>if the cat runs they turn into pirana puppies. One cat likes them so
>much he brings them prey.
That's one forgiving cat!
>2) Future problem:
>One puppy is probably going to a farm home, where it will have duties
>when it grows up which will make it impossible for to be in a fenced
>yard/on leash all the time. Any suggestions for teaching boundaries and
>"stay off the road"?
Will he be under supervision? For a dog with a stick-around nature,
that's sometimes all it takes.
Here's a really mean method from Linda Colflesh (_Making Friends_),
if you know which individual puppy they're going to take. It's preferable
that the pup be in its fear period, so if they're still under 10 weeks you
could try it. Take the pup out for a wander and approach the road. As the
puppy crosses the curb or shoulder to enter the road, scream and cry
in "fear." Snatch up the puppy and run to "safety," where you comfort and
praise it. Colflesh advises really laying it on to terrify the pup, and in
order to terrify the reader ;-) she suggests imagining the puppy crushed
and dead in the road.
I haven't tried this myself but rarely have had a puppy that young; I have
trained a somewhat fearful dog (my Sheltie) to not cross the road with just
a lot of city walking and stopping at every curb. Now that I think of it,
that was a *lot* more walking than is going to fit into the average person's
life -- hours and miles a day, so the average dog wouldn't get enough exposure.
Perhaps the farm dog's chores -- again supervised -- would give him
enough experience of being called away from the road that it would have
the same effect?
The radio fences work well enough for some dogs, not at all for others.
Dee has heard that they won't work for ACDs, but we knew a young
one who touched the cows' electric fence and refused ever to enter
the pasture again. Maybe the visible boundary made the diference to
this dog. It's important that the invisible "fence" be thought of as a
training device rather than a real fence, and an unconfined dog always has
the choice to brave the shock and leave. OTOH, some dogs are
truly boundary trained by being on an invisible fence system, and
don't attempt to check the warning zone or leave the yard even without
the collar on.