If you've been following me on Tumblr, you'll know more about this situation than you do if you only follow me here on DA, but the gist of it is pretty simple: Jude, our low-content wolfdog, escaped yet another "escape-proof" cage while my man and I were in town, and he managed to kill five of our six remaining chickens. Thankfully, he didn't make it any further than that - we got home before he could jump the fence and make it out into the surrounding farmland.
Wolfdogs are notorious escape artists, and our baby is no exception. He came to us as a Craigslist rescue, as his previous two owners were unable to provide him with the care and containment he required.
When we first brought him home, he didn’t even respond to his own name - he was distant, strong-willed, and had extreme separation anxiety.
With love and a LOT of clicker-training, we eventually taught him basic commands and altered our lives to better-suit his needs. He has blossomed into a very loving and loyal companion.
But, Jude is still a wolfdog. And wolfdogs are not normal pets. No amount of training will curb certain instinctive behaviors - escaping being one of those things. He has gotten out of several different cages catered to normal domestic dogs, and we fear that, aside from killing animals on our small homestead, he may run out to the nearby highway and get hit by a car, or worse - end up at a neighboring farm where he’ll be mistaken for a wild wolf and shot.
The solution to the problem is simple: We need to erect an enclosure fully-capable of containing Jude both securely and happily, so that he can have a long and fulfilling life with his ‘pack’.