Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: NW Ontario, Canada
Staying in the yard?
I'm new to the boards, but have been a lurking for a while- I really enjoy this site! I was hoping for some input on a little problem I have: I have an 8 month old GSD who in the past month has began leaving the yard on hour + long jaunts- but only during the day. At night, when he goes out for his breaks, he'll NEVER leave the property. I've had to scour the property and go up and down our dirt road, and to the neighbours looking for him for over an hour some days.
We live in the country with about 30 acres, however, we are close to the main highway by about 500ft, which worries me like crazy. He gets plenty of exercise, and we have 2 other dogs (5 year old GSD, 2 year old Aussie) who are great and never leave the property either.
So, the way I see it, I can only give him heck if I CATCH him leaving the yard- which is hard because we're not always out there. We have a shock collar thats been sitting in a closet still in the box unused- but I don't want to go down that road. I've had people tell me to get mad at him when he returns to the yard and put him in his kennel- but I don't see the logic in getting angry at a dog that came when you called, plus we know that dogs don't connect two separate events as being wrong.
I want to be able to trust him to be outside...we have all this property and I want him to be able to play with our other dogs instead of him being cooped up in the house for fear of him taking off. This has never been an issue with any of our other dogs. Any advice?
Canisphere's Yukon - Rudy - 04/19/2008