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I agree. I think he looks fabulous.

Yup. He looks to be in good shape to me.
I think that the vets get used to seeing fat dogs, and start calling the fit ones skinny. After Isabelle's last vet visit, her owner was fuming. Called the vet a moron (not to his face) for suggesting that his dog needs to gain 3-5 pounds. She's in absolutely fantastic shape, and doesn't need to gain any weight at all.
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Which is not okay with this sort of dog. I never let Elliott off-leash off my property, even when he was at the point where I could generally call him off critters. It's just not worth the risk.

Honestly, if I had a dog with that high of a prey drive, he would simply never be off leash. Sure that makes pottying a chore, but I'd rather spend the time supervising him than chasing him down through the neighborhood because he jumped the fence. The thought of one of my dogs running after a critter with no regard for threats to their own safety scares the hell out of me.
A dog on a leash can still be adequately exercised and played with. I'd be doing a lot of walking (ok, trail running) with such a dog, and perhaps backyard playing on a long line.

Lynne
Honestly, if I had a dog with that high of a prey drive, he would simply never be off leash.

Good heavens. My guess is that after living with that for a bit you'd see the light and put up better fencing.
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Honestly, if I had a dog with that high of a prey drive, he would simply never be off leash.

If I had a fence climber, for sure. Or if I had a digger and couldn't reinforce the bottom of the fence. Elliott wasn't a climber (ha!) and though he was a digger, he only dug out once before I got wise to that and fixed the problem. The only other time he got out was a freak accident when he hit the fence and it broke. The welded wire snapped.
The larger problem for me was critters coming into the yard, not him getting out.
The OP, though, has a climber. Unless he can figure out something to stop that, then I think leashes or cable ties are the only safe options.
Sure that makes pottying a chore,

Eh. It's what I'm doing now, and frankly, it's not a big deal. I usually went out with my dogs even with a fence, though, because of the wildlife issue.

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Good heavens. My guess is that after living with that for a bit you'd see the light and put up better fencing.

Ayup. Which in my case meant reinforcing the bottom of the fence. Not a big deal, or very expensive.

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A dog on a leash can still be adequately exercised

Your breed, perhaps.
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Good heavens. My guess is that after living with that for a bit you'd see the light and put up better fencing.

Yeah, I just read on and realized I was under the mistaken impression that he was jumping a 6' wooden fence.

Lynne
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The OP, though, has a climber. Unless he can figure out something to stop that, then I think leashes or cable ties are the only safe options.

I thought his dog was a jumper. And he could easily jump a six foot fence.
Sure that makes pottying a chore,

Eh. It's what I'm doing now, and frankly, it's not a big deal. I usually went out with my dogs even with a fence, though, because of the wildlife issue.

My neighbors hand walk their sheltie on leash all the time, and at noon, or when they go out for the evening, I walk her in the evening as well. She does not get enough exercise leash walking. She's a little watermelon
Eh. It's what I'm doing now, and frankly, it's not a big deal. I usually went out with my dogs even with a fence, though, because of the wildlife issue.

I'm just psyching myself up for puppy pottying, hehe.

Lynne
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