|Barked: Tue Apr 30, '13 7:13am PST |
|Most of my dog owning neighbors have underground fences, as do I.
Some dogs still get out, usually if the owner has not maintained the collar/battery. Some fence brands work better than others.
Whether or not the dog stays inside the fence is a combination of fence brand, dog personality, training.
I have 2 of my 3.5 acres fenced. Professionally installed to avoid "corners" or "dead zones".
I tested the collar in my hand before I put it on my dog. It feels weird and wrong and after a couple of seconds, I dropped it. It felt like I was holding a buzzing bee in my hand. Instinct tells you to let go. I did it twice to make sure. I would not call it painful, but it feels wrong and I wouldn't go past my boundary if I wore one around my neck.
Collars die, but batteries last longer than they say. Test monthly.
Hidden wire gets cut. Buy a spool of wire, connection tubes and silicone to fix yourself, it's easy.
Train, train, train! Use positive reinforcers to teach your dog where he can be. Too many owners slap on the collar and let the shock teach the dog to fear the flags. Any dog that gets over the fear, will go through the fence.
A physical fence is not a sure thing - One of my neighbors has a 6 foot, wood, stockade fence around the backyard. A bear scaled the fence and was sitting on their deck "cleaning" their grill for them. My sister's neighbor had a beagle that would regularly climb the chain link fence to play with her dog (Cricket). Pamela was a champion digger, so even though Labs4rescue doesn't like buried wire fences, they made an exception for her. I trained her on my system, she is doing great.
I have trained 7 dogs on my Invisible Fence. The only one that has taken advantage of a dead collar is Snickers (Siberian Husky mix). Sonny is a Golden Retriever and Beagle or Basset mix. With his hound nose, he should be out all the time. But he goes naked (no collar) because he has never gone out of bounds( in 3 years). None of my dogs test the collar or boundary so they don't know most of the time if it's broken or battery is dead. After Storm Alfred (Halloween 2011) I was unable to find a break in the fence, and repair it, till the ground thawed in April. None of my dogs left the yard. We have plenty of enticements, Deer, Bear, Coyotes and smaller critters.
I highly recommend this type of fence. I also know it isn't right for everyone. Small yards are not good. If other dogs regularly wander in and may harm your dog, not good. If you never spend time working with your dog, not good. If your dog is impervious to any correction, the collar isn't enough to keep him in.
Ideally, your dog is taught that staying in is the best place to be and will be rewarded for doing so. A correction for testing the limits should go no further than hearing a beep and not advance to a shock.
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