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Old 08-01-2008, 09:07 PM
Location: Right where I want to be.
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Originally Posted by marg425 View Post
We just installed an e-fence and are feeling REAL guilty and mean right now! We're crying more than the dog! I was wondering what you meant by training "thoroughly and completely"? We did not purchase for an additional $700 the "professional training". We want to try it ourselves. Any advice?
Oh my.....poor dog!!

I meant as other posters have suggested....follow the training in the manual and then do it a little more for good measure. You don't have to hire someone but you do still have to do the training!!!

We spent a week walking the dogs inside the boundary marked with flags (several times a day) before we even put the collars on them. And then we spent another week or so walking them with the collars (with safety prongs on). The third week we had them leashed but took them close enough to the fence to hear the warning...still with safety prongs. It took a few weeks of teaching them to run from the warning, without the leash but with the safety prongs. Then we did a week of temptation....where the kids would run past the boundary or throw a ball to see if the dogs crossed the line. If they did we went back to training. I would say about 6-8 weeks total. We left the flags up even longer. As with any kind of dog training it takes TIME and CONSISTENCY!!!

Even after all of the training the dogs each tested the line. First one dog but it scared the other one too so he didn't test it for a few days. It was a little traumatic for all of us...the dogs didn't want to leave the back patio!! We did a few more days with the prongs on and after one shock each they fully understood the consequences of hanging out near the boundary. We leave the safety prongs on most of the time now. They stay in the boundary but because one of the dogs is losing his sight it would be cruel to let him get zapped if he can't see the boundary well. If we ever notice the dogs past the line we can take the safety prongs off for a few days as a reminder.

It has been about 5 years here and the weeks of training were a small sacrifice in comparison to the benefit of having the fence.

If you don't have the time, do hire someone. Anything less is just cruel.
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:26 AM
Location: Cornelius
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Originally Posted by marg425 View Post
Please let me explain....obviously you misunderstood my question Carolina Guy..... We had the fence PROFESSIONALLY installed with a multitude of purple flags on the boundary. The thing we didn't do after spending $1275 to install it, was pay another $700 for PROFESSIONAL training. They told us if we paid close attention, we could do it ourselves. I was just fishing around for some CONSTRUCTIVE help with someone who maybe walked the walk before us. Thank you for link, however.
You're mad at me now? lol....I hope you learn from the link for the sake of your dog...
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:13 AM
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There was a fire somewhere in the Charlotte area when we had those storms. Lightning hit the ground in front of a house and they had an invisible fence and it caught fire. It was on the WCNC News....
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:28 PM
Location: Huntersville
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I installed the Innotek one too. I tried it too before putting it on my dog to see what it would feel like. Yeah I know but thats just me. It stung a bit but mostly just scares ya. I have a Yellow/white lab and he is pretty smart.

We did the training but he got nailed one time while the kids were playing in the street. He is slowly making his way of the front porch again. Back yard is all his. Now if I can keep him out of the flower beds life would be good
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