|Barked: Wed Oct 10, '12 3:41pm PST |
|It's a tool, and a tool is only as effective and "good" as the user makes it. So many people use this system without properly implementing it, there's really no wonder why it's gotten such a bad reputation.
We all know that there are many dogs that are not well suited to the invisible fencing system - most of these dogs taking no note of or otherwise risking the shock to get to the other side.
But there are dogs that are quite easily trained to respect the boundaries with little to no consequence.
Such is the case with my 3 dogs (or was, as I have since moved with 2 of them).
We lived out in the country, little to no traffic and a large spacious yard. Unfortunately, our yard was not "made" properly and the fence had a nasty tendency to sink quite low. Without spending a ton of cash on redoing the yard, my parents purchased an invisible fence.
All 3 dogs held the utmost respect for this boundary line. Admittedly, Cobain and Rigby stopped using their collars for this. I've personally witnessed on several occasions Cobain chase a squirrel (his most favourite thing to chase) right to the edge of the boundary and come to a dead stop - this is without any sort of collar on.
Oz has to wear his at all times as he knows that the minute it's off, he is free to roam.
And "shockingly" none of my dogs have intense issues as a result nor are they physically harmed, certainly not to the point of requiring a vet visit.
It isn't a choice I would have made personally.
Nor is it something I would condone in a city or more suburban situation.
But my point is, there are situations where the system does work.
And again, a tool is only as effective/harmful as the user makes it to be.
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