|08-20-2013 05:15 PM|
|08-20-2013 04:51 PM|
I use a carabiner in my front fence just for that reason and also to keep kids from passing by and opening my gate.
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|08-20-2013 01:33 PM|
|Blanketback||I'm glad it all ended well. But you should reconsider leaving them unsupervised, because 4' is an easy leap for a GSD who sees something interesting on the other side.|
|08-20-2013 12:36 PM|
Im so afraid of what COULD have happened.
Around our house we have several baby gates to section off each room for the dogs. This is the one we use: (
Recently Ive been seeing Morgan trying to open the gate. When I lift the latch she would use her nose as if trying to assist me. She can be very hyper and excitable still and sometimes patience is not her strong suit, but more a work in progress. She has, in the past week, learned how to completely open these gates on her own. She would go grab something from the garbage can in the kitchen and bring it to me, just to mock me. Bad Girl. This gates DO come with a lock function that we've just never had to use (until now), so we kind of just laughed it off and gave her some silent credit for being such a smarty pants.
We also own a husky and a senior pitbull mix. The husky stereotypes are true, for those who may not know first hand, and we cannot leave our husky in the yard or out of her crate unsupervised. We have a 4ft chain link fence - medium sized yard. We often will let Morgan and pitbull mix outside and leave them in the yard for a while with their kiddie pool and toys, unsupervised.
We do not live in the best of neighborhoods, and the dogs do make a fuss in the yard sometimes. We've started introducing some of the neighbors to our dogs and inviting them into our yard / up to the fence to sort of train our dogs out of it. (ESPECIALLY the kids, which they love) I understand that its a natural thing, and blame it mostly on them feeding off of each other. And as I said, we do not live in the best of neighborhoods, so I cant really blame them too much. I do not want guard dogs, I want confident and happy dogs. Morgan has no people aggression. Shes a very submissive dog who can be timid around strangers. So I work with them with this as much as I can to help prevent this as much as possible.
Our nextdoor neighbor, Kathy, has always shown a likeing to our dogs. We have no always gotten along, but shes nice and seems to have good intentions, so we put up with her. Not too long ago Kathy rescued an abused maltese from a shelter who she named Fido. Fido is a yappy dog, always barking, so in return, my dogs bark back... a lot. Fido is kind of their worst nemesis, in a way, especially Morgans. I dont know if she picked it up from me, or just lack of socialization but she definitely has always had an issue with him. And whenever she see a white, fluffy, miniature dog out on our walks, at the pet store, or anything (even not Fido) she backs madly. I try my best to correct her with obedience and distractions but it doesnt always work. Morgan has always been the type of dog who barks when barked at, and is very stubborn about it.
Kathy has been in my yard several times, is very friendly with my dogs and feeds them treats often in exchange for low quality tricks. (sit, catch, come) We are highly appreciative and thank her for the kindness and the help socializing the dogs, especially in their yard. She had not been open to bringing her dog by, as she fears what our dogs my do, especially Morgan, and is very protective of Fido. I understand, I just always thought the best action was to get them together, but I can definitely see why our dogs would be intimidating. Morgan is friends with many dogs ranging from 5lbs - 150lbs, and shows submission and politeness to them all.
Ive made plans next week to bring Morgan over to a friends house who has a male maltese, hoping that I can sort of trick her into liking Fido. I bring Morgan over to this friends house to socialize her children with Morgan (She has a 4 year old and a 2 year old) and we work with the 3 of them in the park near their home, which they all seem to really enjoy.
Yesterday, while Morgan and my pitmix were in the yard together, Kathy and her maltese walked by our yard as they do several times a day. Morgan ran over to the fence barking, and opened it like she has learned to do with the baby gates in our home. We live on a very busy street, so clearly this can never happen again.
Here is what was described to me after:
Morgan ran over to Kathy and Fido, and kathy picked up Fido and ran her inside of her home. My pitmix left her kiddie pool where she was playing and barked frantically at the side door to our home. (which is why we came outside in the first place - "You know the big one got out, right??" - thanks girl) After Kathy got Fido safetly inside with her husband, she returned to help Morgan. She saw Morgan down the street a bit, approaching a woman carrying grocery bags. This woman looked very startled and dropped her bag. Kathy called to Morgan and she ran over to her, never going in the street. She then sat kindly in our driveway next to Kathy and this is when my boyfriend ran out and grabbed Morgan. My boyfriend said that Morgan looked super happy and calm and Kathy looked petrified.
I ran outside shortly after and Morgan seemed fine. Kathy insured me 1000x that Morgan did not harm Fido in anyway, and that she checked and found nothing, not that she described anything Morgan did to being aggressive. She was very polite about it. We have decided to lock the fence opening in the yard with a combination lock for whenever the dogs are outside starting immediately. But... Im just so afraid of what could have happened. I also cant believe how good Morgan was, and am very thankful at the time Morgan has spent with Kathy so that she knew and listened to her.
Any advice / opinions on training, socializing and overall helping my situation, please dont be shy.
Thanks so much for reading this.