I just had my yard fenced with five foot chain link. I've had the dogs outside with me a lot since it was installed -- Wednesday of last week I think it was. We've spent hours upon hours out there, no problem. I am always out there with them because I want to deal with *any* fence jumping or digging under stuff ASAP. Not one of the dogs has tried to jump up or dig, so that's great.
Tonight, out of nowhere, an escaped border collie mix of some kind came running up to my yard when three of my dogs were out with me. It came right up to the fence, barking and pretty nutty. The owner was a few minutes behind the dog, so Bailey and Tucker were getting pretty worked up with this other dog on the other side of the fence growling and barking at them. My boyfriend and I were just kind of like, HUH? and not really knowing just how to control all of this. It is very rare to have an offleash dog around here.
Bailey was barking, but Tucker was REALLY getting worked up. He wanted access to that dog pretty bad and that dog was just really goading him on.
The bf tried to get control of Tucker by the collar, but Tucks twisted and literally went straight up?! The bf reached out and got him down to the ground, (hard to explain,) but bottom line is if he hadn't done that, Tucker would've probably been over the fence. The experience showed us Tucker can get over a five foot fence. Bailey never tried to jump up.
The owner came running up apologizing and so on... and explained the dog had been a farm dog and he had just gotten the dog. He said, "I thought I could let him offleash to potty in that field, but he just took off!" Ok, "that field" is MY property. I am going to post no trespassing signs tomorrow. I should've done that long ago, but it's never been a problem. I was sure
ready to explain that to him, but it was chaotic and he leashed up the dog and led him away... right down, again, into my property as he left.
Ok, so things calmed down... and who returns? Same dog! The bf had taken Tucker inside to calm down, but Bails was still out there and a little barking nonsense re-started. Yet again, the young man leashed the dog up and led it away. (Down into my field again) Then he apparently needed to answer his cell phone
and as I watched him trying to talk on the phone and control this dog, the collar snapped and the dog was loose yet again. Right back to my fence line. Once again he leashed the dog up, all the while on his blankety-blank phone and once again, retreating down into my field.
They didn't come back again.
That dog will surely be back.
Now I'm feeling paranoid because I'm going to be out in my yard all the time with my dogs, and if I'm alone, what will I do if Tucker goes nutball like that and does get over the fence?
I'm not even sure what I'm asking here for advice? But does anyone have any?
PS - I should say both Bailey and Tucker are very dog-friendly. Tucker just gets very, very excitable and doesn't have any training behind him for control. I was able to distract Bailey completely with some hotdogs and obedience commands... Tucker is not that way.