The Problem Child(ren)

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Well my kiddos are up to some new shenanigans....
the new game is distract and run!
They come to the gate all wiggly and cute... "let us in mommy... let us in!!!" They both sit and once I open the gate - one jumps up and kisses and the other one darts away to freedom... they never stray far, but what I have to do is put the kisser back into the gated area and then the runner does laps on the outer part of the fence- while the other runs along inside of the fenced area! after about 5 minutes of me calling the escapee - game is over and he/she will run to the sliding glass door.. I open the gate and the other will go and wait by the door also...
We have a huge yard, but it is all in the front of the house with a small side yard that is fenced in- we are going to be expanding that space and electric fencing the whole front yard, driveway and back walkway for extra peace of mind...
I cant wait til spring....

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lolz... isn't it funny when they get into cahoots with eachother? The expanding sounds like a good idea, especially now that you've got two growing monsters.

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Ooooohhh---clever arent they?  LOL

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I think they whisper plans in each others ears!!!! doberdevils!

Expansion as soon as the weather breaks if not sooner!!!!!

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Electric fencing or the so called "invisible" fence.

Electric fencing will not work in a very dry area or situation. It has to have moist ground to make a connection between the wire and their paws on the ground. I tried it when I first moved out here and got the "Fido" version (less powerful than the cattle version) of electric fencing. I had the entire back area fenced with it. When it was dry, they dug under anyway. I had an enclosure around my A/C unit and Trudy (Grandma Doberman) jumped in and go tangled in the wire, and was being constantly shocked and screaming. I immediately unplugged the unit, got her settled down and left it off. That weekend, it came out. I would up fencing a 70' x 100' pen instead. (Another Story).

I have never used the "invisible" fence where you bury a wire and the dog has a special collar with the device that first warns and then shocks the dog. You have to train the dog where the boundaries are, and it works if they approach it slowly. If they run at a gallop, they are likely to go right through before it can react from the reports I have seen. I will also not keep neighbor dogs out of your area - they don't have the special collar.

The only thing I know of that works 100% is a physical fence. Even then, they sometimes dig out and some times climb over. Where there is a will, there is a way. I have never had one escape from the house though. My current duo stays inside the fence even though it is only 4' high. They would prefer to be in the house - I call them my hot house lillies.

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We are going to try it- with our situation it is pretty much only option besides tying out front = the invisible fence will only be for when we are outside with them and early morning/ prebed pee and poos.... (which I am always out with them= The fenced area will be for unsupervised romping...  The fence is 6' high - i hope they can never climb but I know the will and way of these guys.... I wish we could fence more then we can for them but they way oour house is and where it sits it isnt possible... not alot of dogs around here they all seem to be a few blocks up the road and I have honestly never seen a loose dog around here- except my escape artists.... If it doesnt work we will adress that when we come to that point... thanks for your story!

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" When two or more are gathered in His name......."

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They are soooo funny so in cahoots with each other... They just do things and I am like What the heck????

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So Mandy , they are working like a tag team now?...Lol they are the Bonnie and Clyde of the Dobie world...I Love It!!

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They are!!!! Love it- that may be the new nicknames for them!!!!

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The only problem with two is that when they decide to lead the process out of the room when you get up to go get something. Then they get in the doorway and stop, look back over their shoulder as if to ask which way. Of course you can't get through the doorway because it is full of Dober kids.

Held hostage by Dober kids.