About a month ago my parents adopted two puppies from a shelter. They are part blue heeler. They currently have another part blue heeler that is 1 year old and had a 12 year part blue heeler that passed away earlier this year. So they are used to the characteristics that come with that breed. The one puppy is fine. The other is more of a handful. THey are both neutered if that makes a difference. Supposedly they are brothers (but don't look anything alike). Anyway, my parents live on a farm (horses) and have almost two acres of land that connects to their house and barn fenced in for their dogs. It is a wire fence like people put around gardens to keep rabbits out.
Over the years every once in awhile one of their dogs would find a way out and sneak through the fence. This always set them into a panic but the dogs never wandered off and were usually waiting at a gate to get back in. They live very close to the road so that is one reason they panic when a dog gets out. Before they let the new puppies out in the yard they checked the fence very carefully. However about two weeks after they brought them home one of the puppies figured out how to get out of the fenced yard. Since then he has tried or managed to get out every single day. They are alone in the house for maybe 4 hours a day (while my parents are at work as they work opposite shifts.)
In the past my parents would let their dogs outside whenever they wanted and leave them out for hours at a time (if the dogs chose not to want back inside) and they would glance out and check on them every once in awhile. Over the weekend my dad put even more posts along the fence (to make it harder to pull the wire down, and they went around everywhere to ensure there were no holes or spaces for the dogs to get out (the puppies weigh at least 20 lbs so they are not tiny) The one puppy could care less about wandering or getting out. But the 2nd is the problem dog. After they fixed the fence they found the puppy with his head stuck under the wire trying to crawl out. he was stuck and couldn't get out.
so my parents have been staying outside with him and then bringing him back into the house. The thing is- he doesn't try to get out when they are outside. But if they go inside and watch him often they see him making an escape attempt. They say he seems to love his new home and I agree- he is a very happy puppy and cuddles with everyone who sits on the couch. He has a lot of engery but has three other young dogs (including his brother) to play with and that are outside with him. He is well fed (so he's not searching for food) and he doesn't appear to be afraid of anything. He has even tried to climb the fence and go over the top (like a cat) My parents are at their wits end trying to come up with solutions. They can't tie him out and they are afraid if they used some type of underground electric fence (with a collar) that if he got through the fence and he got shocked he'd run into the road that is very close to their house. My parents both work so they don't have a lot of time to stand outside and watch the dogs constantly (and especially in the winter). They do take him for walks on a leash but it seems unfair to let the other 3 dogs outside whenever they want and keep this puppy inside because they arent able to watch him constantly. My mom says he just seems to have an urge to explore and won't stay in the fence. The other puppy could care less about trying to escape (and he is part lab they believe) Any ideas that I can share with them?