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Comment by Betsy Swisher on September 18, 2012 at 9:01pm

I am looking for a home for my daughter's Goldendoodle.  She is in need of extended medical care and I am unable to take Jack into my home in Pennsylvania.  I am looking for a forever home for Jack.  He is a loving energetic handsome boy who is not quite two years of age.  He is in excellent health and up to date on all veterinary care.  If you know someone who can offer a loving home with room to run and play I would be eternally grateful to that person.

Comment by Barbara Holloway on September 16, 2012 at 12:11pm

Bruce, you are a genius!  I try to think like Luke but never would have thought of this.  Thank you!!!

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on September 16, 2012 at 11:24am

Whew...glad I came in on this blog AFTER the fact.  Scary !

Another suggestion, Barbara.  I had an escape artist once...I'd leave for work and after a short time, a neighbor called to say he was out of his back yard...fenced yard.  I explored, but couldn't find how he got out.

I tried this trick:  I made sure he knew I was going to work...got in the car and drove off, but ONLY to around the corner.  I snuck back to the house, got in without him seeing me and set up a watch.  He meandered around for about 20 minutes, then went straight for a corner.  THAT's where he was getting out.  I spent a couple hours fixing the hole and everything turned out fine.  No more escapes.

If you try that avenue, however, be prepared to stand watch for as long as it takes.  Preferably coffee and donuts !

Comment by Barbara Holloway on September 16, 2012 at 10:43am

Thank you all for the help during the insanity period of Luke's training of me.  I am learning a lot and coming along slowly, but nicely! 

He went to work with me the last two days and did so well I couldn't believe it.  Everybody that came in loved him, the socialization was incredible and my job security went way up, since everyone left comments about coming back soon to see Luke.  A couple of the dogs didn't care for him but there was no trouble, Luke was not offended and just went on to find another friend.  He is truly like no dog I have ever had or could have imagined ever existed. 

Jo Bill. thanks for the tip about the whistle.  I can see where that would really work well and I am getting one today.  He gets his last shot on Tuesday and then I am going to try to get him into Petco's Puppy Training.  He is too smart for me to try to do it right.  

Again, Luke thanks you for the help, too.  I think he got tired of all the smothering hugs he got when I found him.  But he tolerated them...  

Comment by Jo Bill on September 14, 2012 at 5:12pm

Barbara, I'm so glad Luke came home.  I was getting so worried reading it all!  WHEW!  I'd be devastated if anything happened to Gizmo!  In our mini Obedience class, the instructor (also my friend) suggested we all get a whistle - you know like one they use in athletic events.  What you do is train them that when they hear the whistle they come running to you from wherever they are.

 

To train them you get some really, really good treats - chicken, meatballs - something they don't ordinarily get for a treat.  Then when you are away from them in the house blow the whistle (pretty long tweet) and when they come to you to see what the sound was, you drop the special treat.  Don't acknowledge them when they come ... just drop the treat.  After they scarf it down, you act surprised to see them by you and say something to them in a surprised voice ... "well, what are YOU doing  here?  I didn't see you!"  Do that in several areas of your house and fenced yard. 

 

This can be used anytime they might have gone far away and you can't find them.  They can hear the whistle much better than your voice in the neighborhood AND they remember the yummy treat they get when they come to you.

 

Just a suggestion.

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on September 14, 2012 at 11:00am

Funny thing about how they can hide - Dulcie (who is certainly not tiny anymore) disappeared on me in the living room the other day.  Now where could a 32 lb. dog hide in a really quite small living room without much clutter?  Well, she had gotten behind the couch and was just sitting there peering out at me grinning.  I wouldn't have thought she could fit back there, but she really is quite slim (although tall) and she was snuggled in quite nicely!  Lol.  Anyway, glad Luke is back safe and that you survived the trauma!

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on September 14, 2012 at 9:17am

Luke!  It's not good to give Mommy a heart attack like that.  LOL  Ya know, I bet he was somewhere in the house.  Under a bed or something?  He was playing hide and seek with you.  You gotta love em.

Comment by Barbara Holloway on September 13, 2012 at 10:32pm

Grace, I will never know how that happened.  We were in the backyard when my cell phone blocked a call I had to make.  Went inside to get a wireless landline, went back out and he was gone.  There was no sign he dug under or jumped over the fence.  He is pretty much in only one room in the house and he wasn't there so I checked every other place in the house and he was simply gone.  I truly thought someone had taken him, because there was no sign of escape or the perfect hiding place.  I kept coming back to check and still nothing.  The last time I left, I didn't realize until later that I was so upset I didn't even shut the front door.  When I came home after that, he was just sitting by the door waiting for me.  Don't know which direction he came from - in or out.  He did not have tags on because I had ordered them last week (after I decided on a name) and they won't be here until Monday.  However...  he has a very makeshift tag now that works just fine, he has an appointment at 1:00 on Tuesday to get a chip and it's going to be a long time before he gets out of my sight.   Thank you all for the support and caring. 

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on September 13, 2012 at 7:50pm

Oh and how did he get out?  Did he dig through?  Our other dog Fletch use to dig his way out if left outside alone for too long.  I'm talking longer then 5 minutes.    LOL

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on September 13, 2012 at 7:47pm

Oh my God!  Barbara.  You scared the living daylights out of me.    Does Luke have his micro chip yet?  Please get that done if he hasn't.  What about tags?  Does he have tags on?  Do that too.  It's taking me a minute to calm down now.  I was so heart broken.  I'm so glad he is home. 

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