Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Butte, MT
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In answer to both issues above: Jasper has learned to wait while I put his harness on and off. He knows harness means walk or ride in the truck or four wheeler; all of which he loves! He'll ring that bell while we get ready to go. The word "Go" (for a walk, ride) is his trigger. So the bell is his language to open the door.
As to the hole in the fence: When Jasper was tiny he could fit through the wrought iron fence along the front yard. All the other fences were solid cedar. I bought a $2 bouncy ball at Walmart, sewed a drawstring bag to fit it, pulled the drawstring tight and tied it to a carabiner. this I attached to a thin leash attached to his harness, This way we could play freely or work in the yard, and if he fit through the fence the ball could not. The ball became a favorite toy. He no longer needs it attached, but he Loves to play soccer.
Obviously, we never left him unattended with the ball attached, but it gave him some freedom to run and play.