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Invisible Fences... I totally agree

This article hit the nail on the head for me with invisible fences. My neighbor has one for her JRT and I think it makes him even more crazy. Here's a good read.

http://notesfromadogwalker.com/

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Not only do they make dogs crazy, but they are absolute death traps for small dogs who can't get OUT if a large dog or coyote comes IN to attack them. Nuts.


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Well they don't work well on all dogs. My neighbor has a beagle with the invisible fence and it works fine. Some small dogs are scared to death by the shock and run through the field and then can't get back in their yard. Now I am going to put an electric wire over my fence at my back door. The ES Buck has found the ledge around the bricks and boasts himself up to see over the fence. He is not strong enough yet to come on over but will be soon, so a wire there will keep him out of the road and run over by a car and he is pretty smart, don't think he will get shocked more than twice. And the wire will keep out any coyotes that want inside the fence.

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I'm not a fan....that's why I have wood and vinyl....





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I can't stand the invisible fences and don't understand why people get them for their dogs! The prongs alone that are attached to the invisible fence collar and stick into the dog's neck are a whole other issue. My next door neighbors have two dogs who bark all the time, and of course, have an invisible fence. Whenever Lola and I walk by (or anyone else for that matter), they bark non-stop. Another issue is when the electricity goes out! During Hurricane Sandy, our street lost power and my neighbor's dogs fled. Luckily they came back but still not a safe situation.

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I think the only good way to use them is as Lucile does... As a reinforcement or back-up for a real fence.


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Thank you Karen. I have only used the electric (low voltage for dogs) as a way to keep the lab from going over the fence and now I am going to have to put up just the one wire over the short part of my fence between the house and garage. For some reason the contractor made this part of the fence a foot shorter than the rest. Maybe he thought I would like to be able to see into the back yard anyway once Buck found the brick ledge around the foundation, he realized that he could step up and see over the fence. My old guard dog did the same thing but was professionally trained not to go over the fence unless I or mine (grandchildren) were threatened. I don't think that Buck will ever be able to go over the rest of the fence and the lab and my guard dog could. I don't think he will get that big and strong. Anyway, I know that a dog will escape if he can and there is a busy highway in front. My dh (stands for dumb husband) left the gate open when my son was in Iraq and we were keeping his dog. He ran right out in the road and was killed. So I may be overly protective, but I try to keep them as safe as I would a child. The electric fence gives an alternating current so that it might not shock every time, but if grabbed, it will shock. I used to have one around my chicken yard years ago and the old guard dog got on it by accident and never went near that fence again. In fact I just put up the posts around my new shrubs that he was digging up and he would not cross through the line of posts.

The little head sticking up next to the house is Buck. The other is Rosie and Buck. I will be glad when her hair grows back.
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Our town refused to give us permission to put up a real fence. We have wetlands on our property and the fence would be next to it. Sometimes you don't have a choice.

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Thank you Karen. I have only used the electric (low voltage for dogs) as a way to keep the lab from going over the fence and now I am going to have to put up just the one wire over the short part of my fence between the house and garage. For some reason the contractor made this part of the fence a foot shorter than the rest. Maybe he thought I would like to be able to see into the back yard anyway once Buck found the brick ledge around the foundation, he realized that he could step up and see over the fence. My old guard dog did the same thing but was professionally trained not to go over the fence unless I or mine (grandchildren) were threatened. I don't think that Buck will ever be able to go over the rest of the fence and the lab and my guard dog could. I don't think he will get that big and strong. Anyway, I know that a dog will escape if he can and there is a busy highway in front. My dh (stands for dumb husband) left the gate open when my son was in Iraq and we were keeping his dog. He ran right out in the road and was killed. So I may be overly protective, but I try to keep them as safe as I would a child. The electric fence gives an alternating current so that it might not shock every time, but if grabbed, it will shock. I used to have one around my chicken yard years ago and the old guard dog got on it by accident and never went near that fence again. In fact I just put up the posts around my new shrubs that he was digging up and he would not cross through the line of posts.

The little head sticking up next to the house is Buck. The other is Rosie and Buck. I will be glad when her hair grows back.
That face looking over is a riot! Yeah, he looks like he'd find a way! It sound like your electric fence is the same or similar to what we use for horses... Again, not as a single means of containment, but to keep them off the fence line. (Not only to keep them in, but because horses destroy fences!!!). So it's the wire itself that carries the charge, not a collar on the animal, right? That 's the way the horse ones work.

Oh, and I got each of my brothers with the fence, just once, by getting thm to throw a buckwt of water at it!


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Our town refused to give us permission to put up a real fence. We have wetlands on our property and the fence would be next to it. Sometimes you don't have a choice.
Sometimes you have to make compromises when you don't have an alternative. But I bet that means you have to watch them a lot more carefully... Especially Jack, who is Coyote bait size.

Our yard isn't fenced at all, but we are WAY away from the road, and on 5+ acres. Kodi is always supervised outside, and has a very good recall, and he is still always on leash after dark.


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