We've just got back from a lovely long walk around Virginia Water Lake. I'm tired and Oscar was dragging his feet and had his head down for the last mile. Tess must have run at the very least three times as far as we did, plus she'd been swimming so many times doing her weird version of the doggie paddle where she tries to keep her ears out of the water! My husband says that's a six mile walk for us, so she did 18 and it still wasn't enough to even slightly tire her!
So what did she do as soon as we popped the back of the car open when we got home?
Jumped the fence.
She's been getting crafty recently and she knows that if she doesn't go far but equally doesn't quite come home even though we've got the gates open to make it easy, my husband will come out to look for her (for she is always his dog when she is bad!).
And Tess will then appear just a little way ahead down the path and do an impression of Lassie saying "follow me". She will then take him for a walk to MacLaren's head office on the common - a good half an hour away.
Then she will concede to answer his calls and allow him to put her lead on and walk her back.
She is obviously a very clever dog who is totally addicted to exercise!
Does anyone have any ideas how we can stop her doing this how to get extra time on a walk scam - apart from an 8 foot high fence?
We always reward her for coming back - but the extra walk seems to be an even greater reward. Plus on walks we do recall and release.
Open to suggestions other than shooting her!
I've registered at a new vet so maybe we'll ask them what they think. Is this part of her weird turns. She's not been quite so bad lately, only one postman and a boiler repair man growled at.
Maybe she's not getting enough exercise? But I get the feeling all day and all night still wouldn't be enough!