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Hindering Houdini: How to Prevent Dog Escapes From Your Yard

Anyone who owns a dog knows that dogs love to run and play.  Perhaps a geriatric dog would rather lounge in the sun and warm his aching bones, but most dogs want and need exercise.  Walking on a leash with Master is seldom enough so, unless a dog park is nearby, a play yard is required.  If planning a play yard, preventing dog escapes is a critical aspect to consider.

Why Your Dog Escapes

Most dogs are protective.  Some are natural hunters.  Therefore dogs will want to drive away perceived threats like other dogs, school bus monsters, delivery service trucks, and cars with loud exhaust systems.  Some will chase prey: cats, squirrels, bunny rabbits, and birds.  Others are gregarious and want to play with passers-by.  Some have an adventurous spirit and occasionally get the wander-lust.

Blondie Bear looking fit specializing in dog escapesOur “Houdini dog”: Blondie Bear, fell into these last two categories.  She likes to make friends, but also has (or had) a strong wander-lust.  She’s a big girl: 90 pounds, but powerful and surprisingly agile for her size.  She posed quite a challenge in preventing dog escapes, until I learned a few tricks.  Tricks on preventing dog escapes that I will now share with you.

Chain-Tether-Run

Some dog owners opt for the simplicity of putting their dog on a chain or vinyl coated steel cable that is attached to something solid.  As a permanent solution to dog escapes, this is a terrible idea.  Many communities are passing ordinances making it illegal to tether a dog for more than a very short time (like an hour).  No one wants to see a dog living his live on the end of a six foot chain staked to the ground.  This is abuse and can result in criminal prosecution.

Using a run wire to preven dog escapesIf no other solution is available, using a cable & trolley run to extend a dog’s range while keeping him secured is better than a simple tether, but still presents problems especially in the area of potential injury to the dog. Continue reading Hindering Houdini: How to Prevent Dog Escapes From Your Yard

Worming Large Dogs At Low Cost

One of my Fosters, Ricky, has been producing bloody diarrhea since Thursday.  I took him to the vet today.  It was complicated, but the simple version is he has Hookworms.   He’s now on an antidiarrheal, antibiotics, and a wormer.  And because hookworms are quite contagious, I’ll be worming ALL seven of the dogs for the next three days just to be safe.  There are two standard medications for this: Panacur and Safe-guard.

wormingPanacur comes as a liquid (suspension) or pills.  A liter of Panacur liquid costs around $130.00 and is available only through vet supply outlets. I have also used Panacur paste for equines, but this is difficult to get the proper dose measured out for dogs.  The dispenser is graduated in increments of 250 pounds up to 1000 pounds.  Setting up the dispenser for an 80 pound dog is educated-guesswork.  A 30 pound dog is hopeless.

wormingThe pills in boxes of three and in sizes for 10 pounds, 20 pounds, and 40 pounds.  If your dog is bigger than 40 pounds, you combine boxes to get close to the right weight.  Most places that sell pet medications have the pills and they run $7.00 to $15.00 per box.  I figured I’d need 16 boxes to give seven dogs of various sizes three doses each. Continue reading Worming Large Dogs At Low Cost