|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Tue Oct 23, '12 12:12am PST |
|My dog should have been renamed Houdini - although his nickname Shiver Me Timbers is quite apt as well.
When I first got Charlie, he was a typical Beagle. An escape artist. One who could defy all bets that said he couldn't escape. Well, mostly...
I had to adapt and learn how to search for ANYTHING that could give him any way to escape. That meant any hole, any crevice, sizes of fences, types of tie outs, etc. He can clear four feet high without an issue at all. This has been seen, repeatedly. Both on yard fences, and in my own house! When I tried to gate him into the living room once, I knew he could jump the baby gate, so my fiance suggested putting the backs of the kitchen chairs(foot feet high) up against the opposite site of the gate to deter him. It did not deter my little man. Immediately, he cleared it without touching a thing. We removed the chairs, knowing it would be more of a safety hazard if he was willing to jump those.
So, we gave in to the fact that if we didn't want him loose in certain areas, it meant we would have to kennel him.
He recently had a problem with regression in his house training and peeing all over my house - three times, three days in a row. And the weird part, is this was within a week of him having a seizure, so I wonder if they were related. In fact, I predicted he was going to have one 'soon', two days prior to him actually having one. I saw the change in his behavior, saw that he was more 'shivery' than normal, etc and said to my fiance, "It's been a couple of months... one is going to hit soon.." Luckily, when it did at 2am, I was awake, heard him banging in his kennel and managed to get him out before he collapsed. I even managed to make it shorter-lived(I read on a canine seizure site that pressure on the closed eyes helped with other seizure dogs, so I tried it, gently holding my hand over his eyes and applying a very very light pressure and he started to come out of it right away, although I'm wary to as of yet, say that's what caused him to come out of it so soon)... But it was only a petite mal, not a grand.
Anyway, onto my point of this post... I began tethering him to me, much like I did when I first got him, and kenneling him when I couldn't supervise, etc. At one point, I was doing A LOT at once, and decided to give him a break. I tethered him in my living room away from furniture.
I kept checking on him, he had food and water access, and he had toys and bones to chew on. In fact, he was quite content to take a break and relax. But shortly after... I found him there, in the spot I had left him, but his leash was not attached to his collar. He sat pretty, acting like he was still on it. But it was laying on the ground. Both leash and collar still fully intact and with no signs of tampering with them.
Here's the thing... This has happened many times over the past several years and was THE REASON I invested in a secure dog run for yards that were not as secure, and the reason he is NEVER EVER left unsupervised on a leash. He's managed this multiple times. On various different kinds of leads, but all with the same basic leash clip. How he does it, I have no idea, because EVERY SINGLE TIME, I ensure that it is clipped onto his collar properly. In fact, his collar is such a thick, wide collar, that if you have the belt of it tucked through the ring, it's actually a pain to clip it on and off of it because you have to wiggle it a bit and fight with it.
Can anyone else's dog escape their leashes without appearing to have tampered with either their collar or the leash? This has happened several times, and I have NEVER caught him in the act. And it astounds me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
He's gotten tie outs off the round clip on those yard 'stakes'. He's gotten tie outs unclipped from his collar multiple times, and he's gotten regular leashes unclipped from his collar multiple times. I'm debating trying to find a leash without a basic clip, just for the added safety precaution - although he is never left unsupervised on ANY form of leash or tie, due to his seizures anyway.... But if I'm walking him and he pulls this off on a walk..... Any recommendations?
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