Hanging Around

When you are the new pup, you have to test all of the boundaries.  We have discovered a couple of Frankie’s “challenges” (one being the desire to shred his dog blanket in his crate, but we are here today to talk about the other).  Frankie rides in the Jeep very well – while it is moving or the engine is running.  But once you park the Jeep and turn off the engine, he is ready to get out and go on an adventure.  A few times now that has meant not even waiting for a door to be opened.  Nope, he just exits through a window.

Since all of the dogs ride with seat belts on, this does not quite gain the freedom he is after.  He ends up just, well, hanging around.

When Qannik thinks you have done something stupid, you have really done something stupid.

And the hu-dad has the audacity to grab his camera and take pictures rather than help me out.

While the pictures are funny, the situation is serious. We, obviously, will not leave him unsupervised in the Jeep until this habit is broken. And he is monitored very closely while we are driving even though he has shown no inclination of leaving the Jeep while the engine is running. Patience and gentle corrections will guide our little Frankie to the proper behavior in the Jeep.


  1. Sagira on October 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    He seems like he is going to keep you guys on your toes.

  2. Eva on October 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    My little spaniel did this once — jumped out of the passenger window. Fortunately I was parked, but it still scared me to death. Once he disappeared, I was afraid the seatbelt or leash might be around his neck somehow. But he was fine, just dangling outside the car. I don’t put the windows down all the way when he’s in the car! He has learned “wait” and is good about waiting before he gets out — most of the time…

  3. siku marie on October 28, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Puffy had the same habit. She STILL tries to go out that way if dad is taking some of the others and leaving her behind. You have the right technique to fix things…just takes time and patience.

  4. Elmo & Mouse on October 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Poor Frankie….just remember that we are all smiling with you (even though you didn’t think it was funny) and not at you!

    Just curious on how old Frankie is and the story on how hu-dad came cross path with him?

  5. The OP Pack on October 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Qannik – we love that look on your face:)

    Frankie – haven’t you heard that all good things come to those who wait?

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  6. Sam on October 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Monty does the same thing – we’ve had him over a year and we haven’t managed to stop it. It’s getting better. I can keep him sitting now until the door is open, but the second one of us makes a move towards it he starts freaking out and tries to get out. We’ve had a few times where he has twisted himself up badly with the seat belt!


  7. Ice 'n Ayla on October 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    The best part of the whole photo is the look on Qannik’s face! The look that says “Well, that sure got you a long way, didn’t it, you dummy?”

  8. brooke & darwin on October 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    hahahaha so funny!
    Poor Frankie.. he’s like “what the…”
    Did Frankie come with the name already or did you guys name him?

  9. Kari on October 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I would have taken pictures too!

    Stop on by for a visit

  10. The Ao4 on October 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Q-tip made us smile, but the look also on Kiska’s face had me ha rooing out loud!
    Learn quickly, Frankie!
    Play bows,

  11. Rocco on October 27, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Poor Frankie! I also have a knack for destroying cloth items put into my crate. This is why my humans don’t let me have anything in there now except my kong. I also get a posh plastic airline crate to deter my digging through the floor.

  12. Married with Dawgs on October 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

    We have this problem with our Sadie and the Jeep. She has escaped both her car harness and the collar/leash combo attached to the cross bar. All in order to go swimming in the lake while Dad was getting camping supplies! Now those would have been some hilarious pictures. Good luck with Frankie. I’m sure he’ll have it figured out in no time, especially since it seems he can’t escape the car harness.

  13. Wild Dingo on October 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Quannik’s like “SCORE! Now i’m not the only brainiac in the herd!”

    Poor Frankie… being the new kid on the block sure has it’s disadvantages! He must be all like “hey you guys why are you all hanging around so calmly in there?” (you ever do something and wonder why the rest of the gang isn’t doing the same thing?) hmm….

    BTW: would you mind if i ship Loki to you? He really needs a little um, hu-dad-tutoring on how to ride calmly. he actually goes VERY easily into his harness now. when i recall how we used to do it in the beginning (i had feed a treat in one hand and pull his leg thru on the other) and he’d hop around trying to avoid the whole thing. it would take 10 minutes to get him in his harness. now it takes about 10 seconds, no treats needed. still… he’s a loud one when it comes time to parking and opening the doors up. yowza, he really needs hu-dad jeep training.

    still adoring that frankie. i love his mask… i’m partial to the black and whites with masks! but i love all the criminals, err, sibes…

  14. The Lady on October 27, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Aw! Poor new Frankie. Instead of learning the ropes-he’s hanging by the ropes!

  15. hisqueen on October 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Look at him imploring Kiska for help. She has the same look as Qannik. The very slowly said “you are an idiot” Just so the idiot understands it.
    Poor Frankie…He is just so excited to be part of The Herd that he can’t contain himself. Good thing those harnesses are there to do that for him.

  16. houndstooth on October 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Qannik’s expression says it all! Oh, Frankie will keep you on your toes! You have to love the impulsiveness of youth!

    Is it possible to give him a spot in the Jeep that keeps him from being close enough to the window to jump out? That, or is it possible to give him a crate next to Cheoah in the back? Is it sad that I know so much about the riding placement situation in the back of your Jeep?

    • D.K. Wall on October 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Cheoah loves her crate because that means no pup infringes on her space. Two crates are possible, but means that the other four are tighter. Essentially we have two rows of dogs – Natasha, Rusty and Cheoah (in a crate) on the passenger side and Frankie, Kiska and Qannik on the driver side. Natasha is up front because, well, she insists. Frankie is up front because he is being supervised.

      I think in a matter of days, Frankie will be good. He is beginning to realize that nothing good happens by jumping. The others have all learned to just sit and wait when we stop and he will figure that out as well.

  17. Angela on October 27, 2011 at 8:26 am

    This is hilarious! Frankie looks just how I picture my dog Dexter if I ever rolled the window down far enough! Oh crazy huskies! I especially love the looks on the others two faces!

  18. Khyra on October 27, 2011 at 6:41 am

    The look on Q’s face is priceless!

    I’m sure Frankie will eventually get the hang of it 😉


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