I've posted other questions about my newfoundland here recently... but this is a totally different question. I am a SAHM so Sissy is indoors for the most part. However, when I do have to leave to go the store or whatever I have to put her outside. I have avey large fenced yard which would be perfect for her but she can open gates and has dug 5 holes under the fence to get out and she has been successful at that. SO... we had to stake her out for a while (maybe a hour at a time) but that was a disaster! Next... we bought a large dog pen to keep her in and she has torn it up... The problem is... we live by a very busy street and we have lost several pets through the years due to that road and when I do have to put her out without supervision I dont want her to get hurt or worse... Does anyone have any suggestions? It's weird b/c when she's in the house she's so calm and just lies around.. When she's out she goes crazy like she HAS to get out of this yard!! HELP!!
i thought the same thing, why not leave her in the house when gone and leave the backyard for playing and just being out there with her (and pottying)? she could be crated or gated in the house if needed.
why do you need to leave her outside when you are gone? if she is so calm indoors why cant she stay in? if it is an absolute neccessity to put her out then i would back the fence up with an invisible fencing system that runs the perimeter of the fence about 2 feet in from the fence. that will help keep her away from the fence so she cannot climb it or dig under it.
On some of the other dog forums I am a member of that's what some of the other members use and successfully. They put an invisible fence along the perimeter of the chain link fence or what ever else they are using.It keeps the dog in. Your best bet though would be to keep the dog in and only have the dog out when your home.
I like the invisable fence idea! I had not thought of that. I do think it sounds like separation anxiety. Unless your newfie is also doing this when you are home. I know I need a break for my dogs and put them out. I would make being outside fun for her. Fill a KONG with peanut butter and give it to her only when she is outside. Play with her more outside too. I wouldn't leave her alone unsupervised until you find a better way to keep her safe. I agree with the others leave her in while you are away. She hasn't been in your home long. This may make her anxious.
Well, I've never tried to leave her alone in the house by herself but I really don't want any accidents in the house... when I'm here I can let her out but when I'm not... BIG MESS. I guess I could give it a try to see how she does... Thanks!
I would suggest getting a crate to prevent accidents in the house. I never leave my dogs outside unattended. Where I live, I have a fenced in yard and a fairly busy street out front. I have no backyard. You just never know what people can do while your dog is outside alone. They could come and let your dog out, your dog can out and get hit by a car or someone could steal your dog (yes, it happens). Good Luck :)
I guess I will have to put her in a crate when I have to leave... Today, i went to my moms house (for less than an hour) and i thought I'd try leaving her in to see what happened.... From what I could see the dog went insane!! The cushions were torn off of the couch, the blinds were nearly ripped down and the clothes that were folded on the couch were everywhere! She calmed down shortly after I got back home but I'm at my wits end with her! I think she may tear the crate up if I did put her in it! Has anyone else had a problem like this?
We always crate our dogs when we're not at home. For digging under the fence, we cut a 12" -18" wide strip of chicken wire or field fence, attach it to the bottom of the fence and bend it at a 90 degree angle, burying it 2 or 3 inches and extending out into the yard about a foot. Beagles are notorious for digging under fences so we've had to do this to our fenceline - we have 1.25 fully fenced acres. When we place a pet puppy in a new home we require that the new owners secure their fenceline, too, before the puppy can go home.
It sounds like your dog have separation anxiety. It looks for you when you are not home. Also is your dog neutered or spayed? Most dog wil leave their area in search of a mate. You can leave toys or games for your dog to play with while you are away.
If this is separation anxiety, you'll have to seek remedies for the disorder. In severe cases owners will have medication to help with the training. Separation anxiety is about training. She needs to learn how to relax when you are not there. The destructive behavior is the only way she knows how to deal with the situation. She needs a desensitization exercises to help. There are books out there on this disorder to help you with strategies to hopefully fix the problem. Separation anxiety is most times a result of over stimulation between owner and dog. The owners actually teach the dog to be anxious. For example. When you leave to go out, some people shower the pet with affection, then the animal is left alone, it will be anxious to see the owner again. So it thinks about the return of the owner which makes him anxious and thus he acts out. Owners really need to ignore there pets more, they are being way over stimulated, and paying the price. In an exercise to reduce stress, comeings and goings should not be made to be a big deal. The exercise will have the owner go in and out of the house a hundred times in a row till the dog becomes sort of bord of the whole thing/ used to it. Theres a lot more to this, so talk to your vet about looking into a treatment.
I don't think that she is overstimulated here, but she could have been by her previous owner... She follows me around everywhere in the house which I found to be kind of odd... she has to be with someone (mostly me) at all times... I'll look at some books to see what I can do. I'm sure this has something to do with her sudden change of environment. I don't personally know the lady who gave her to my dad...my dad immediately brought her to us b/c he does not have a fence and my mom did not want the dog indoors... anyway, I'm just hoping that time will make things better for her.
Newfoundlands are very very people oriented, it does sound like seperation anxiety to me. I've heard many breeders say they have to be with you at all times. If you havent gotten one arleady, invest in a dog crate for her. You can head to a hardware store and get the large flat flagstones pretty cheap. Line the entire inside of your fence with them until it extends out about 1 to 1 1/2 feet inside the fence. Most dogs instinctively try to dig up under the fence right where the fence meets the dirt, the flagstones lining it can confuse them and stop somediggers, as they will have to dig under the flagstones (which do a great job of getting in the way) and the fence itself. Get gravel and mix it with dirt to fill in the places she has already dug, so it is uncomfortable for her to dig. Also, get a dog nail trimmer and trim her nails down as short as they will go without reaching the quick (or take her to a groomers). Again, this can help with digging as it is uncomfortable for her to dig. Start crate training her. Start obedience trianing with her. You should probably get her spayed as well, honestly. It certainly won't hurt and will be one les sthing for you to worry about in the event she does get out of your yard. You say she tore up an outdoor kennel? How exactly did she tear it up?
I have a crate, but is 3years not too old to crate train? I could try... The outdoor kennel we just purchased and installed is a 10x10 an okay size for her no longer than she's in there, but she somehow ripped the chain link up from the bottom pole of the kennel and made a hole big enough for her to get through. I've never seen anything like it!
There should be an post that runs acrossed the bottom to prevent this. Does your run have posts on all four sides of each wall? If it does maybe you need more hooks to keep the link held tighter to the posts.