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Old 03-07-2005, 05:19 PM   #1
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I need some help with my run away Yorkie

What does everyone else do??
Bell is bad!! She use to run away when ever she got a chance. But since she has gotten older (2 years old) She really was good for a long time (at least 6 months now) But today, my husband, my daughter, and myself took a long drive to check out my daughters college (where she will be a freshman next year) My mother who is in great shape for 72 was home with Bell and when she went out the back door, so did Bell. I live in a gated community, but its located on a busy street(right outside the gate) and Bell loves to run. I have started to install a fence around my yard but am only 1/3 finished.(it cost my over $2000) for the one section and it will be at least a year before its completed. My poor mother ran after Bell for almost 1 hour, as Bell ran through neighbors yards, street, puddles, and the swamp. My mother told me that nothing she said or did brought Bell back, Until she was tired. I know my Bell is taller than most or your yorkies and she sure is fast and wirey!! But I need to know, What does everyone else do to let their yorkies run?? I would be grateful for any help.
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Only one of my Yorkies like to run away, that would be Jake. Our backyard is fenced in and Jake & Buddy go outside often when the wetaher permits. We have an alarm system and when ever a door is opened it beeps....Jake knows when the front door is opened and he tries every time to get out. I just tell him to come get a treat. This works all the time except the the neighbors female Pomeranian is outside.
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Old 03-07-2005, 07:29 PM   #3
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That sounds like Mia! Yikes! Today she had her bath, DD took her potty and she ran, down the street (hill) about 3 houses, then up about 3 , just like lightning. I saw her start off out my window from the computer and ran out to help catch her. She finally listened to me and came home, but it was very scary!

I'm planning on putting her in 'school' and I'm hoping that will help.
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Old 03-08-2005, 06:34 PM   #4
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I have had Bell run away on me too, And when a car comes down the street I start to really panic! They are so small and so fast a person driving wouldn't even see them running across the street. But I have to do something!! I have thought about the invisible fence, but the piece they have to wear around their necks seems so big. And then you still have to train them!! The only thing Bell really is interested in is COOKIES and the PUPPIES across the street, I told my mother that the next time she should just yell out " Bell do you want to see the puppies" and she'll PROBABLY come. But I would so rather it be that Bell never gets out again.
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:58 PM   #5
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Hi everyone! Bodhi and I are new to this thread, too. I keep Bodhi on a leash constantly when outside. Too many bad experiences with yorkies finding the smallest hole in a fence, or jumping out of the car before I have even collected my purse.

There was also a post here recently about someone's yorkie running out when the owner answered the door. She mentioned keeping a leash near the door from then on. I suppose it would be used prior to opening the door.

Boy! I hope you come up with a solution for a frightening situation.
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The best thing you could do for your Yorkie would be to buy a baby gate or two and install in the kitchen or a bathroom or whatever room you decide that she can be pinned in. Whenever anyone is even thinking about going out the door (be it to answer it or to get the mail or leave, whatever) put Belle in that room. That way, she is confined and safe from bolting out the door when you least expect it. When your back in and the door is safely shut, let her back out. That;s the best thing you can do to prevent something from happening to her should she bolt out again.
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Old 03-10-2005, 08:23 AM   #7
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My first yorkie did all the time. As soon as she see's something interesting she runs off and I couldn't call her back. I got really tired of her doing it so I took her to a dog behavorist and we work it out of her.

What we did was lots and lots of recalls. What it involved was putting her on a long leash and calling her to me. As soon as she came, she got a treat. After she was did that consistantly, we started to add distraction( one person walking around the room or bring in a dog). Then the distraction increase and finally we did the whole thing all over again off leash. One of the worst one was placing her in a enclosed field with 20 loose dogs and calling her to me off leash. She has no problem doing it now and I'm not afraid she will run away anymore.

I hope this info helps. Good luck with your dog.
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our old house didn't have a backyard and are street was close to a highway my lhasa liked to get out and run to the highway i even had to stop traffic once. we got a rope and tied it to somes poles on the front porch then tied the other end to her leash and put her on the leash. it worked really good she had enough room to run, get in the shade and the sun but couldn't get to the road or the driveway. you could try doing that just make sure she has plenty of room to run but not to get in dangerous places.
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If you are going to tie your dog out on a rope I suggest you use a harness not a collar. Especially if it is going to be unsupervised. I hear about dogs getting tangled up or strangled by the ropes all the time. JUST BECAREFUL!!!
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Please, please, please be careful. Bell sounds a lot like my yorkie Mike. Bigger than average, loved to be outside and run around. The one and only time he ran away he was hit by a car and killed instantly. The grief was unbearable and then add on the tremendous guilt that I didn't keep my baby safe. I like both the baby gate idea and the behaviorist. Take care.
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I understand your concerns, my little one is 2 years old now and has run away MANY times! He doesnít look back and I always pray that I catch him before something happens.

I finally went onto drsfostersmith.com and bought the Elongate Expandable Gate ($74.99) that I put across my front door so that when the door is open, I do not have to worry about him. Itís probably been about 8 months or so since heís gotten away..
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I agree with the gate! Simon is a runner so I have a baby gate in my hallway so when I open the front door he can't run out! He ran out the door once when we were visiting my aunt and almopst ran into a field of COWS!!! I told Hallie to go get Simon and she did and ran with him all the way back into the house! We are still working on the come command (and he is a year and a half) so I know how scared you must be! good luck
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Can I ask is this something your dogs have always done or did it start later? I had a runaway dog once and it was not fun chasing her for blocks on end. If there were ever a time I wanted to throw something up side her head, two hours of "catch me if you can" was pretty close to the breaking point. It was awful. My first dog (mutt) never, ever ran away from us. She'd never left the front yard regardless of what else was going on and immediately came if you called. Any way Trace doesn't go galloping off, but wondered if this becomes a problem when they are a little older? He's 3 months.

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My mother who is in great shape for 72 was home with Bell completed. My poor mother ran after Bell for almost 1 hour,
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Mom's in terrificshape if can run for an hour after the dog You might have a hard time getting her to babysit again though.....LOL
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Once in awhile our dog Comic sees a squirrel and takes off out the door.
I sceam "TREAT" or "Carrot" and he comes right back.
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