Post # 1
I have a 3 ½ yr old chi mix. She figured out she can jump our fence ( we have a 3 ft chain link fence around our whole yard) I tried putting tarp on one of the fences that she normally jumps but that doesn’t stop her. She will leave usually jump and roam the neighborhood when we are home, I don’t know if she even stays in our yard when we are gone I’m afraid animal control will pick her up or she will get ran over. People use our street to bypass a BUSY street. There are also a lot of big dogs down the street who aren’t behind a supported fence I’m afraid they will break out and get her.
I don’t know what to do. . . I don’t want to tie her up and I can’t leave her inside because she isn’t pad trained. We also have another Basset mix but she stays in our yard. There isn’t a way we can make the fence longer without getting a permit from the city. I am a renter I do not own the house. Someone told me to grease the fence so she will slip and not want to jump it anymore, but I don’t want her or my basset to try to lick the grease and get sick. Any ideas? I have thought about a dog run but they are over $200 because she will need one with the top closed.
Post # 3
She is spayed… she usually tries to run after the alley cats
Post # 5
Can you keep her inside in a crate? My puppy wasn’t house broken when we got her, but he kept her in a crate and took her outside to potty.
Post # 6
@MrsJVP: I would get her microchipped asap if she isn’t already. That is a must. I hate to say it, but have you considered getting a roofed pen for her? If it’s a chi, that seems like the best solution to me. Plus, then she could be in the shade all day too.
Something like the pic I just posted….
Post # 7
I suggest crate training her inside.
She’s a small dog and small dogs are desirable to dog nappers and easy prey for large birds/other animals.
Her jumping the fence is the least of your problems.
Spend some time and money on training her and bring her inside where she will be safe.
Post # 8
We had this issue with our Boston. We bought an invisible fence. The collar gives a warning if they get close to the border, then a little shock when they cross it. He only had to get the shock once or twice to learn to respect the border. I tried the collar on myself before putting it on him, so I knew what he would feel. Some folks might say that it’s inhumane, but it’s really for his safety…and like I said, he knows the boundary now and respects it.
Post # 9
Oh, and we don’t leave our dogs outside when we’re not home. I dont’ feel comfortable with that. I potty trained my dog through crating and highly reccommend it.
Post # 10
I think the solution is simple: you accompany your pup when she’s outside. She’s bored…she’s looking for something to do. I bet that if you were outside with her and played, she’s stay in the yard. 🙂
I have a logistical question for people who let their dogs out without going with them. How often do you clean up the little poop piles in your yard? I’m just curious…I’m in a condo, so we take our dog out to play and for potty breaks. We don’t have the option of letting him go out alone.
Post # 11
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: I can answer you side question. I’m in an apartment now and have to take our dog out on a leash but growing up, we just let our dogs out into the yard and they came to the door when they were done. We cleaned up piles right before every time we mowed the grass (piles of poo and lawn mowers shouldn’t mix – lol).
To the OP – crate train the dog inside, work on house-breaking, and don’t leave him outside unsupervised.
Post # 12
I agree with the electric fence if you can – even if you just run the line around your existing fence. My friendhad this issue – her dogs would jump, so she used both. Worked like a charm. She just ran the cable for the electric fence along her normal fence, rather than paying someone to bury it.
Post # 13
@trugem: i’m worried about keeping her locked in the house even when im home she hates being inside all day she loves the sun & laying in the grass
@MrsDulce: She is microchipped. im thinking i am probably just going to have to buy a dog run and put them both in there.
@KatNYC2011: she isn’t a typical Chi… shes is a chi mix so she is 20lbs.
@missrobots: how much do those cost? did it hurt when you put it on?
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: my dogs are trained to scratch at the door when they have to go out and when they are ready to come in they scratch. we do play with them & wlak them once a day when we are home… but we cant be with the all day beacuse we do both work. She never used to do this.. this is something she just started. She is so curious about the alley cats in our neighborhood, all of a sudden we have been getting more and more cats beacuse someone is feeding them.
and we clean the poop once a week, they usually go in a dirt patch in the back yard.
@snoie: Thanks i will have to look into that..
So our options are
Post # 14
@MrsJVP: My dog didn’t like it at first, but she got used to it. She goes in there by herself now.
Post # 15
We had this problem with our older dog and got the electric fence. My husband put it on himself as well to test it out (but our dog is more like 70 lbs). I know for some dogs it doesn’t work but for ours we showed him where he could and couldn’t go and they learn to associate the beep as stay away from this area. It took two shocks and he never got shocked again becausee the beeps became enough warning (and he learned where the fence was so stayed away). But if you go that route make sue you get one that if he does jump the fence he won’t keep getting shocked. It takes a bit of training because you want to teach them where to go without them learning by the shocks. But we were happy with it, if we leave the back door open so he can wander in and out our dog will stay outside most of the day during the summer just cause he loves it outdoors. I think he’s much happier that way than if we had to accompany him every time he went outside.
Post # 16
We didn’t like the electric fences – I always felt bad about them! My neighbor had a dog who always ran away/jumped the fence/dug his way under and they installed a puppy fence. It looks like the “puppy picket” on this vinyl fence page for these folks. Anyway, it’s a really nice looking fence and the dog hasn’t escaped since. 🙂
We don’t have a dog anymore (sad face) but I would def consider this one if we get another dog. I hate the thought of a dog running into the street or getting lost.