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#1 Allison

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 10:49 AM

I keep a pretty close eye on the dogs.  I don't like them barking excessively (our neighbors are pretty close), so when I hear them start to bark, I am right out the door.  Kooskie is just at the end of her "Oh, listen to my voice!" stage.  

 

She has learned that as long as she is not barking excessively, she can stay out under her own direction and chase the squirrels.  She loves this pastime.

 

Saturday, I heard her barking up a storm, and I was right out the door into the back yard, but she was not there. ??????!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I hear her voice in the front, which means she is past the fence.  I run through the house into the front to see her barking like a bi*ch, at a small dog on leash, being held by a small lady, walking down the road in front of our house.

 

"Oh! I am so sorry!" I yell, and much to her credit, Kooskie abandons the chase and returns to me, into the house, as soon as I give her 'the whistle'.

 

Okay. Good dog.  She came when I called.  I will tackle the "be nice" thing later. However, now we have a problem.  How did she escape, and now that she has, how do I keep her from doing it again?

 

I thought she jumped the fence, but on closer examination, found a tunnel she had dug under the fence.  I found two tunnels.  One was not yet finished.  

 

I figured I had two options, fill in the tunnels and make it difficult to dig there again, or rent her out for prison breaks.

 

I am keeping a close watch on her activities.  As with so many problems, just spending more time with her has distracted her from her tunneling sideline.   I wore her out with tennis balls and frisbees, and she stuck so closely to me the rest of the weekend--it just melts your heart.

 

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 05:41 PM

TUNNELS!!! Oh, my...i can see it in my mind's eye...they do melt your heart, though, don't they? <sigh>....amazing dog minds... :wub:



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 05:50 AM

Aaaaah yes, the great tunnel escape.  I hope this talent fades for you soon Allison. Two Step, my escape artist, who knows how to unlock the latches on my gates, (now there are locks on them) dug under the fence, (now it's been blocked with large pieces of wood from trees, like the trunks, that I had to cut down and stabilized with rods of rebar), take the lid off the can where his food is kept, (bungie chords are great for that) push through doors that weren't closed completely, (still going on). Finally he got over it ALL when he realized I had blocked his way.  Well......He will still test the food can.  What a rascal.  At least he never surfed the counters...ha ha.  It took about two years before he realized he couldn't dig out.  Why so long?  Well my garden is a hand full of acres, and there was ALWAYS another way out.  He would either find it or create it. Good luck.


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 09:30 AM

Oh no... 

 

Why is it that my smallest one is the trickiest?


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 12:46 PM

Coffey is a great digger / tunneler too! We have had to run fencing wire under the ground in some places AND keep filling in the holes!

Coffey at almost 2 years old doesn't tunnel much anymore but still enjoys the dig!!!!!!!

 

Good luck!  She will tire of it (mostly) someday. yes?






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