Max has been at it again. My partner had been saving to install power to his new shed and he diverted the funds to building fences around the areas that we just can't remove the gravel from. He took time off work and we just spent 3 weeks working on the project. We are slow old fence builders. The fences needed to be reasonably presentable as they are right up near the house and surround a pool area. Just days before finishing Max got another rock.
He took ill on Thursday and the rock didn't pass until mid Saturday. My vet nurse was lovely and babysat him free of charge on Friday when I had to attend an appointment. I couldn't possibly leave him unattended as things can take a turn for the worse rapidly and quick decisions need to be made in that event.
This is the longest it has taken for one to pass through and it's a miracle this one made it without needing another surgery. He has passed one as long and wide as this before but not as fat.
The fencing is done and my son is here today and removing the last area of gravel that couldn't be fenced, hope we have solved this dangerous problem.
I have trained the disks in but not actually used them as yet. The problem has been the vast area's that are landscaped with gravel. There wasn't an area where he didn't have access to gravel. We have been able to remove it from some area's and replace with a very small gravel. The area we could not remove it from has now been fenced off. I will be able to use the disks for the random rocks which occur in the general garden. Removing as much temptation first has been our priority and broken our backs over the past month. It's still dark here but when the sun comes up I'll take a photo of what I am talking about.
Yes indeed, God bless our vet nurse. The vet was out for the day with large animals so she just cared for him in the practice without any hospital or observation charges. She could call the vet back in if things turned bad. Small town living sure does have it's benefits at times, things are so much more personal with a willingness to just help out. I think a city practice would have charged for sure. I bought her a bunch of flowers.
EMBER Yes, I too am keen to see if the disks work. It was very easy to train the disks in. They come with a booklet that not only covers the use of the disks but also much on the basics of raising a dog and it's all quite DT thinking. The use of the disks could be said to be dabbling in DT methods but as discussed elsewhere there are times and extreme cases where there are no other options, which is not to say it will be the option that works, we can only try.
With the above mentioned in mind I felt it was important to minimise as much as possible the frequency with which the method might be required and "set things up" in a more controlled manner. In spite of all we have done the very nature of the terrain is still going to present temptations. Great caution must be taken with Max or it could be more harmful than helpful. He is prone to anxiousness is a super people pleaser with OCD tendencies. Jeez, you could make a mess of him.
The house was literally surrounded by gravel. To the front (cars , carport and entry) it remains but the dogs don't have access unless on lead. To the east 3 cubic mt have been removed. To the north and west another 4 cubic mt removed. To the north where is can't be removed we have fenced it off. Apart from the gravel you can see in the photo's, it is also under the deck that surrounds 3 sides of the pool.
In the third and fourth photo, the gate at the back leads into their 4 x 14 mt secure enclosure. We had to make the new pool entry gate wide to span the existing path and as it happens it is just the right size to open right up and create another enclosure area which might be handy.
We have to have gravel in a channel around the house for drainage and for the prevention of subterranean termites that will eat your house down, so we have replaced it with a small gravel that if swallowed won't be so problematic.
Now that all this is done I can focus on the disk training.
I love your yard.
Yes John Fisher was kind of DT, however he was very progressive for his time. It was a time when DT was gold standard. I did train with his program "Think Dog". He was not a confrontational trainer, he believed if Dominance truly was the issue you would be very foolished to confront it. He did not see everything as dominance. He actually took on the police force and challenged them on their training techniques. Because he didn't believe in corrective "I say, you do" style.
It was a great loss when he died I think he would have lead the way. I think he really believed in leadership rather than Alpha. He wrote many books, which were written with great humour and love of dogs. He was an amazing mentor
Beautiful yard. I can see the challenges you have with a rock monster. I hope all your hard works helps.
I have never used the discs but know of something similar. Metal link chain in a small bag/pouch about the size of a bean bag.
I believe used the same way as the discs. Tossed, rattled, etc, to startle the dog, giving you the chance to redirect. Isn't that what pennies in a can were used for also?
I don't have discs or chain in a bag, do if I have the theory of how they are used all wrong?