As the Rattlesnake House project draws ever closer to finish, now I must begin the process of building the dog pen. I know it will be completed soon. I just have that gut feeling where my laziness is telling me we’re going to be working hard soon and not laying around sleeping late on weekends.
Building a good dog pen shouldn’t be too bad, right? I have one large size (not as large as Alfred), one medium size, one small size, and one toy size dog. Just make sure any fence we build is tall enough for the large not to step over and small enough wire for the toy to not slip through, right? Well, if the medium size wasn’t my trusty husky/collie Wink, that would be true. Wink digs, jumps, and climbs. It seems that if you can throw water through a fence she can get out of it. She favors more husky traits than collie, and I had hoped for different when it came to being able to escape from things even Al Capone wouldn’t have tried to escape from.
She got really bad about jumping out of her first dog pen. So we raised it a couple of feet. She was not deterred. She just started climbing out. I tried an electric wire across the top of that dog pen. I favored that rather than the punishment the highway we lived on would have provided. She learned that a quick pop to the nose and just pushing through to the thick double coat on her neck would allow her passage under it. Then she figured out how to avoid the nose pop.
I looked into underground fencing. The collars are designed to send a mild shock when they get too close to the buried wire. The collar wouldn’t go through her hair. Other husky owners also regaled me with stories of how that wouldn’t work and she would just keep running the other way until it lost signal if it even managed to hit a spot of skin.
She can go over, and under. So now what? She can’t be just locked inside the house all of the time, apparently. She has broken a couple of windows too. The first was her and the big dog, Sarge, who were after a threat to their property. Now she just knows that she can, so she will. She has to go outside sometimes for exercise and doggie business anyway. She hates the leash, and I don’t do chaining or dog runners unless I have no other option.
I staked her out once while cleaning. The stake and wire was rated for 200 pounds. She is only like 45 or 50, so it should work, right? A little overkill to do the job. They were incorrect when they left off, “Ineffective for huskies once they are able to open their eyes.” So how do we keep a Wink inside of a fence? Is she doomed to only be able to go outside on a leash and never have any freedom? That’s not good for a husky. I started doing my homework about how to treat the bad traits rather than just training. That was step one.Hermann says please like and share!