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    Default Re: Stig escaped for the 5th time! :faint:

    I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. I admit, it isn't something I really worry about as my Winston isn't an explorer. He really doesn't like to be more than about ten feet away from Mama, unless it is to be with Daddy. My fears are more along the lines of someone taking him- but he is never ever left alone outside. He's a couch potato for sure.

    I think making a barricade would help immensely. A second door that could be closed before the next is opened, and definitely some training work with your dad! He's got to understand he can't make opportunities like that for little Stiggy.

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    Ugh! Been there too. Not sure if any of what I'm going to say was mentioned, I didn't read all the posts yet. I'll tell you the two things that worked for us. First, we have a baby gate that seperates both dogs from entering the kitchen where the door is. Second, but most important, this is the door the dogs always come in and go out of. When we put their leashes on to go out, the door does not open until they are in a sit. If I feel the leash tighten, I will say "no, sit, stay". When they do this I say " ok let's go" this has worked tremendously. It did take a lot of time and patience. Once they got in this routine they actually sit at the door wether its open or not. I even had leashes on them in the sit position and would open the door but not take them out until I say ok let's go. The hardest part for you is going to be to " train" your parents to do the same. 😉

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    Default Re: Stig escaped for the 5th time! :faint:

    So scary. I've only lost a bully once; Bea -- for about 30-40 minutes. It felt like decades. Bo scared her by knocking over a flower pot on a stand. Bea freaked and ran THRU a rickity fence I had jerry rigged up on that end of the dog yard. I was never so happy to find that pup! We have real fence and no more jerry rigging back there now....LOL

    The greeting at the door is generally a "trouble spot" for folks with dogs. Mine are bad. They RACE to the door to greet whomever it is and even though I have a standard rule of "No touch, no talk, no eye contact", people NEVER do it. "They're so cute -- how can I not say hello?" is the most common thing I hear from visitors. The good news is that they settle down pretty quickly, the older they get.

    Bea and Bo are NOT ALLOWED off the front porch/deck without authorization, so even if they run out to greet someone -- which I let them do --- they won't leave the front porch and deck (it's all one level). This has NOT been tested by, say, something as appealing as the neighbor's Boxer romping in the driveway or, say, a "giant cookie" on the stairs..... but so far, they've not broken the rule and this is only after LOTS of practice and redirection. One of these days, I need to reallly put this to the test with someone AMAZING that they'll want to leap off the porch for. Yesterday though, Bo stayed on the porch through me cooing and wooing over the neighbor's Yorkie....he didn't move a muscle. I was shocked and amazed. Truly. Shocked and amazed.

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    Default Re: Stig escaped for the 5th time! :faint:

    Question about Xpens...can they open up to act as a "gate"? And are they generally heavy enough so that if bully jumps on it, the xpen won't get knocked over?




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    Default Re: Stig escaped for the 5th time! :faint:

    I have done the door training as well and my pups are very good, however better safe than sorry, especially since you have your parents which will effect the consistency of your door training. As a precaution I installed a 3 foot black 'looks like wrought iron' garden fence around a large area surrounding the front door outside. The fencing is sold in sections, and just pushes into the ground, so easy to install yourself, and when all the sections are connected it is really quite sturdy. The only thing I need to fix is that I want the gate to be auto-latching, which I will work on next. The fencing is sold a Lowes and other home improvement places for a reasonable cost and is attractive. Good thing if you don't cement in, is that you can take with you if you move.

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    Default Re: Stig escaped for the 5th time! :faint:

    Holy crap.... I'd be a mess everyday going to work! Like Becky said..... ex-pens everywhere!
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