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Old 09-11-2012, 11:19 AM
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6 Foot Fence is no obstacle - HELP!

So my little black retriever mix Cheyenne, 16 in tall at the shoulder and weighs 30 lbs, can scale my 6 foot wood fence without blinking. She is routinely jumping out of the yard into neighbors yards, one of which does not have a complete fence on the other side of their house. But since the fence is no obstacle it really doesn't matter. She has on several occasions gone from walking out the door straight over the fence with me right behind her telling her NO. Chasing squirrels most of the time. Then to add to her fun, she jumps back in our yard.

We have put up arms at an angle and initially had draped it with ground cloth thinking it would be a visual barrier that would hopefully stop her. She simply jumped up until she had torn the cloth and then jumped over in that spot.

Next we put up pieces of wooden lattice. Today she jumped over that, unfortunately then she couldn't jump back into our yard because the lattice was in the way.

I am out of ideas. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:48 AM
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Would you consider using a tie-out in addition to the fence in order to help her learn her boundries (boundries = as far as the tie-out goes)? I'm talking a long tie-out so she can freely walk and romp in the yard, but perhaps not reach the fence (I wouldn't want her to be able to climb the fence and then hang herself because she can't reach the bottom on the other side!).

Other than that, I would think just basic recall training, focus training, so she knows when you call her away from the fence she needs to come to you and not continue to try to escape?
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:50 AM
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Love your ingenuity with the lattice, something I would have tried too. You might try plywood at an angle then maybe she wont get a grip on it, or do an underground electric fence.

I've seen Youtube vids of dogs like Cheyenne going back and forth over fences like that with no problem, so I can visualize what your saying.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:57 AM
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Oh boy, you have a jumper! We put up a 9 foot fence this summer on one side, next to our neighbor's home since their boys are constantly kicking/hitting balls that go astray into our yard--it's working so far. Our fence was pretty old and we needed to get it replaced completely before we even thought about a new puppy. The rest of the fence is 8 feet. I hope you come up with a good solution for her. Maybe the rescue's behaviorist can help? Other than that netting or a pergola making a roof of sorts?
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Good grief Melissa, what a little monkey! The only thing I could think of would be to perhaps extend the fence another 2 feet so you'd end up with an 8' ..... now how to do that esthetically is a whole other issue.
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If my memory serves right, Barkley's foster mom over in Haslet had a jumper foster at one point and she might have some tips for you too.
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Found this with a quick web search. Pricey but gives you an idea.

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Found this with a quick web search. Pricey but gives you an idea.

Fence Dog Extension - Fence Extension Arm

That might actually work unless it would hold her weight and she just jumps on it and then walks over. The rescue's trainer suggested a coyote roller to top the fence but I think she would just push with her back feet and still go over. The neighbor on the other side has an 8 foot fence, I watched Cheyenne this morning and she is 2 inches from jumping to the top of that also.
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Would you consider using a tie-out in addition to the fence in order to help her learn her boundries (boundries = as far as the tie-out goes)? I'm talking a long tie-out so she can freely walk and romp in the yard, but perhaps not reach the fence (I wouldn't want her to be able to climb the fence and then hang herself because she can't reach the bottom on the other side!).

Other than that, I would think just basic recall training, focus training, so she knows when you call her away from the fence she needs to come to you and not continue to try to escape?

That was a thought, but the yard is a rectangle shape so a tie out short enough to keep her off the side fence wouldn't give her any running room.
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