I just recently started having trouble with Bentley and Daisy and them running to the neighbors houses- its a small subdivison so were close. They never use to do this and now if they have company walk to their door my dogs are barking and running over to their house- I hate even taking them out because if they see some one out in their yard my dogs go blazing off to their yard barking their heads off. Both neighbors think my dogs are the cutest things ever and they are always they are fine- when i say im sorry and try and catch them to drag their butts back home. what can i do besides leash them when we go out? we are considering a kennel but really what will that do? I want to fence in the yard but hubby dont want to. Im not going to put them on a chain and i am with them every second they are out side, i keep their attention on me and not the neighbors but i know as soon as they see some one they are going to run off barking if i cant keep their attention on me. alot of times they will stop and walk back to the house with me- a few times they wont listen and take off. were far from the road so it isnt that they will get run over but now i start to wonder what if they start running down to the end of the drive way? even tho our house is a good distance from the road. this really started when the one neighbors beagle ran up into my yard and Daisy ( she acts so tough all the time) ran off yelping like this dog was attacking her but never came close to her- ive never heard Daisy yelp like this before i guess this beagle scared the crap out of her and Bentley went running at the beagle i guess to save Daisy even tho Bentley is way smaller and 7 pounds and this beagle is 6x his size and Daisy is also 3x Bentleys size. but now since this , they both run into both the neighbors yards. the one neighbor ahve the underground fencing so their dogs dont come over here but sit and bark at mine all day- and they have a huge lab and a newfie. the other side is the state troopers house with the beagle and he chains his dog up now that he keeps running to my house, anyone know what i can do to stop this? im embarssed when i have to chase my dogs down- and they dont listen to me . they normally do listen some what and if i can be right in front of Daisy to keep her mind off the nieghbors she does fine, Normally its Daisy that takes off and then Bentley follows. sorry so long this has been driving me crazy the past 2 weeks and i dont know what to do to have them know their grounds which they have always known before the boarder of our property and didnt cross over to their yards.
a leash, a regular fence, an invisible fence, or some hard core obedience lessons from a trainer because your dogs have now got it in their head that they dont have to listen to you when you ask them to come back to you.
you have been having this issue for awhile now. i remember you posting about it months ago and getting advice then. don't bank on them never running down the drive into the street.
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I would have put a kennel up for them already. Why doesnt hubby want to fence the yard, it is so much safer for everyone that way. In a kennel to play off lead, retractable or regular lead when out of the kennel.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
I also remember this coming up months ago, and I have to ask why why why aren't you putting your dogs on a leash when you leave the house? You are setting yourself up for heartbreak, IMHO. Your dogs need obedience lessons, and even then you should never let them off a leash outside an enclosed space (kennel or fenced in yard) unless you are absolutely sure you can get them to return to you when you call.
If you had followed the advice given months ago when you brought up a similar matter, perhaps you wouldn't be still having the same issues (or even worse ones, since now you have two dogs).
I know you love your dogs, they are your babies, but let me ask this.. If you had a child, and if every single time you took your three year old child outside, the kid ran off down the street without a care in the world, ignoring every request and order to come back, deliberately evading you and running off to potentially dangerous places and doing their own thing, would you ever let go of your child's hand when you went out the door?
Why are you letting your dogs risk their lives by doing the same? Think about how devastated you would be if Bentley was run over by a car and you had to take his broken and bleeding body home. Is using a leash all that hard, compared to the thought of this?
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/22/2007 2:03:45 PM*** Reason: add
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I live in the mountains in a remote community where dogs of all sizes run free. NOT mine, my Pom was attacked by a Rotty that jumped our fence, it was vicious and my baby did not survive. My husband and I were devastated and decided to make our fence higher than 5 feet, we raised it to 7 feet and it keeps other dogs out and mine in. My neighbors let their Chihuahuas run in the road and I have almost hit them a time or two because they are so little. I told their daughter who was out playing with them in the road that she should have them on a leash or in a fenced yard before someone hits them. I worry about these dogs all the time and look for them when I am driving but we get tourists and they do not look. It hurts me when I see a dog hit on the road because it could have been prevented by a fence. I do not believe in chaining a dog it makes them crazy and mean and unsocial. A Chihuahua should never be tied or chained due to their size and the chance of a big dog getting them they could not run. Does your husband share your love of these babies? If so he should be willing to protect them at all cost. Even a large dog run in the back yard or side yard would work. I used to foster dogs and one of the adoption agreements was they had to have a fenced yard or dog run. I had a litter of pups and when finding homes for them I let them go to homes only with fenced yards and yes I did go there and check that is how much I love animals and my babies. I hope you find a solution that works for you. Pet smart makes a portable fence in several heights that might be the solution. They fold up flat to store anywhere. I have two and put them together when we go camping or visiting. Good Luck! Forgot to mention I have 14 Chihuahuas and 2 Pit bulls and they love each other so much.
I can't tell you how many people I've heard say the same thing as you. "My dog wont stay in the yard, we're not fencing it. Blah blah blah". Well, their dogs are all dead now.
So, I'd say get a fence, a tie out, leash them... or be prepared to have them hit by a car. Sorry to be blunt. I don't want you to go through that heartache. Dogs will be dogs, they will go after scents, other dogs, animals, etc.
