Hi, We are getting a two year old Golden Retriever in a few days. The current owners are tired of Chasz running away when he is left alone. He is a great dog: gentle, trained, and best of all he is out of the dumb puppy stage. We are building a large kennel for him within the yard when we are not home. When we are in the yard with him and when he is more used to us, we want him running free in our yard. The yard will be protected with one of those electronic fences where the dog wears the collar and there is a wire underground. Do they work well when the dog is trained properly? I am curious to hear about other people's experiences...
Yes, they work. I don't like them because they do not keep other dogs/animals away from your dog. If you live in a gated community or a similiar situation where there is not a threat from other animals you should have no problem.
Yeah they work for most dogs. Some dogs will literally psych themselves up and charge across the boundary anyway, in spite of the shock. But proper training can help you avoid this. The big thing is, while it does keep your dog in, it will not keep *anything* out. So if you have stray dogs in your neighborhood like I do, I'd advise against it.
We have an invisible fence for our two dogs and it is the greatest thing for us. We have wondering/stray/neighbor's dogs in the neighborhood, some come in to play with our dogs and others wont. Our dogs love for others to come over and visit. When the strays have had enough of the rough play they just leave. My dogs can never get enough. If you have a little/small dog I would be concerned about the stray dogs. We have a doberman and an amstaff. It is funny to watch some stray dogs come into the yard like they own it and then get rough housed and they never walk into the yard again. So you can also train the strays to stay out if you want. Ha Ha.
dobe-owner- I would really be careful of this. Your dogs could be hurt. It is good that your dogs are well socialize but not every owner is as responsible. I am very caustious about this because people there are people in my area who steal dogs to train their pits to fight. The Florida Boxer Rescue wasn't against me adopting but was caustious because boxers are stolen for this purpose.
breeds such as the husky and other strong willed animals it doesn't work well for. they don't seem to mind getting the shock if it means they can run. goldens are fairly easy to train and i think it would work well for you. but as others stated it doesn't keep other animals out of your yard.
supermommy That is a great point. Our dogs are inside the house when we are not home. I have a fear of someone stealing our dogs also. We have many cars that stop and look at our dogs just sitting in our front yard. Some people are freaked out because the dogs are intimidating/beautiful. And then their are those people that might be plotting to steal. In any case, I don't leave them outside unless me or my wife is home. You bring up a very valid statement to consider with the invisible fence.
As a breeder of Goldens, I can tell you that I don't believe that they work for this breed, based on my experience. My experience is only with Goldens, so I can't say for sure with other breeds. Goldens are very curious, and tend to be led by their noses (and their stomachs!). If something smells good, they're gonna check it out. And they're gonna wander. And the correction that these invisible fences give will most likely not dissuade them from the desire to explore. The biggest problem with invisible fences is that they offer a false sense of security. Because of the Golden temperament, they are vulnerable to other dogs that may be aggressive, and to people that might wish them harm, either by poisoning, physical harm, or theft. Invisible fences MIGHT keep your dog in, but they won't keep predators out! These dogs are easily stolen because they tend to trust strangers (especially strangers with cookies!). And what happens to some of these dogs is sickening....from being sold to unscrupulous companies for animal feed or testing, to experimentation. How sad! Also, invisible fences offer little to no protection against liability should your dog leave your property, depending on the state in which you reside. If you're getting a Golden, Please don't buy an invisible fence! Matter of fact, my dogs will not go to homes that have invisible fences, and yes, I do investigate that during the interview process. We have a fairly stringent agreement with anyone who contracts for one of our puppies anyhow.
I have a under ground fence for 2 pitties ,and yes it does work. Now let me tell you some things that I do with the fence. 1) I never leave either one of my girls out unattented ,some one is always home to supervise. 2) If you want the fence to work properly ,you have to take the time and train the dog,always make sure the batteries are fully charged. 3) A under ground fence is not the type of fence where you think you can leave the dog and go. If the dog gets out,it may not want to come back in. Also it don't keep stray dogs away. So for this fence your animals should never be left out alone,it's just a traning device to help with keeping a dog from running while your home. 4) Personally I love it. My dogs can't jump, dig under, or hit into a fence. It's the invisible boogy man to them.It's the best thing around. Now if this fence can keep a dog like Tigger who is so dog aggressive in line,it can work on any dog.
Thank you for all your feedback, it's much appreciated! I'll let you know how it's going. For now my husband is working on the kennel, on Sat. we are picking up the invisible fence, and on Sunday the Golden is arriving. I understand about training the dog to get the best use out of the invis. fence. We have watched a training video about it and training the dog is essential in order for it to work.
Just one more thing I would like to add. The fence I have I did not install my self ,it was professionally installed by Hudson Valley Boundries. The ones you install your self have a very poor success rate . It's better to have a professional company do it. This way you'll have a warranty , and a professional come and train your dog,and it will be installed properly,and the strength of the reciever will be stronger. Hudson Valley Boundries always sends me notices once a year to remind me about the batteries,the life of them last a year. If the reciever breaks it's replaced free of charge,if the fence breaks(the wire),they come out and fix it free of charge,if I move they'll move the box and surge protector for only 100 and reinstall it.These benefits don't come with a do it your self.
I had a Border Collie that would go up to the edge - wait until he wore the battery out in his collar, then run free!!! But they work for most "normal" dogs :-P To teach him to stay in the yard when you are outside with him you could try getting a 50' long line - attach it to his collar - then, if he doesn't come when you ask you can teach him - thereby teaching him not only to listen to you, but stay around (and in the yard) when you are there with him.
I have heard they work, my problem with electric fences is that other dogs can still come into the yard. My other problem with this type of fence is, I have seen to many dogs at my clinic who have the collar on 24-7 and have burned holes in their necks. I just hate seeing this, then the owner comes to us to fix it. Sometimes I think the owner should wear it for a day and see just how it feels. Sorry, I am not a fan.
The only time I would suggest an electronic fence is if you have a HUGE fenced in yard and you want to keep you pet in a specific area of the yard. This is wonderful for people who have a pool, livestock, don't want dookie everywhere, etc.
We had our professionally installed also. I know several people that have installed them thereselves and every time there is lighting/thunderstorm their main box/sensors get fried. I would let the pros do it.