So. Roommate issues. They basically, despite my constant warnings and outright pleads(!) to make sure they close doors behind them SECURELY because Kuma, being a Shiba, WILL door bolt.
And it's happened more than enough times; at least 4 or 5.
Funny, it never happens when I'M home with him, but when I'm out and the roommates aren't paying attention, sure enough, Kuma will be out in the big street just asking to get run over.
My roommate (who has the Shih Tzu puppy) basically chastised me for not having him trained "well enough". ALSO she did admit she's never heard of the breed before, and wanted me to administer physical discipline (as she does to her dog) when he doesn't listen. She thinks I'm too lax.
And she gave me the third degree for making her waste her time for chasing him around, when it was her fault that my dog got out. Regardless, in keeping peace with people that I have to live with for many more months, I apologized and tried to explain myself (and the dog) without getting too defensive.
I mean what can I say? She's not super dog savvy, and she doesn't get why my breed isn't as "easy" as hers. Shibas don't bounce back easily when they're hit as punishment, and they're super stubborn to begin with.
Well, back to the main issue.
I've heard that some Shibas will even run through electric fencing if need be. Will it be wise to invest in it? I mean, not even to keep him outside, just to have a method of containment IF he gets outside.
I think it will teach him not to bolt out into the street but would never trust it for him being outside alone with just the underground fence.
Have you just tried the electronic collar to train him from bolting? I did that the underground fence but just didn't work for me. The e collars IMO are a life saver! Once the collar is on my dogs they act like they are the best trained dogs in town! LOL
I don't correct them just tone them. I very rarely have to correct with a stimulation. They now can even run by the cattle and stay on the path instead of chasing the cattle. To me this was a big success!
Nope, no storm door, this is Nevada where it's hot and dry. Lol.
But honestly, this shouldn't even be happening! There's ONE front door that we barely use. The rest of the time we use the garage to get in/out of the house. And the garage is accessed through the laundry room! So basically there is one door, the laundry room, and THEN the door that leads into the garage. I cannot possibly see why there should be a problem for everyone to just open one door, clear the laundry area of any dogs, and then proceed to close that door before opening the second door, which even THAT should be reinforced by a CLOSED garage door, which is left open half the time for no apparent reasons.
I did try it with my two, but as oon as Tonka learned that he could run through it and be fine on the other side it wasn't even a deterant. If anything it made him run faster to get through it, but his breeder uses one with great results. The difference is that I bought the one they sell at wal-mart, and she has the super strength one you pay to have installed that has higher levels. The wal-mart one tonka would stand one the line with his muscles jolting from the shock not even caring. If you can afford to invest in the professional one and train train train your dog then it could be an answer. I really think that the biggest key to the invisible fence is the training.
Long long ago when I had an Old English Sheepdog. I taught him never to go beyond the perimiter of the yard. Even if he slipped out the door, he stop as soon as he reached the curb. The training might see to harsh for some people. But I felt it was better than the dog getting hit by a car.
So here is how you do this. You get a well fitted choke collar. You need to make sure you know how to put it on properly and how to place it in the right position. I had a 50 foot nylon web training lead much like a lunge line for a horse. I would let the dog out the door, and he would immediately run for the street. Right when he got to where he needed to safely stop, I would yell his name and give the lead a very hard tug. The dog actually had to make a few flips. But he finally got to the point, when you yelled his name, he stopped dead in his tracks. Then we began to repeat the process off lead.(always looking to make sure no cars were coming & having an helper).
I think Wiley's idea is a good one too. I have a friend who has a training collar like Wiley describes. But she actually got in through an obediance class she signed up for. I think the class was around $500, but it included the collar and control and 8 or 10 weeks of classes to actually train the dog with it.
So training the dog it going to be your best option, because roomates have been a pain since the beginning of time and will always continue to be pains. I am currently looking for one myself, but am afraid if I look to hard, I might actually find one.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
I would tell her I didn't appreciate the rant. Tell her it would be more constructive and less harsh on a pretty important relationship, if she would read some info on your breed in order to help you with the solution by brain storming once she has more education on the subject.
We have an underground fence for our Huskies, which is a breed that also bolts out of doors. We are VERY happy with it. For your situation though, I would recommend what Wiley said. Sounds like it would be a better solution for you...
I also agree with Ruffian, if you do decide to get an underground fence, get a really high quality one. We got one from SportDog. It is made for hunting/highly motivated dogs. We have NEVER had a problem... there is a huge difference in quality and your chances of success.