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Ok first off just to say this again my dogs arent in ANY danger of getting hit by a car. They dont run down to the road . Our home is on a big hill and the road is about 1/2 mile from our house to the end of the road- so i have never been worried about them being run over. And i dont see it being easy at all to put 2 play full pups on a leash to go out and go potty? they dont like be being right there with them when they go so i dont see that working. It is the neighbors house that they have run over to, and this has happened 5 times since ive had my dogs so it doesnt happen only rarly but i dont want it to happen more often and i am always worried that they will run to the neighbors. The neighbors think they are the cutest and of coarse dont care but i do. Im embarsed that they run over barking and im chasing after them. when NORMALLY they do listen to me and will stop when i tell them to. But ever since the state police officers beagle came charging into my yard at Daisy she now has been wanting to go over when she sees this dog chained up- but only happend once since the dog came over . And them going to the other neighbors was the first ever! and never have since. so they do listen, they arent in any danger of getting hit by a car, but i do need to do something tho i guess to insure this wont become a problem and i wont have to worry about them going over- they know where our yard ends ( we have a line of high grass between our property on each side) and they dont normally cross. invisable fencing wont stop the beagle and this other big shaggy looking thng that comes in our yard. and we are talking about fencing and have checked into kennels. Of coarse we love our dogs like they are our children and they are treated as such. Its just more embaressing tho then anything when they have ran barking at the neighbor, never safty reasons ever. My dogs dont even to half way to the road- they dont even cross the tree we have and it would take them some time to get to the road and by then i would have gotton their attention to stop them and also its a private road so not many cars come down here at all and if it did matter every one does drive very slow because of kids that do live on the private road- but again im checking into fencing my back yard- the reason hubby isnt wanting to fence in the yard is becasue of underground sprinklers and if we jsut fence in a certain area for the dogs then they will be confined to that area when our hole 2.2 acres have underground sprinklers so he jsut doesnt know where we would fence in the yard for the dogs- we woudlnt want the hole yard done. just something for the dogs . so maybe a large out side kennel?
An outdoor kennel would work, even a large ex-pen. But you would have to walk them to the kennel and put them in it? If so that would get tiresome.
As already mentioned, you could do the invisible fencing if sprinklers are a concern. No need to put the invisible fence around your whole property, just an area large enough for the dogs. The only thing I'm not sure about, if I remember correctly your dogs are small, and those invisible fence collars are bulky.
Can you put up a fence around a small area adjacent to the house? Maybe like PVC picket-style fencing if you want something that looks a little nicer.
Do you have any trees in your yard? If so they make these things that you atatch them to two trees that are the farest apart. Then a long leash type thing makes it so they can run across. That would be nice and the wouldn't be in any danger of chocking and would have plenty of room. I hope that helps :)
Well I wont bother telling you to put up a fence, so I guess your just going to have to make it more desireable to stay with you. Stop giveing them treats in the house. But when your outside call them to you continuously and reward them for doing so, but then send them off to play after each treat.I would practice frequently instead of waiting till you need them to stay with you. Use something totally awsome like hotdog slices or something. Get yourself the invisible fenceing.
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just to add to this that happened to one of my nieghbors that my hubby did. my nieghbor never had his min pin fenced in . he's has this dog for about 8 years always wandering in the road. i got home from work the other night and hubby told me he hit carls min pin. he stopped his truck and the dog was laying in the road screaming. he brought the dog back to his house .i told hubby to go back and see how his dog is doing . i hope the dog is ok , he's so small.
the moral of this post is ,all it takes is one time and a split second , and something real bad can happen.the worse part is because the dog was so small and his truck is huge ,he didn't even know he hit his dog. only by looking in his rear view mirror and seeing the dog in road did he know.
1/2 mile away from the road or not, I wouldnt allow them to run loose, though my breed is more ntotorious for it,only a split second or them seeing something that is blowing by that catches their eye to set them into chase mode can get them hit. Put up a fence in a small section by the side of the house then. Untill that is done, if the dogs dont go potty when you are nearby, then put them on a flexi lead, this allows them space to go out away from you to do their business.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
The safest thing is for you to securely fence in your yard or have your dogs on a leash. As the last poster said - your neighbors must drive the 1/2 mile from the road. What if one of your dogs is running to one neighbors house while another neighbor is driving up to their house and accidentally hits your dog? What if you are outside with your dogs and your husband comes home and accidentally hits your dog? I would never let Lacy outside without being on a leash unless it's a secure fenced in yard. And even then I would be out there with her or watching her from inside. My parents live out in the country and live pretty far off a highway (a few hundred feet). Even when visiting there I would not let Lacy off leash in their yard because she could run off (she doeesn't listen well either). And I can't tell you how many dogs my family had growing up that were outside dogs and got hit by cars because they were running lose. In fact, our schnauzer was accidentally hit by my dad as he was pulling up to the house. It's just too dangerous. My cousin's maltese was also recently ran over because she ran out of the yard onto a street and was hit by a car. I know you say that they are a 1/2 mile away from traffic, but your neighbors, husband, or even visiting friends could accidentally run over your dogs. I know you say that you don't think they would go being on a leash, but they will learn to. Since being on a leash would be something new, they would have to get used to pottying on it. Trust me - they won't hold it forever. They'll go.