My hubby and I are thinking about getting electrial fencing. We have a nice yard and would love to let our four month old puppy run around and have a great time. Right now we have to keep her on a leash or tie her up outside and it's just so sad. What do you all think and if anyone already has it please give me advice. Thanks!
Now would be the time to train your dog on the fence. I found that when done this young they dont have many problems on it. I have it for Siberian Huskies- not full proof for them but it does work 99% of the time with them.
Mandy, Not clear if "electric" that you mention and the inground one I have is the same, but I love ours. Rocky was about 6 or 7 months old when hubby put it in, and we love it and so does he.
I have to agree with part 4, the younger they are trained the easier. We had not problem, he only tried once to leave, and now after almost a year the only way he will break the perimeter is if he is on a leash.
There is a problem with electric fencing that noone ever seems to point out! It doesnt keep predator dogs OUT!!! Our Collie had it's leg bitten/ripped off by a pitbull. It was reattached but there is no telling what can wander onto your property.
I agree with PYRMAN there isn't any protection from other animals coming in and if your dog does get out is it going to be hit by a car,etc while it is out . What about reluctance to return because the dog is going to get a shock crossing the boundry? I would rather fence an area and sit outside with my dog.
What type of electrical fencing were you considering? I also think a fence is a much better idea. Of course if you live in a NO FENCE area, as is the case in some towns, it would not be possible. The other consideration with a fence is it has to be quite high to keep out some dogs, and there's a lot of maintenance to consider if you have a huge yard. What about compromising with a long run, and lots of trips to the park? You could also have a picket fence, as long as you were always on the look out. Where do you live, in the middle of a city, or in a rural area?
I realized after I submitted this thread I meant to say we are thinking about getting Invisiable Fencing. LOL I feel the same way about other dogs or just animals coming into the yard and Mandy not having anywhere to go but I can almost bet someone will always be out there with her. Hubby just thinks it's cheaper then an actual fence and doesn't want to close off his yard. THank you for the replies.
I agree with a physical fence over invisible as well. First for the main reason pointed out...other animals can still come into your yard. Also, keep in mind with the collars, they only have a certain range in which they will emit the shock. I have seen many a dog that quickly figures this out and makes a run for it..a quick zap and they are out of range and gone.
Many of those stubborn ones that we have gotten in here on rescue. Owners didnt want toruin the look of thier property with a physical fence and when he dog outsmarted the invisible one, the get rid of the dogs. I am not saying YOU would do this, just sharing my experience.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
Having Inground fencing should never be a license to let your dog out without supervision. In our area fences are not allowed, hence the inground system.
Rocky is never out by himself, we are working around the yard and he is out, it just prevents him from going off on his own.
Our area has very strict leash laws, and everyone has inground fencing, that is not to say that some dogs don't run loose, they do, but again, our dog is NEVER out by himself. Even at 5 am after I feed him, we go out on a leash, no matter the weather, so he can get a little walk in before I leave for work.
A section of my yard is fenced in with electric around the top. I have two dogs and my male got to be a real escape artist (climbing the fence) so my husband put electric on the top and we have no problem with them getting out or other dogs getting in. They both just look up at the wire and know that is a NO, NO. My dogs are bigger dogs, one part Chow and Pit Bull and the other Siberian Husky so they need to be out getting their exercise and both my husband and I work so that was the perfect solution. It is better doing that than have the chance of them getting out and hit by a car. And believe me, it is not cruel. They can be outside and play and have a good ol' time.
If you go with the Invisible Fence brand system, the training is included in the price. IMO, the dog should always be professionally trained. The average joe just doesn't have a clue how to do it properly.