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Old 09-01-2010, 02:45 PM
Location: State of Being
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Years ago we had a brittany spaniel who loved to roam. He would go to great lengths to escape and chase squirrels or tag along with other folks as they walked in the neighborhood. It was quite an embarrassment and a legal hassle, too, as we had leash laws.

I installed an expensive "invisible" fence inside the existing fence, and my doggie would jump over the existing wooden fence, yelping in pain as he did it. It was like the pain was worth it to gain his freedom. It didn't matter what "setting" we had the shock system on . . . he would back up, get a running start, jump over the fence and yelp every time he got zapped, but he kept on running. We couldn't stop his desire to roam free. We had to keep him inside and only allow him out when we were either right there to patrol his behavior or when we had him on a leash.

Some dogs will endure the pain in exchange for the freedom, I guess!
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:10 PM
Location: Lansing, MI
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Does the dog actually touch the fence when jumping? If so, you can use a small animal electric fence. You would need to purchase a charger (ranges from $25-50 for small one), a ground rod, insulators to attach to the fence, and fence wire. Run along the top of the fence (or, you can run multiple lines top, middle & bottom to teach the dog not to go near the fence at all). The fence is a pulsing signal, so there is no chance your dog can actually electrocute himself. I've known many people to go this route with a fence jumper as it is a constant signal that will discipline the dog immediately if going over the fence. All the supplies you need are available at places like Tractor Supply Company, and the sales reps would be able to show you what you need and how to put it together.
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:22 AM
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We have fostered dogs. If your dog is a jumper then you can use the invisible fence or put it on a runner.
However, if your dog is an escape artist, you will still have trouble. The later type of dog will run loose any chance he gets. If it is inside and you open the door, it will bolt. If you have it on a runner it STILL will try and chew free or jump the fence with the runner on (which can cause him to hang himself). Withe the invisible fence, you will have to be sure that the dog enters and exits the area with supervision or again, it will bolt. Escape Artists dogs are very hard to raise. With one, we could do NOTHTING but walk him on a leash until a family with a farm took him. He now runs free and roams home to eat and hang out.

But, for a dog that is soley a jumper, the runner or invisible fence will work. Hope it works.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:49 AM
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Thanks for all the kind responses. We're still debating here, I want to do an underground fence (through Dog Watch), my husband wants to go the bigger fence route. I should have been more clear in my original post (some people caught it) that we were already using a shock collar, which works perfectly after many weeks of training, as long as someone is watching. He is too smart to leave in the yard unattended, because he quickly figured out there are no shocks if no one is out there with him. Looks like we are going to put 5 foot aluminum fencing on the visible portion and create a leaner system on the portion that is behind trees away from neighbor's houses. Don't want it to look like San Quentin in there! He is not clearing the fence, he's getting to the top and then sort of scrambling over. He is short, so I'm pretty sure he can't get up to 5 feet, fingers crossed.
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:52 AM
Location: Lansing, MI
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If your taller fence does not work, my suggestion of running a hot wire at the top of the fence will fix the dog's issue of climbing over since he's making contact with the fence. This way, it is always hot even if a person is not there to supervise. Good luck!

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