Join Date: May 2018
Location: Summers: Crested Butte, CO. Home Base: Stillwater, OK
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I've ALWAYS had a doggie door, with a radio fence around our yard and radio collars, that delivers an uncomfortable buzz that keeps dogs in the yard. The almost half acre radio fence boundary surrounded our house. We live on 11-acres, out in the county where there is a lot of wild life. I had a Schnauzer and 15-20lb poodle who lived to be 17-years-old and died from old age more than 20 years ago. We currently have standard Golden-doodle who used the radio fence for the last six years.
I never thought about a wild animal or bird hurting my dogs or observed an issue. I have, however, worried about something coming into my house, but that has never happened.
People who tend to live on acreages or in areas that don't allow fences do use radio collars on their Havanese with success. You would not do this for a tiny puppy or dog. The problem with radio fences is they periodically go off. The battery goes down on the collar or fence. Lightening can damage the outside unit. Weed eaters can nip the lines. Or, any number of other things.
This is one of the reasons I made the decision to fence the yard. Our backyard is now fully enclosed with a doggie door that leads outside from the utility room. Our Havanese was one-year-old in Feb and weighs 12-13lbs.
When we leave the house, she's confined to our bedroom where she has a potty tray if she needs to go. She's indoor house trained, as well as, going outside. During the day she can goes in and out the doggie along with the Golden-doodle. At night she goes in and out until bedtime, where she's then confined to our bedroom.
Our closest neighbor who lives on 10-acres had a tiny Chihuahua. They worried about something getting their dog who had no fence boundary. Nothing bothered it.
I think, it's normal to worry about such things when you have a tiny and expensive dog. Twelve-thirteen pounds is small but not tiny. Of course, something could happen. There's not only wild animals but other dogs that can cause harm. It's just not very likely a Hawk is going to carry off a barking, wiggly 12-15lb Havanese. Or, that a coyote is going to jump fenced yard unless you are leaving food outside and they're desperate.
Last edited by Mikki; 03-01-2019 at 10:56 AM.