Even at that, There are no dog parks anywhere near us. Let me explain my situation a little better so you will understand, I live in far from a great house, we are moving in to a little bit bigger one because I just ended up getting custody of my sister, right now we live in a 1970's mobile home with 2 bedrooms(great huh?) not by choice really but I got kicked out of the house when I was 17 and me and my fiancee' had to live somwhere and this is all we could afford, we have lived here for four years and are slowly trying to move up and into better stuff. There has been so many things going on including some medical problems and that has really dampered our financial situation. I want to keep her and still have her be happy but also not completely put us into debt. I am slowly running out of options. I know she needs to run and I thought agility training would help but it seems to have actually made it worse a little. My heart does not want to give her up but my mind is telling me to let her go where she can get what she needs. I just don't know what to do.
It is hard for me because I have never given a dog away, in fact, I rehome dogs who were given away. (Shelter) But I am mostly concerned about the care that she will recieve, how do I know that she will get treated well? How do you (meaning anyone who has given away a dog or anyone who breeds and gives puppies away) know that you have chosen a good home? And also, to touch back on another subject, how do I know that she will not miss/resent me for giving her away? (Please do not take the term "given away" as meaning free, that is not what I meant)
oh no offense hoos. the dog park i go to is quite big, more like a dog ranch. i've never been to any others. my bc can go full out there. summer, that was a thought i had about finding another home, but i didn't want to bring it up. do you know any farmers with land you could take her to to visit sometimes to run?
I don't know any around here that wouldn't pitch a fit. I am not sure what the problem is with them, they just do not like anybody on their property at all. The only one that would be okay with it lives right next to two highways and so I wouldn't trust her not to head to the street. I am getting so very frustrated. I wanted this to work and I figured that since I had her as a pup, and started training right away that she would be okay but she has got drive in her that just wants to go. I have to think more about this but I think I am running out of options in keeping her and still having her be happy. Koda, is a lazy dog who just wants to be with people and Jayden loves everyone but also likes to do as she pleases.
well i feel for you. being in a good home where she can run i don't think she'd resent you; sometimes there's no other option. i'm not saying there is no other option in your case, but sometimes there's not.
we have a guy here in jersey that has border collies that he trains for geese patrol. he is hired by people to come and have his dogs chase geese away from golf courses, etc. maybe you could either re home jayden to someone like that or you could find someone in your area who does that and have them help train her for it and then lease her out. maybe her drive to run away is also a drive to do what comes as instinct to this breed and she is in search of something to do rather than just getting exercise. maybe that is why she doesn't run away when you have her other places because she is more focused on what she is doing? more of a mental rather than physical need?
I have thought of that but I do not know where to look for something like that. I live in Washington State. I want her to be happy and we try to stimulate her as much as possible but she just wants more, I am thinking she needs to go where she can work and still be very taken care of. We do live near an airforce base, but I am not sure if they have problems with birds at all. If anyone has any ideas on how or where to look for something like that or similiar, it would mean alot. I love Jayden but I also want her to be happy.
first off have you put a fence around the top of the pen so she can't climb out. My daughter daycare provider had the same problem with their Border Collie they had to build her a kennel. It is very large but has fence all the way across it and then around the edges on the bottem. the shepherd gets to run loose in the back yard. The other thing is you have had him at obecence classes and are doing agility have you talked to any of these trainer on training options. One might be the electric collar. If done properly they will learn fast and sometime just having it on will be enough for them to listen. Thats what the trainer out at the hunting club says. They always use collars on their hunting dogs, but most of the time the dog just has them on and the controls are never needed. Some dogs are programed like that to the prong collars also. I know a lot of people that as long as the prong collar is on the dog will listen even if its not attacted to a leash, but the minute it comes off they are an their own again. Just another opion to consider the electric collar, but talk to you agility instructor. Also can you set up some agility things in your yard. Thats what I do for my corgi. We have weave poles and I bought a hulla hoop for the tire jump. In one of the agility books you can buy they show you how to make agility equipment out of house hold items. Like take two chairs and put the broom across them to make a jump or you can use the chairs to make a tunnel. This may help with him energy plus gives you practice in between classes. good luck
My dog is on the prong collar and it has shown little effect on her. Is there an electric collar that does not require any installation on the property? The other thing is price, I don't want to sound petty and of course I would try to buy anything I could but if you read through all the posts, we are in a financial crunch right now. Also covering the kennel would work but she rarely climbs out, I just know she can, she prefers to dig out and Koda helps her. lol
well...1st of all i would like to say summergirl21 i have had to deal with a loss of a dog by her getting away and getting hit by a car my boxer her name was mya and one day my 8 yr old sis accidently let her lose :'' ( but anyway 2nd of all i live by a busy road also and have dogs of my own 2 infact one yorkie and had one boxer what we would do is have a really long lead for them and this worked perfect.... its either that or get one of those little invesible fence things they also work great...hope it helps you a little bit because i wouldnt ever want to give up my baby if i had her since that long b/c they will always be there for you no matter what they will always love you and its like haveing a kid and they mean the world to you and i would never wish that on anyone...so good luck ~~1~~
Well, I don't want to give her up, if you read she will chew normal leashes and she barks when tied up alone, also I REALLY do not trust my neighbors. They are the type to let her go and call the cops on a dog running loose. Jayden is going crazy here, when she is in the house, she paces all the time, when she is in the kennel she paces, she is only crated at night or in the car and she does well with that but other then that she just acts like she just can't sit still. We have tried running with her to wear her out and have even tried letting her off leash at night when there are less cars out but she just bolts. And then we have to drive around looking for her, and everytime she is going farther and farther away, yesterday, she ran over two miles away and had no intentions of coming back. We had no clue where she went and on a whim checked on a old highway not to far from our house and there they were still running. God only knows how far they would've gone had my fiancee' not found them.
If I read the previous posts correctly (I tend to read fast & get my facts wrong) you plan on moving sometime soon? Maybe you could find someone-a friend, relative, someone with a yard of course, to keep him for awhile until you are ready to move? Will your new place have a yard with a fence? I dont know, its a tough situation. Good luck! When I was younger we had the opposite problem. My brother & I found a golden retriever who had his ID tag on and we contacted the owner. The owner, for whatever reason, didn't pick up his dog until 2 days later. By then, this dog was staying with my family and playing/sleeping with our dogs. The owner FINALLY came to pick him up and the next morning we were leaving for school we opened the front door and the dog was asleep on our front porch!!! lol.
We are planning on moving and we are planning on putting a fence up but because of some unplanned and expensive medical reasons and bills, I don't know when we will be able to get a fence up. I will see if possibly one of my trainers or someone can take her for a while but I don't see that happening at all.
i really don't know what to say. i have a dog that is a runner also. he's an oppurtunist and when the kids come in and out is when he takes his chance and bolts. we can't chase him cause he goes into game mode so we let him go and he is usually back in a half an hour. what we have done is install a baby gat across the entrance from the living room to the kitchen. when my son is going to be in and out we put the gate across the entranceway so it acts as a barrier so he can't get to and out of the door. is there anyway maybe you can do that in your home?
Yeah, I agree with Scout, maybe a baby gate would work. Maybe he wouldnt hop it? When we need Abby to stay in the family room we put up a gate. She looks like an elephant behing a tiny fence but she hasnt realized she could easily scale it no problem.