Disappearing down fox burrows Questions

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  1. lucyW

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    Disappearing down fox burrows

    Hello,

    I was hoping another JRT owner might have some tips/advice... My Parsons Russell Terrier is 2.5 years old and has recently discovered the joys of disappearing down fox holes. Today it was particularly terrifying as I could hear her barking her head off deep underground and I assumed she was stuck. This put me in a huge panic! Thankfully after about 10 mins she appeared out of nowhere (covered in muck and with a fairly nasty scratch/cut/bite to her nose for her trouble). One trip to the vet later to check her nose was ok and I'm thinking the answer is to keep her on-lead in wooded areas from now on.

    I know that JRT's were bred to chase foxes down burrows so presumably they didn't get stuck?!

    If anyone has had a similar experience and has any advice I would be really grateful.
    Many thanks
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  3. My bear Yoji

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    I’m like you Lucy, I would be in a total panic, thinking the worst
    I know she was only down the hole for 10 minutes, but, I bet it felt longer
    Sorry I have no advice that will help, all I would say is the same as you, keep her on a long lead
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    This can be a problem with JRT's. The same thing happened to a friend of mine, and while they were trying to locate the source of her barking, the dog reappeared from a completely different direction. Even Prince Charles managed to lose one of his JRT's underground.
    I agree that a long line or Flexi lead could be the answer. Alternatively, you could attach a tracker to her collar. At least you would know where to dig it she did become stuck!
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    CaroleC likes this.
    Thanks for your replies! I’ve been sticking to a flexible-lead... a few complaints from the dog but at least I don’t have to carry around a spade!

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