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  • The Escape Artist

    Posted by Janine Allen at Saturday, May 15th, 2010.

    Houdini they are often named, those dogs who incessantly gouge their way to greener pastures. We humans generally think the dog is simply looking for its "freedom" but a variety of reasons may prompt such behavior:

    • Lack of exercise
    • Lack of mental stimulation
    • Separation stress
    • Dog not routinely allowed time outside confined area
    • Hormone driven desire to reach another dog
    • Animals/people on the other side of confinement area
    • A history of escape with rewarding experiences
    • A history of chewing/digging in itself being a rewarding experience

    The dog in this video has never been let inside the home and does not get routinely walked. He started escaping by simply digging under the fence. Since he had been successful at this several times, the cinder block placed at the hole became a mere obstacle in his escape route. The dog responded to this by chewing on the fence and will most likely get more crafty with his escape as more deterrents get placed in his path. His behavior will increase in intensity and this dog will be harder and harder to keep in the yard if the owners do not approach the solution holistically.

    By the way, the only place this dog wanted to go to once outside his backyard was to the front door of the house.

    See Video HERE MVI_2558

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    Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2018 Rescue Me Dog; www.rescuemedog.org

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    4 Responses to “The Escape Artist”

    1. Claudia Hamilton Says:

      I have a friend who has a dog like this. Adopted from the Shelter. Happy had been returned again and again because he would ‘escape.’
      What can she do to find that holistic solution?


    2. Mazgalica Says:

      Salut imi place blogul tau vrei sa facem linkexchange cu blogul meu?

    3. Sue Says:

      I just adopted a dog from a shelter that had been returned because they said she escaped. I can totally see this. She has been with us 1 week and has not even tried to get out. She has a nice big yard to run in (which as a herder she needs), she has a companion, and she is and indoor/outdoor dog who gets a walk every morning. The only problem I do have with her is she nips. She is a blue heeler and finds it necessary to bite me. My arms are covered in bruises. I have gotten her to mellow on the biting, but she cannot help but want my hand in her mouth, especially when walking round the house. Sometimes she gets out of control and still wants to bite hard. I don’t know how to handle this.

    4. Gaile Says:

      Its good to understand more about our bestfriends~dogs.
      Well, indeed ~ we think that they love freedom and who don’t? So sometimes, dogs really seem to be foolish with their acts.

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