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Controlling our Basset Hounds

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Hello again, today I am going to be discussing how we control our dogs and keep them under control especially the two boys. Honey was never that bad, but she wasn’t and still isn’t the best role model for the dogs.

In my Garden, there is  back and a front part. The dogs absolutely love it as they get to play in it all day. When we first got Honey, she often got out of the garden. Outside, beside the utility room, we have a small enclose area where we keep the dogs. Honey was kept in there when we first got her, but she was a very slinky, sneaky girl and she managed to squeeze underneath the Gate door. Now, at the time, Honey was a lot slimmer than she is today. She had absolutely no problem getting underneath. As a result of this, we tried a few things:

  • we put things e.g. flowerpots underneath the gate door to try to block her way out,
  • we tried tightening the gate with an old, worn lead that we found,
  • we also tried feeding her some extra food to try to fatten her up so she wouldn’t be able to fit underneath the gate.
Here is a chubby Honey today
Here is a chubby Honey today

None of these methods worked. Eventually, Honey grew bored with that and so we ultimately decided to keep her in the house. It was great having her in the house, although my dad didn’t really like it.

When the pups were about eight months old, we thought it was time to let the dogs out into the garden, with the main gates closed, obviously. I have mentioned it before in previous blog posts that the dogs were quite prone to getting out of our garden. Each time they would get out, we would check all over the garden to see where they could have possibly gotten out. Every time we checked, we would find a spot, block and cover it up. But, then the next day they would still get out.

Here is a picture of Bumble relaxing on the couch
Here is a picture of Bumble relaxing on the couch

It was a very tiring few months, but we eventually managed to stop them from getting out for a while. One day, a friend of my moms came over for lunch. She noticed how active and curious are dogs were, also my mom mentioned to her about them getting out. My mom’s friend suggested shock collars. Since the dogs had recently started getting out again, my mom considered it and said she would give the dogs a trial run.

It was horrific. It was a school day when my mom decided t otry them out, we all arrived home to the painful howling of the dogs. I ouldn’t bear it. I practically begged my mom to take the collars off the dogs. She took them off and the dogs were shaking like mad after it.

This gate is quite similiar to the gate by the utility rom
This gate is quite similiar to the gate by the utility room

We were vry much against the shock collar! Who would want to use such a horrible contraption on an innocent animal. My mom’s friend is a total dog person, and the only reason she suggested it was because her dogs were mad like ours and the collars were the only things that worked on them.

Nowadays, the dogs never get out and are happiest chilling out around the garden.

Until next time my lovely readers! Thanks for reading and pleaes feel free to like and share my blog posts.




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