborhood

How do you handle this situation. Gyrff is usually always on his leash. We have a large yard and I generally keep him off the leash when we eat outside on the deck. He hangs with us when we eat. Today (and lately) he slowly takes to the woods and then proceeds to run through the neighborhood and won't come back! As if there could be anyplace better than our house. Anyway, when I finally catch him, what is the best thing to do? I put him in his crate right now, but I know that you aren't supposed to use the crate for any type of punishment.

I know some of you will say that he shouldn't have the opportunity to get into the situation in the first place, but since it happened, what is the best course of action?

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I know some of you will say that he shouldn't have the opportunity to get into the situation in the first place, but since it happened, what is the best course of action?

Dumb dog.
No not dumb dog. Curious, adventurous dog! Yeah you got it, that's the first thing that comes to mind. I can't really imagine that now that he's tasted freedom that you're going to get it under control. Dogs are much like young children, give them an inch and they'll take a mile! I would say to work on recall...but that's not really the answer. It's a good trick for emergency situations, but not for everyday use. You need to make sure he is restrained so he doesn't run off and get hurt or lost. I know you would be heartbroken if anything were to happen!

**I use the crate as a time out for bad behavior sometimes. I don't know if that would be adviseable for you though since you are trying to crate train Gryff. My guys already consider the crate a good place, so when used as a time-out, it doesn't scare them off their crate but keeps them away from the very next best good place which is by me.

Can you get some type of fencing up?
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Fencing - not really. I am on two acres. He is like a kid with his ears plugged going "La La La" when I try and call him! He's good with recall if he's on his long lead. He did pass the CGC. He's just a total stinker!

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How about an ex pen outside? His running around the neighborhood can be very dangerous and I shudder to think of the possibilities. I remember when Milo used to dig his way under the fence to visit my neighbor's yard every day. It was very enticing for him since they threw out leftover pizza for the birds. I finally had to have someone come in and dig down a little further and lay two posts in sideways so there's no longer the possibility. And not a moment too soon since I now have Houdini to worry about.

With all the stories we read about the little angels who break loose, I'd really worry.

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Is there a possibility to do a invisible fence in the area you would like him to stay.


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Fencing - not really. I am on two acres. He is like a kid with his ears plugged going "La La La" when I try and call him! He's good with recall if he's on his long lead. He did pass the CGC. He's just a total stinker!

I know the "LA LA LA" trick well. Rufus likes to lollygag when he's called and I sure wouldn't like to have him off lead and try to get him to come. How about Geri's idea of an ex-pen when you're on the deck?
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I could put up a baby gate on both sides of the deck. I could also put him on his long lead and tie him to the deck, which I've done. I love giving him the freedom to run in the yard, but as soon as he hits the woods, he takes off to the development behind our house. Well, I can't have that, so it's game over for him!

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Ivy, you silly girl! You really do not expect him to hang out with the family when he has figured out that there are all these cool things to see and you can't easily catch him. He his like many teenagers, her would rather beg forgiveness than ask for permission.
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How about a really long tie-out? It would give him more freedom than an ex-pen, but you'd know that he wouldn't be able to get away....

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I'm not generally in favor of an electric fence but maybe this would be a great place to use one. We had to in one house and it worked excellent. Their little collar warns them if they are getting to the no-no zone. It kinda makes a high pitch sound.

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