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November 20th, 2004
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Date:November 23rd, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)


I don't know that you'll consider this actually helpful (sorry), but the first idea to present itself is a taller fence. I'm sure some dog, somewhere goes along with the invisible fence gag, but most real dogs I know run right through the signal, because it's more fun to be outside than it is painful to go through the fence. Consider it the canine equivalent of being a smoker. This suggestion is tantamount to increasing firepower; it may or may not work.

Second suggestion, cheaper but possibly more deeply disruptive to both your lifestyle and your philosophy of canine keeping: crate them when you are not at home to supervise, and then enjoy rambles with them when you are. This also solves the "leaps 6-foot fences," "digs under fences," etc variants on dog behavior. This is prevention: it WILL work, but you may find it too inconvenient to enforce. (When I had Sable, I joked about the dog-bladder curfew. It wasn't a joke.)

Third suggestion, but more theoretical than practical, I fear, is making inside the yard more attractive and delicious than outside the yard. Unfortunately, the Nordic / sled breeds have a tendency to roam, as you have discovered, so this may be akin to suggesting that you recreate the Taj Mahal, lifesize, on your four acres, working with sawdust and Elmer's glue.
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Date:November 23rd, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)

Re: suggestions

This morning I let the Beasts out into the Fenced Compound. Kai strolled purposefully to the fence, paused for a moment, head cocked slightly, considering the aspects of the thing, and then bound over and moved off toward the neighbor's yard at a relaxed pace.

I have decided I will keep him in the yard by applying large amounts of epoxy to his feet and sticking him to the deck. I think that will work.
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