Our expert says:
Hi New Ridgeback Owner
This is an extremely difficult problem to solve because it is self-rewarding to your dog: every time he gets out he has positive experiences. Apart from trying to make his life in your property more interesting with toys, bones, company, access inside the house and a view out, the only other thing to do is make your wall inpenetrable. There are various ways to do this ranging from electric fences to inwardly angled fencing on top of your walls. Some people have successfully dug "moats" on the inside of the fences to make the fence seem higher. There are also special dog electric fences which can be erected on top of walls or along the bottom so he cannot get to his jumping up range. There is also a wonderful electric device called an invisible fence, which involves burying a wire around your perimeter and your dog wearing a collar which emits a sound if he goes near, but a slight shock if he goes too near the boundaries. See Securipet's website. You also need to get him to sleep inside your house at night. Walks should be on a long lead, not free (at least for the first and last few minutes) so he associates being outside with being on a lead. He must be under your control at all times, so practise doing recalls with treats to reward him. After he has been wandering, when he does come home, ignore him if possible while he's outside the gate, but welcome him and praise him when he's inside the property. Never reprimand him or punish him or he may never come back.
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