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J.L-P 06.07.2010 17:01

Re: How can I stop my dog going to my neighbours?
 
As Summerain has said the pup is a baby and must be watched at all times.

Remember, he hasn't been away from a litter environment for that long and depending on the breeder he might come from a really big group and longs for that kind of company (I've one of those).

And if you've a little Alpha on your hands (g. forbid, see dog above) marking is their life.

Btw, I tried a mustard based spray from Qualipet- it was a total waste chf's.

Mrs T 06.07.2010 17:04

Re: How can I stop my dog going to my neighbours?
 
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Originally Posted by summerrain (Post 868619)
Dont take this the wrong way, I hope I am not coming across as lecturing you

Don't worry, I'm not :)

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but at four months, he should NEVER be let off the lead and your sight...
I agree, and while I don't leash him in the house, he's always on a leash outdoors, but unfortunately accidents happen, for example, this morning my son came in from outside and didn't close the door, it was too good an opportunity for pooch:o

gata 06.07.2010 17:08

Re: How can I stop my dog going to my neighbours?
 
The only way in my opinion is to have him tied up. A bit harsh for a puppy but it will keep him in out of the neighbours garden and who knows what a drunk neighbour might do

Plau Deri 06.07.2010 17:43

Re: How can I stop my dog going to my neighbours?
 
Puppy-proofing a garden is quite a gargantuan task. Puppies will definitely find every last hole to slip through, no matter, how microscopicly small it might be.

If you can't puppy-proof the whole of your garden, you could build a smaller enclosure, where the puppy can play freely with a ball and/or with you. ~20 meters of chicken-wire or the plastic-mesh mentioned above and four poles can easily be set up and taken down again and won't break the bank to acquire.

I'd still strongly advise against leaving the puppy outside unsupervised, though. Murphy's laws double-apply to puppies imo.

Have fun :)

Phil_MCR 06.07.2010 17:47

Re: How can I stop my dog going to my neighbours?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gata (Post 868670)
The only way in my opinion is to have him tied up. A bit harsh for a puppy but it will keep him in out of the neighbours garden and who knows what a drunk neighbour might do

if you tie him to the other end, he could still have free run of most of the garden, so perhaps not that bad.

meloncollie 06.07.2010 18:44

Re: How can I stop my dog going to my neighbours?
 
'Good fences make good neighbors'... and good dog owners. :)

Your puppy needs a secure environment to learn in, to practice all the skills you will be teaching. He's not ready for the world at large yet - he needs a safe space, so that he can be a puppy. And that's a fenced-in garden.

Nothing other than a physical barrier will keep a determined dog on his property, if the incentive to roam is great enough. Forget sprays, etc. They don't work.

And bear in mind: dogs have been killed when on walkabout.

A safe fenced-in area is almost essential in training a good recall; it's hard to find such a space in public areas, so fencing in your garden would make training much easier.

As others have said, you don't need to go to great expense - we have 120cm (max height allowed) green wire fencing from Landi (or was it Coop?); my husband installed it in a day or two.

A secure escape-proof fence is also the single best savior of owner sanity. ;) I can stumble out my back door half asleep at the crack of dawn to let the mutts out, knowing they can't come to any harm. My ancient deaf guy can bumble about and enjoy a bit of freedom, something he could not do if the area was not fenced - as he cannot hear me to call him in. My Hooligan can run to her heart's content, safe from the things that she finds hard to deal with. A good fence makes dog ownership so much easier; I need our fence as much as the dogs do. :D

Most importantly, my neighbors know that my mutts will never be able to intrude on their property; this alone has salvaged our relationship. They may not like the fact that I have multiple mutts, but they cannot complain. At least on that score. ;)

A dog owner is responsible for any damage his/her dog might do; for that reason alone it is imperative that our dogs are not allowed to trespass on other people's property.

And don't forget - a good fence not only keeps your dog in, but also keeps other things out... you don't want other dogs, children passing by, wandering cats, etc. interfering with your puppy.

So - invite some friends round for a BBQ and fencing party - and keep the little one safe.



FYI - having searched in vain for a post hole digger when we were putting up our fence (did it the hard way!), I've now seen them at Hornbach, quite a good value at around CHF 60. A post hole digger makes fence stringing a whole lot easier and faster.

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ETA: At the risk of stating the obvious, if you use a long line it should only be attached to a halter, never to a collar. You risk neck injury otherwise.


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