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Old 01-06-2019, 10:27 PM
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I am 15 My 2 year old german shepherd/husky mix has been causing numerous incidents and escapes. She was never like this, she started acting up ever since last year, and I don’t know what to do! Before I say anything else, I need you to know that she is a super friendly and kind dog. She never attacks, bites, or barks at anyone. She doesn’t attack other dogs, though she does get overexcited when she sees one. One of the main problems are cats, she is extremely hostile to them and would most definitely try to kill them.

All of this mess started when my grandpa took her for a walk in his bicycle (which was very irresponsible considering she wasn’t trained, though we didn’t train her because she was a very cooperative and loving dog.) and when she saw a neighbor’s cat, she went crazy and went after it when my grandpa lost grip of the leash. She attacked the cat when the owner was there, and he called animal control when it was over and THEN called my parents (he was my dad’s friend)

So animal control interrogates my grandpa, my dad, and fellow neighbors that have known my dog. Let me tell you that my family is completely oblivious to their own rights so they were obviously taken advantage of by the police considering how vulnerable they were. I'm sure they answered all of their questions. My neighbors (at least the ones that came to talk to us after they were interrogated) were supportive towards us when they were questioned, since they know my dog very well and know that she is a kind dog. But my dog was then picked up by animal control and was took to the pound. My dad surrendered her without even letting me know, and I was seriously upset about it, so he contacted the police officer in charge of the "case" and said he changed his mind. She had to get spayed, vaccinated (again), privately trained (we haven't gotten her trained since she was already a cooperative and loving dog), and all the other requirements needed for retrieval.

All was fine for a while, until months passed. She started to make a run for it every time she saw the fence door ajar with nobody else around it. Its so painful and dramatic trying to get a hold of her without alerting sensitive people or police. We have had several complaints from a crazy man that is so protective of his precious junk yard property. He would get in his car and verbally harass us, saying that if he sees the dog on his yard again, he will take her to the pound and have her put to sleep. He always does it when my dad isn't home (and he never is, when these things happen). He really is a sickening and obnoxious man. But my parents haven't done anything about it because they won't bother going to court for such things.

So we have recently arrived home from a 2 week trip to Mexico. It was fun until my grandpa called a couple of days before we would leave to go back home, saying that she had dug a hole in the backyard (where we kept her, she was no longer allowed to be in the front yard with no supervision) and had escaped, though he was able to retrieve her thanks to a lovely neighbor, call him Bob. Bob is good friends with my grandpa, my grandpa likes to do little errands for Bob like mowing his lawn or whatever.

So at the time of writing this thread (January 6, 2019), she dug yet another hole on the backyard when we were watching a movie, and had escaped. My grandpa cemented the first hole. Now, the only reason we found out, was because BOB knocked on our door and told us. Her wife and daughters were already trying to get her, which was extremely thoughtful of them. So my dad and I went out to help and we caught her. We thanked them and thankfully, no one called animal control to report us. This whole day has been raining, so that's why she is able to dig the holes so easily.

We just rigged the backyard today, to prevent her from digging more holes and escaping. It has worked so far. We locked her up in the house we were required to make because of animal control (she is supposed to be there when my dad isn't home, but having a big dog like a husky will make it go crazy) and she got out from the welded wire mesh walls after she bit a hole open, so we had to rig that too with wooden planks.

[EDIT: These past months, I must admit I have been slacking on my responsibilities with my dog, I would take her for walks way less often than normal (maybe like 2-3 times a week), though they would be long 40 minute walks around town. So that might add to what I have to say below]

Now my dad is telling me that we need to get rid of the dog because we will get into more legal issues, and I know it's true. I believe them. But I feel like my dog just needs more attention since she hasn't been taken for a walk for those whole 2 weeks (my grandpa is forbidden from being near the dog) and she has probably gone crazy. I am really pulling my hair from all of this stress, someone please tell me what I could possibly do to fix my dog's behavior I am very paranoid right now and I feel like I am going to faint. I love my dog and I don't want to lose her but I don't want to lose my parents either because they have diabetes so making them worried about my dog can make them go sick. PLEASE HELP ME

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Old 01-07-2019, 01:01 AM
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1) you said it yourself; the dog needs more exercise. Get on that. Double or triple the exercise.

2) stop leaving the dog outside unattended. Only let her out when someone can watch her, keep her inside with you the rest of the time.

3) focus on extremely good recall training so that if she gets out, she will come when called.

