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I would put a lock on the gate, so nobody can open it or leave it open, or put in a dog run and lock that. Less chance of an 'oops' that way. As for the squirrels, I'm sure they'd clue into a dog being in a yard fairly quickly. My guys are naked most of the time.
You can get an oil treatment for dogs, it'll leave him greasy but it should help. Can't remember what it's called but it was like cold cream and you had to melt it in hot water and then either apply it to a wet dog or mix it with the shampoo. You have a greasy coat for a bit but then it'll wash out in time and help. I would also increase the oil supplement, double the fish oil and add some sunflower or safflower oil too (a few tablespoons a day).
You can also get a cloth cover for the training collars but if they're only on for a bit each day it shouldn't be a huge deal. It may take months for the coat to improve.
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