olivehill Posted February 8, 2013 Report Share Posted February 8, 2013 My young dog (10mo) has taken to running fences when he thinks he can get away with it. IOW, whenever I get busy with the task at hand, he gets bored waiting at the gate, and can steal away for a second. He'll run over to a choice pen (he seems to have favorites) run along it and if someone is nearby try to nip/grip them through the fence. Obviously, it's a bad habit that only begets more bad habits and not one I'd like him continuing. I haven't had a chance to get us back to the trainer since November so haven't had an opportunity to ask her opinion. (Though hope to have time in a couple weeks for another lesson and will certainly bring it up.) My thought is that he simply needs to go back on lead for a bit, and I can just clip him to fence posts as I go around and do chores, but I wanted to run that plan by the experts. He does knock it off if I tell him so (at least for a bit) and his recall is still great. If I notice him thinking of it I give him a quick "Ahhht! Here." And he comes right back to where he's supposed to be. This works most of the time, but depending on what I'm doing with chores I can't always have one eye on him and occasionally miss it. That lack of consistency isn't going to get us anywhere, which is why I was thinking just put him back on lead. Is there any other way you'd all suggest going about it instead? Am I right in assuming (hoping?) he'll mature out of this as he gets some more work and training on stock under his belt so he'll eventually be able to be off lead? Also, I'm wondering if it's possible this is the result of frustration? I've noticed his "favorite" pens to do this with are those that contain mature animals and/or those that don't tend to "respect" his presence at the fence line as much. He doesn't do it to young stock or those that easily move away from his presence, it's just those that tend to ignore him. In hindsight I'm wondering if perhaps I should not have allowed him to be near those fences while doing chores? If he's escalating his pressure on them in an attempt to command respect? Or am I just reading too much into it? Or am not reading too much, but am off base? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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