Bentley and Morgan are driving me nuts. My wife has been home all summer. They got used to not being in their outdoor kennel (14X7X7). The first time we put them back in the school year. Bentley proved that he could use his mouth to unlatch the gate. I put a bungie cord across the door. He chewed through the hard rubber cord. I added a second latch to the bottom. He unlatched that one too. I watched him from the kitchen. He moves it with his nose/ mouth until it is unlatched. Then I put something (Clips/bolts) in the latches so they are not able to go up. He is now pushing the gate until he moves the latch enough to push his way through. Finally I put a bike chain on the gate. It has a combination lock on it. By the time I walked inside and warmed up my lunch, Bentley was on his hind legs yanking at the chain. He pulled on it enough and worked on it until there was enough slack to push his way through the gate. As a result they broke the lock (dials broke off and lock will not unlock). I can not get the bike lock off the kennel without cutting the chain.
BTW the female, Morgan, just sits there and watches him. It its like she is telling him what to do.
I am at the end of my rope with them. Leaving them in the house (We have a doggie door) would be fine if they did not counter surf, get in the garbage, eat things they are not suppose to, etc.
| I'm at work, and I choked on my coffee, laughing and reading this. And some people think this breed "aren't the brightest bulbs on the tree". Just a suggestion, leave them in the house, clear the counters, move the garbage and try to confine them to a room with one of those baby pressure gates so they can see. When I leave, I give a kong stuffed with either peanut butter, cream cheese or yogurt. You can try lots of non destructable toys. Can you leave a tv or radio on for them while you are gone? If all else fails, take them to work with you and they can do all the office shredding. Sheepies REALLY like to have jobs and help. There is always Americas Got Talent and he could go on as an Escape Artist. |
when you went to pick morgan and bentley up as pups, was the breeders yard surrounded by high chain link fence with razor wire? was there a tower with a guard? did you sign-in? did they wear uniforms?
ok, on a serious note i would follow dogmom's advice if possible. we designated our laundry room the dogs room with no knob or latch on the inside and of course puppy proofed.
if not, cut that bike chain just short enough to wrap around posts (so there is no slack for escape) and lock with a new keyed master lock weather proof and get extra keys. good luck and thank the furry criminals for me for the laugh.
|This breed is certanly very clever and yet they look so "dumb" at times. We had similar problems and it is very daft but we now have an old fashioned fire guard that has 3 sides to it in the doorway from kitchen to house. Sprocket could step over it but for some reason he sits with his chin on it whining if we are in the rest of the house and he is shut in the kitchen-wet paws,visitor who has an allergy to pet fluf etc. It is very comicle to see him.Hope you can sort your "problem" quickly.x|
|I'm not keen about keeping any dog outside all day alone. So I like the idea of using a baby gate to keep them in one room in the house. We solved the problem of getting into garbage by keeping the pail inside a cabinet. We solved the couter surfing by keeping the counters clean of food and/or anything they could eat. I always say, having dogs makes a person have a very tidy house!|
And I firmly believe the female is telling the male what to do to escape. Its what us females do best - tell our males what to do
|My boys are gated into the hallway with just the bathroom door open(with tp in the cabinet). We learned from experience and I'm really not that clean that I can clear off everything.|
|Somehow I doubt a baby gate is going to keep a dog in who has proved he can dismantle a gate, complete with chains and locks....|
|We have two four foot gates in the kitchen. One on either side. That worked for three years. This fall Bentley has decided that the hooks in the wall are not that tough. He yanks the hooks out of the walls and pushes the gate open. Tons of wall damage. I am planning on cutting the lock today and buying an actual chain and padlock. I will be victorious over them.|
to be continued...................
|If we need to shut the dogs in somewhere, they go in the bedroom or the bathroom. They will usually sleep in there.|
|Padlock worked today. We were only gone for a couple of hours. I watched Bentley for five minutes before we left. He pulled on the chain but I do not think he found much slack. He chewed on the rubber coating. It takes about five minutes to wrap the chain around the gate. Hopefully it will become more flexible and become easier.|
|Well done.Wonder if they will be able to escape. Be interesting to see.x|
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