One of my BFFs Miu is a chronic fence jumper. I can’t understand why she would want to do that. DixieLee and I have a really nice fenced yard where we can run and play all we want. Our fences is a linky chain kind so we can watch the squirrels and chickens run around on the big yard and watch the people and cars on the road. DixieLee likes to sit in the sunny part and I like to sit in the shade.
Miu also has a nice garden where she and her sister Bumo can run and play too but she says she jumps her fence because she loves being free to find other dogs and critters to chase. Her Mom isn’t so happy about the fence jumping because lots of the critters where they live have rabies and there are many other dangers awaiting a dog on the run.
We can play alone in our yard cuz our pen is right outside of our office windows and Mom can watch us without having to be outside but if you are an escape artist, having your human stay in the yard with you is a good way to break the habit.
When your human is in the yard watching you, he or she can distract you as soon as you get ready to bolt. We use lots of what our friend Eric the Amazing Dog Training Man calls “positive reinforcement” to break bad habits
Positive reinforcement means offering an alternative to jumping. Like when your human calls you and offers a toy or a treat or tells you what a good dog you are. We never get tired of hearing what good dogs we are. I’m pretty good about going to Mom when she calls but sometimes DL gets so into whatever she is doing, it’s like she doesn’t hear. That’s when Mom says AAHHHHH using her Stern Voice or shakes THE CAN. THE CAN is a soup can with a bunch of pennies in it that makes a horrible racket when Mom shakes it. It’s so horrible that it startles DL long enough to get her back in listening mode.
Dogs need lots of exercise and attention. If we aren’t getting enough of either, we get bored and look for ways to amuse ourselves. We get walks and Mom and Dad pet us and talk to us all the time.
Mui’s Mom has tried all kinds of tricks to keep her in the garden. Their fence is a garden wall which sounds very pretty and her Mom put big colorful pots along the top but Miu knocked them off and broke them. Needless to say her Mom was not happy.
Dogs are pretty smart when we want to be. Can’t get over the fence, go under. Dogs can fit through the smallest holes or gaps in a fence. When we had the fence built, there was a six inch gap between the fence post and the house. You guessed it! DL found it right away so Dad banged a pipe in the ground to make the space to small even for Houdini Dog.
Chicken wire can also be used in lots of different ways to help fortify a fence. There are way too many to make your fence jump proof for me to talk about in this blog so if you are a jumper or digger, tell your human to go on line and find out a way that works for you.
The yard should be a place where it is fun to be and a fence is the best way to keep us safe while we are having fun.
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