My 26 year old son has a 3 year old female pitbull we love having at our house. We have known her since she was 8 weeks old. We have a yard for her 6 foot cedar fenced, 25 feet long, and 8 feet wide. She and the neighboor dog always bark back and forth with no problem... WELL yesterday I let her out and she was running along the bottom of the fence "tracking" I think a rodent. she got down and started growling back and forth, grabbed the fence board with her teeth and ripped it off, and started thru. I grabbed her, yelled "NO" and pulled her out, and stood in front of the space while my 14 year old son brought her in. I scolded her by showing her the board, and yelled "NO"NO" my husband fixed it and showed her and said "BAD DOG" my son comes over and when they go out to see it, the dog layed down, knowing she did wrong. My son put her nose on the fence and said "NO,BAD DOG" Shes really a good dog and only did this bad thing once.. She knows she did wrong, but im afraid it will happen again,, any ideas of precausions i can take. Obviously she does not like rats!
I am a dog trainer, the dog layed down, not because it knew it had done wrong, but because the dog assocaites discpline with your son, showing a dog an object it has destroyed, after the fact is fruitless and cause more and more problems. my suggestion, is a different fence, which could be quite expensive, or simply supervising the dog outside. you have to catch them in the act of doing something, in order to correct it. dogs are present minded and showing them a destroyed object does not make them recall there past behavior.
Thank you Becky and Gunny, I thought this would be a good yard for the dog to play too, but since she is mostly an indoor dog. I will supervise her when she is out. I took her out this morning and stayed with her.. we are looking into putting 4 X 4"s along the bottom or maybe a roll of cyclone fencing too! we have her every weekend for the last 2 years and this is the first time she has done that... And yes my son is the owner and disiplinary. I am reading up on dogs and puppies (we got one of hers, 8 weeks old) and learning about "immediate disaproval", which "I" did... thanks for replys.
***Edited By: jadesmaster on 7/17/2005 1:58:56 PM*** Reason: mispelled a word
My best friend's dog used to do that. They would nail it back and then nail more boards horizonally. The inside of the fence looked terrible LOL and she had to stand at the window and watch while the dogs were out.
I wonder if you could staple chicken wire to the inside of the fence? Then she couldn't get a grip on the boards easily.
Ok I went to Petco and explained the problem, he suggested Electric fence kit too. It installs quickly and we put it nose high, its sends a small "zap" as a reminder to stay away from the fence if she touches it.,, she touched it twice and now wont go near it.. its affordable cost $69.00 When she learns to stay away from the fence, we can remove it. Thanks for all the suggestions
chicken wire or hardware wire will stop the board pulling. My female shepherd pulls the boards off our wood fence (i should say used to pull them off) we put up chickenwireand left some laying on the ground. Then we staked the part that was on the ground into the ground with fencing stakes and stapled the rest to the fence. Then for asthetic reasons, hubby went behind me stapling/staking and repainted the entire fence-- now you cant even tell there is chicken wire on the fence unless you are close to it. This prevents the boards from coming off and the dog from digging. Chickenwire is easier to use than hardware wire but they both work well. Rabbit or hog wire would work well too. The only thing with electric wire fencing is that it only takes one stick or one blade of grass to ground it out and then you have no charge to the wire anymore. Dogs ( and other animals) can tell when the electic fence is on and working. good luck
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