Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Not jump on fences?
Try running a strand or two of hotwire off the horizontal supports of the stockade fence. Won't keep him from jumping clear over it, but sounds like he's not doing that and instead is climbing. This will definitely stop the climbing.
While this could be trained, it would be very difficult to do. It requires a LOT of consistency and repetitions and I doubt you'll have the neighborhood squirrels willing to help out with a training session. Without long term work on this and consistency, without him ever making a mistake or getting away with it, it will never be reliable. The behavior is very self rewarding, and training will only work if you can 100% prevent him from ever having a chance to go over the fence. Obviously you can't do that unless you supervise constantly. And even then, he may well learn that he can't go over the fence when you're there, but will try once and probably succeed when you're not there, and then he's learned that the rules only apply when you're with him, and all the training is quickly undone since the idea is to be able to leave him outdoors without supervision.
So I'd go with the hotwire. Quick and easy fix.
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