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Anyone else have a Houdini dog?

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CQ Tue 02-Dec-14 14:27:21

Bastards have found another way out of the garden. I despair. I have spent literally thousands on fencing since we moved here, it looks like a deer park.

I have just been out scouting in hedges and borders to see how the hell they got out last night at 11 o'clock and I can't find any holes. Which means they must have scrambled out. Which means I am going to have to replace another 30m run of fence on my neighbour's side of the the hedge, as it's currently only 4ft tall there and I think they must have scrambled over it after a deer or a fox.

Why can't they just be happy in the garden? It's a lovely big garden. They get lots of exercise. I am home most of the day. They get lots of stimulation. They must hate me sad

I hated them at 11 o'clock last night when I was running up our road in my dressing gown with a torch. Thankfully a very quiet, semi rural road.

One of them in particular will always bolt, given a chink of opportunity. Wail.

Rant over.

Please tell me I'm not alone.

EasyToEatTiger Tue 02-Dec-14 19:07:08

You are not alone! I feel your pain, I really do! Our bastard dog used to run away, stick 2 fingers up when he got close and off he'd go again. For hours. Like you, we were semi-rural. We eventually took him to a dog whisperer, which I've been slated here for doing, but I had tried working with a massive array of behaviourists, none of whom had anything to add, but to keep him on a lead permanently. In the process of this guidance, I got pulled over, got tangled up, got nasty rope burns... Since we took said dog to the whisperer, he became much more like dealing with a normal dog, and has become a fabulous hound to have around.

GinAndSonic Tue 02-Dec-14 19:11:32

My mams jack russells are escape artists. They now take a running jump at the hedge, straight over the fence and through the hedge in her back garden. Shes at her wits end. They go for a walk then come and bark at the front door to come in when they are bored.

CQ Tue 02-Dec-14 21:47:22

YY to the sticking two fingers up - CQDog1 looks back at me and I can see her thinking 'piss off' and off she goes. And I cannot get near her even with luscious treats. She never goes far as she's a complete wuss, just likes to have a sniff around all the neighbours gardens and probably crap on their lawns. She comes back when she's good and ready. I have been known to send the builder out to get her back as she is a complete tart and will happily run up to any man angry

EasyToEatTiger tell me more about the dog whisperer. Do you mean Cesar Milan type or something else? God knows I've tried enough trainers and behaviourists. BIL who is a self-appointed twat dog expert says I'm too soft on them and what they need is more beatings when they do something wrong. Oh yes, that'll make them come straight back to me then won't it hmm

EasyToEatTiger Tue 02-Dec-14 22:25:16

No. Absolutely NOT the Cesar Milan type!!!Could you pm me? I think what it basically amounted to was, a small shift in our behaviour to recognise ddog as a working dog, and to get him on side.

goshhhhhh Wed 03-Dec-14 16:22:49

Just out of curiosity & completely missing the point of the a new dog owner ...Can someone tell me what a dog whisperer is & how they differ from a behaviouralist please.

SistersOfPercy Thu 04-Dec-14 23:08:37

He can't get out of the garden, but Murphy's latest trick is to open his crate...
He has a fabric crate and sleeps with my 17 year old dd overnight. She fastens him in otherwise she ends up with him on her head. He's fathomed out if he paws at the zips they part just enough for him to get his snout through then push to open and escape. We now have to clip the zips together or she ends sleeping with a Scottie dog...

He's also figured out how to open the washing machine and empty it helpfully hmm

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