Electric Dog Fence – My Personal Experience and Advice
We used to have a traditional dog fence in our back yard. We set it up so it was deep in the ground so our dog could not go under it and it was also too tall to jump over. The mistake we made was leaving the door open one day and our little dog almost got hit by a car. Right after that incident we decided to go with an electric dog fence.
We were hesitant to buy an electric dog fence, or underground dog fences as their also known, because we thought it might be inhumane. There are a lot of electric fences on the market and they all work basically the same way. They all give your dog some kind of unpleasant signal to tell them they have gone to far. The particular dog fence we got gave off a high pitch beep in that only your dog can hear. We decided that we would rather have our dog experience a little beep or mild shock instead of being hit by a passing car.
The most common mistake dog owners make with these underground fences is that they depend too much on them before their dog is properly trained. Many people buy these dog containment systems with the belief that they will instantly stop their dog from running off their property, but it does not always work that way. These electric dog fences will simply annoy or cause mild pain to your dog and if your dog does not realize it in time it will run right off your property. You still need to spend the time to train your dog to obey the sensation she feels from the invisible fencing system. It only took me a couple of days to properly train her, and my little dog is happy as can be.
When we were training her, we kept the old traditional fence up, just in case she decided to run away. We put the electric dog fence about three feet inside the old traditional fence and after we were sure she was trained, we took it down. If you do not have a traditional fence, you could always use a long leash. This way your dog will be able to travel far enough to feel the sensation, but not so far that she will run away. You should continue your training with your underground fencing system, until you feel comfortable that your dog is completely trained.
Once your electric dog fence is up and your dog is trained, you will be able to rest easy knowing that your lovable dog is safe as secure.