On top of our chaotic house full of children, we have a cat and a dog. Our dog Mariah, is a 10 month old Golden Retriever. She’s beautiful and smart… in fact she’s tooo smart for her own good.
Our house sits on an acre of land and there’s no fence. When she was tiny, a fence just wasn’t an issue. She would stay in the yard with us and not wander off. As she got bigger, that changed and we had to come up with something creative to keep her out of our neighbors’ yards.
Our solution? We installed an invisible fence…no not literally silly…an Underground Radio Fence. http://www.petsafe.net/ It’s a really neat invention. We’ve been extremely happy with it until recently. (I’ll get to why in a minute) Do you have any idea how cool it is when someone walks by the house and sees this big-ole dog sitting in the middle of the yard staring them down? Talk about a MAJOR security measure. I can’t tell you how many times people have commented on how well she’s trained. HA!!! Yeah right, I only wish! Little do they know, our “trained” dog has just learned to stay in our yard or get SHOCKED.
*Now before you jump on me for animal cruelty, the system claims it doesn’t hurt the animal. She’s never yelped like it hurts her, but it’s definitely uncomfortable.
Anyway, our wonderful smart dog has learned that if she takes a running start, the shock isn’t so bad after all. ARGH! Can you believe that!? For the last few weeks, it’s been an absolute nightmare. She thinks she owns the neighborhood. Wandering around until she’s good and ready to come home, at which point she plops her wet, muddy self in front of our door. ACK!
What am I going to do with her? I knew Golden’s were smart animals, but this is just too much. We should have gone with a beagle or some other animal that’s not known for its intelligence.
I suppose we’ll have to put up a real fence now. I’m kind of bummed about it. I rather enjoy not having one…