Grandpa's puppy

Old 06-15-06, 09:00 AM
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Grandpa's puppy

My 80 yr old Grandpa just got a new pupply that is 6 months old. I can't remember the breed but it is some sort of poodle, very cute. Anyway, I live about 1/8 of a mile from him and the dog seems to enjoy the company of my 2 yr old daughter so the dog come over every day. I don't mind having the dog around but when I am working outside it is a pain. Yesterday I was pouring 600 square ft of concrete on my driveway and the darn thing came over and I was able to grab her just before she took a flying leap into the new mud. My grandpa isn't happy with her either but he doesn't seem to be taking many steps to cure the problem. I thought about suggesting an underground fence but I can't seem to figure out a way to suggest this without making the dog out to be the devil. Any other suggestions on how to humanely restrain the dog? I don't like to see a puppy tied up and I'm sure he won't want to put up a fence.
Old 06-15-06, 07:22 PM
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The humane thing would be to protect the dog by installing a fence, and keeping it inside the fenced area unless it is on a leash. Doing this before the dog wanders into the road and gets killed makes a lot of sense. Obedience training would be good to get the dog under control and make it a pleasure to have around. This training would be a good present for Grandpa.

The underground or invisible fence is a nice idea but it fails to protect the dog from outsiders, is a problem for the dog if it gets beyond the fence and cannot return, and fails to meet many laws requiring physical restraint of dogs by a fence or leash.

If a fence is not to be installed, perhaps a house cat would be a more suitable pet.

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