When I was growing up, we had a Rat Terrier, best little dog you could hope for. Except for the fact that he would bolt out the open door, if you didn't tackle him first, and run down the street, without a care in the world. I spent many hours chasing after him, running until I couldn't breathe anymore. He wouldn't stop until he was ready to. He'd sometimes turn around as I called out his name, but kept going the other direction.
Now that I look back, I realize that if he would have been neutered, chances are, he wouldn't have had to take his little "flukes" to go visiting.
Terriers are active by nature, especially Jack Russels, they have lots of energy. How many walks do you take him on daily? You might want to try increasing his physical activity, so he is too pooped out to think about running away.
My baby is actually neutered. He's just crazy. LOL.
But I did want to keep you guys posted on what’s going on with Roscoe. Things are much better now.
I have been doing tons of research and you will never guess what I stumble upon. There is this company called Zoombak. They created this GPS/tracker for dogs (and cars). So basically, I put this little gadget on Roscoe’s collar and if my baby runs away again I know exactly where he is.
Since the last incident he has not run away; thank goodness. But if he does, I get a text message from the company telling me where he is. Pretty cool uh?
I am so excite and relieved. Check out their website: www.zoombak.com
I bought this gadget from Petco, but i think they sell them also at Bestbuys.
Your post reminded me of my mom's dog, a terrier mix. She adopted him when I was in middle school when he was about 6 months old. He was fixedthe very day we got him. Every time he got a chance he would bolt out an open door. This usually happened when we had guest over who weren't used to watching for the dog every time they opened the door. We would chase him all over the neighbor hood and he would usually lead us in a lengthy circle back to our house. This led to several close calls including a head injury from being hit by a car and being bitten by a Saint Bernard. He is about 14 now and age is the only thing that has really slowed him down. I hope the GPS works.
Sydney24, your GPS may work to locate him, but it won't stop him from getting run over, or someone stealing him. I would be giving him 2 long walks every day, and if your yard is'nt fenced, I would do that too. Make it so that he can't dig down and get out.
My terrier used to run the neighborhood. I would drive around looking for him. He would hear my car and run out and get in the car. Then I would drive him home, never saying a word to him or looking at him. Once home I would carry him into the house (which he considered a punishment) Then continue to ignore him. No looking, no talking to him at all. Even if he was underfoot, keep waking and give him the serious cold shoulder. It broke his heart. He didn't exist. He wanted desperately to exist. He followed me closely without touching me at all. After 15 minutes, I would look down at him, and say something stern. " I can not believe that you ran off like that" Then go back to normal routine. Pet him, look at him, acknowledge him. It was such a huge punishment to him that he learned to keep me in sight.
Later when he did wander it was never out of sight of the house and never for more than 5 minutes. He did go across the street to rip open a trash bag, but it was in full sight of the house.
Even now, the back gate failed (froze and broke the bottom board so he can push out the back gate) He got out and was barking to get back in the yard in the time it took me to go to the bathroom and come back to check on him. He must have done a quick check of the grass behind the garage and came back. He didn't have time to do much else.
Terriers love their people. They feel like they don't exist without you. The complete cold shoulder is a good punishment for running off, if done right. When he tore up the trash, I would throw him out while I cleaned it up. (denying him access to me) Which worked well because I came in the kitchen door and the trash can was right beside the back door. If he stayed in while I cleaned and once I moved so it took longer or me to notice the trash, I will loudly complain to him about cleaning up the trash while I cleaned up the trash. not as much of a punishment,but he rarely does it anymore.
Even 5 minutes from home, across the street, ect is enough time for a dog to be hit by a car, stolen, ec. I would not rely on the cold shoulder punishmnt t keep mydog from straying. Simple solutions, fencing, leashes.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
yea, maybe it would be best to get a fence! THey have little kennel type things at petco, they are big enough to play with your dog inside. If you have to take your dog potty, put a leash on him and walk him out to the play kennel and stay in it with him, you could play in it with him and have him go potty in their. THe little GPS thing is still a good idea, becuase if he did get lost you could alwyas find him, unless it fell off or he got hurt. Hope you find something to help you and your dog!