|Barked: Sat Aug 11, '12 7:39pm PST |
|I'm so sad you had this horrible experience.
The only suggestion I have to let your dog feel safe outside again is to put the leash back on. The training does focus on the dog being safe with you and leashed. It will take a while for him to understand the yard is a safe place with or without you.
I have had invisible fencing for 16 years and have never had a problem. (Invisible Fence brand, professionally installed). I have trained several dogs (hang on while I do a mental count). Woofie (adult, rescued pit mix), Jordan (Fostered Corgi), Candy (Lab puppy), Snickers (timid, 2 year old rescue), Pepper (rescued puppy), Pamela (foster Lab, fearful), Sonny (foster failure, Beagle mix). That makes 7.
I have about 2 of my 3.5 acres fenced for the dogs.
Sonny, as a scent hound, should be impossible to contain with the fence. Wrong. He is the most reliable dog I ever had. I only pay for 2 battery plans ( I have 3 dogs now) so most of the time he doesn't wear a collar.
I live in critter turf. Bear, Deer, Turkeys, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Coyotes, Fox, Skunk (gulp). My dogs chase them all out of the yard, but stop at the boundary.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Snickers and Sonny were hot on the heels of a Deer that was in the side yard. Chased it all the way to the back boundary, then stopped as it escaped.
I do take credit for the training I gave them.
I am not entirely happy with the training as suggested by the companies that market these fences. For the most part it is sound instructions, but the unknown variable is always the dog. I had a system installed and the collar for Snickers (was Woofie's collar) set on a lower setting. I spent a lot more time on basic boundary than suggested. When we did work up to testing the fence, it was a 2 person job aimed at avoiding the fence. My major gripe with the suggested training is it seems like you are supposed to trick the dog into getting shocked. Not a good way to build trust!
I started all the dogs with just boundary training with the flags, using rewards for moving away from the flags. When they got close to the flags I acted as if it was urgent they stay away from the flags. They do understand you are letting them know they are dangerous.
Other than training we spend a lot of time in the yard. With all of the space I have, the dogs really feel safe and only have to concern themselves with the limits if the get up to them. In time they know the boundary without need for flags or beeping as a cue.
I hope you find a solution you can all live with.
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