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Old 07-16-2017, 09:47 AM   #15
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Crate divider panel.
Oh, good idea, I have one sitting around, wonder if it will fit.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:15 AM   #16
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Those of us with flat screen doors are lucky in that we can purchase pet resistant screening material. It is a coated window screen and can be found at places such as Home Depot and Lowes. I installed it on my door and windows as I may need to travel with my cats now and again. Kitties can rip through regular fiberglass screens if they are so inclined by the need to escape for whatever reason comes into their heads. You will need to change to a smaller diameter screen spline as the pet screen is thicker than your original screening because of the coating on it.

Phifer 48 in. x 84 in. Black Pet Screen-3004153 - The Home Depot

Even though you can't use this with a pleated door screen you could change out your window screening to prevent your escape artist from exiting that way.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:33 AM   #17
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:34 AM   #18
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You might want to put some spray paint or thread on the door as he could be badly hurt. I have had that problem myself of walking into it. Even people often can't see it.
This happened at least 6 years ago, and I think that both of us are much wiser now, and think to check. After all the work I put into my Escape 5.0TA, I could not bring myself to muck up the look of the screen door.
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Oh I see your problem...that looks like a bird dog!

Yeah, when their instinct kicks in and they smell or see something- brain off, chase on.
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Last year after we got our Casita, we worried about our dog Ali pushing through the rather fragile screen door. So I found some of this metal grillwork (whatever it's called) in the basement, cut it to size, and screwed it on:

Wouldn't work for your accordion door, of course. And old Ali, it turned out, was content to just sleep and hasn't tried to get out. But I'm pleased with the way it looks.

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Oh I see your problem...that looks like a bird dog!

Yeah, when their instinct kicks in and they smell or see something- brain off, chase on.
I know a few guys that do field trials with birds dogs, and these dogs would never take off without permission.

I can have a deer, porcupine, bird, etc, near us, and though our dog would love to give chase, understands he cannot without being allowed. A great thing when doing wildlife photography.

I am a believer that any dog can be trained, no matter the age of disposition. There are a very few exceptions. Even though most owners love there dogs dearly, many just can't be bothered to put the effort in.

Case in point, a good friend who lives in an acreage had there 5 year old Aussie, a nice dog with next to no training, had me take care of it for a bit while they attended a family emergency. They said he did not heel or always come when called. After an hour working with him, I had him heeling fairly well without a lead, though not perfect yet. Recall did take a bit of time though, but did come.

I am not saying this to toot my horn about being good at training, just to say that it can be done.

By the way, "treaties" is not a command, just a confirmation that what they are doing is right.
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When we got our new sliding door between house and patio, it came with a screened slider. We hadn't had a screen door there before. With my low vision, within a few days, I ran full-tilt into the screen, knocking it from the doorway flat onto the patio. I darn near strained myself.


After much thought, I took some large, flat buttons (over 1" across) and used thin copper wire to wire a number of them on the outside of the screen at my own and husband's eye levels (making sure the buttons would clear the glass slider. I wired some at the dogs' eye level just in case.


I haven't run into the screen since--but I have had weird moments of wondering WHAT kind of horrible huge bugs were trying to get into the house--before I remember they're just buttons. And I do have to explain to the odd person why I have buttons "randomly" stuck to my screen door.


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I darn near strained myself.
Sorry Kai, but I chuckled at your misery after reading this.
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Hi, Jim,


I do such stupid things sometimes, I laugh at myself once the shock wears off...glad to share the fun!


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Yes training is the best approach, where most fall down is lacking consistent 100% reinforcement of the good and discouraging the bad behavior. Allowing one excited jump up greeting insures about 10 times you will have to correct that behavior. Not praising a good greeting makes the next time just a bit less likely to get the behavior you desire.

Katie isn't bad about trying to take off or slip out but Standard Schnauzers were bred as farm dogs for several hundred years, she has a rodent killing prey drive that is extremely strong. As in has been known to run 6 feet straight up a tree after a squirrel. Falls down, like the coyote running off a cliff.

At 10 1/2 years old still ran down squirrel that tried to raid the bird feeder. Despite the two trees and pergola and fence near by. If a squirrel ran by she will pursue if off lead. Can call her off but not easy to get her to leave the tree rat up the tree.

This is despite her agility training where most runs would start with her in a sit stay with other dogs and people all around. Or at outdoor resturants where she will lay down and stay. Dogs and people and food are not rodents!

Our next camping trip will be interesting we will have a 4 month old Schnauzer pup and Katie both, in a 13 ft. I'm thinking kennel cage will be going along. Katie can be trusted, Binka will chew a hole in the side of the camper or through the wood floor just because she can. Pup grabbed a 2 ft. chunk of 2x4 and tried to drag it inside to chew on.
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When we got our new sliding door between house and patio, it came with a screened slider. We hadn't had a screen door there before. With my low vision, within a few days, I ran full-tilt into the screen, knocking it from the doorway flat onto the patio. I darn near strained myself.
You should try walking through a plate glass office door. I did, and ended up with a bloody nose and a $500 bill for the glass. Fortunately it did not shatter enough to cause more serious damage. But the customer I was going to meet was surprised to see me in such dazed condition.

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Sadie's ears look exactly like a wig in that shot. I don't think I would be able to resist putting sunglasses on the back of her head for a few pics.

My dogs are always trained for voice commands, hand signals, and specific sounds.

Pure bred or the occasional rescue doesn't matter in the end result.
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