This isnít about fixing a behavior problem, she is really just being a bored dog. Fix the problem and the behavior will not be an issue


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You have a couple of issues going on with the dog.

One is that you have a very smart mix, both huskies and GSDs are highly intelligent, and you have neglected to train it. Dogs do not come preprogrammed knowing how to behave, if you do not train them they will use their brains and train their selves and what they learn is probably going to be something that you do not want them to know. In your dog's case she learned how to dog holes to escape the yard, how to door dash, and that she does not need to come back until she's good and ready.

Two, you are leaving her outside for what sounds like the majority of the time. So now you have an untrained dog, that is lonely and likely bored. She's going to use that brain of her's to come up with things to do and what she's come up with is escaping.

Three, you have a a mixed breed that is of two dogs bred to work all day long, one of those breeds is bred for endurance, and you are neither giving her enough physical and mental stimulation. So she's bored out of her mind and she's got tons of pent up energy.

If you want to keep her you are going to have to exercise her every day, no skipping. She needs to go on walks, and she needs to play. Look into making her a flirt pole which will help exercise her mind and body. She also needs training, training will help further tire her out, it will help her bond with you, and it will make her a lot easier to handle. If you just exercise her without training her, you will end up with a dog that you'll never be able to wear out that does not obey you. Trust me it's not fun to have one of those types of dogs.

Look into clicker training and look up Kikopup on youtube. The last is a great dog trainer that has a lot of videos that will help you train your girl.

Good luck! Her problems are very fixable but you are going to have to really work with her, no slacking off.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:31 AM
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Huskies are escape artists and have a high prey drive, so there's really nothing surprising in your post. Don't leave your dog unattended outside. Really, after one escape, I would never have trusted my dog not to dig when alone outside anyway.
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I used to have similar escaping problem with my husky. He used to dig holes as well. So we exchanged a usual fence for a wireless electric one. So he stopped doing it, cause he didnít see physical barrier. So maybe it will help you with it as well. Here is a guide for you, so you can get detailed info on its benefits https://geeklah.com/best-wireless-dog-fence.html
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We had strictly outdoor dogs the first half my life. All german shepherds. They get bored and making mischief tends to be how they alleviate the boredom. Not a good breed for leaving unattended for long periods especially outside. They're smart, to point of being able to problem solve. So they figure out how to escape so they can go do something fun. The bottom line is the dog needs more attention and mental and physical stimulation. Especially mental. Your dog may actually enjoy obedience training if you do it in the form of fun games. Every shepherd I've owned loved training if its kept fun. You can try trenching a foot or so down and laying welded wire so the dog hits wire when he tries to dig out. Its cheaper and easier than laying concrete around the bottom of your fence. But.....if the dog is still getting bored he'll probably just figure out how to go over the fence instead of under. My advice would be to keep him inside when you're not supervising him outside and up the training and playtime.
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As others have said, this is a management issue. Have you thought about getting involved in dog agility? Super fun for you and the dog, and great exercise for you both! Giving working dogs a JOB is absolutely essential.

Basically, the dog needs lots of exercise (running with her would be a good start), some fun training (agility or obedience work), and a commitment to keeping her indoors when no one is home. Obviously the yard needs work. I have a dog who digs after groundhogs--sometimes they were up next to the fence and then inadvertently the dogs got out. So I lay heavy duty hardware cloth (which is welded wire "fencing" basically, with tiny holes) along the ground 3 feet in from the fence and extending 1 foot up the fence. It is stapled to the fence (if your fence is wire, use wire to attach it) and then staked into the ground. It would take many hours for a dog to dig under a 3 foot apron, and honestly, since digging next to the fence is impossible, most would give up. You can do this on a long Saturday's worth of work. :-)

You seem like a mature and responsible young person. I think that if you devote yourself to this, you can do it. :-) Your dog deserves it!
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Re: wireless fences--I have seen way too many dogs loose wearing so-called invisible fencing collars. There is something worth going through the "fence" for every dog--and "hard" dogs like huskies are well-known for just gritting their teeth and taking it. In addition, other dogs can get into your yard and attack your dog, and so can children, often with disastrous consequences.
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Yeah....I tried a wireless fence once....trained my old gsd to it- he laughed that thing off like it was nothing. Be standing right on top of it, collar beeping away. His ear would flick every now and then was about all the effect it had on him.
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Just a matter of a bored dog whose energy is always conserved and never used.

Dogs just like human beings will be restless when they're doing nothing. Try taking him/her outside for a walk or a play. Fences might help but it's better to fix the root of the problem which is the behavior of the dog.
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