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"Retriever type dogs will go through a IF if they see what they consider prey. " I have heard that the greyhound sight hound breeds will do this as well. too bad, I like those whippets.
This is why you buy the Stubborn Collar for them!! We have one for our dane. She is so stubborn she would run through with the regualr collar so we used the stuuborn collar on her which is a 9volt battery instead of the small watch type batteries.. it zaps harder and she never tried to run through it again..once she learned we put the regular collar back on her. Our neighbors up the st from us has two Retrievers and they use the invisible fence without any problems. Guess it is all in whether or not the people want to take the time in training the animals to stay behind the fence. Why spend all the money for the fence if your not going to train the animal to use it. Guess people have more money than brains.
I have a regular fence around 1/4 acre. I'd never have an IF even if I thought I could train my old adoptees to use it because I know they'd take the hit for a squirrel, plus I worry about rabid raccoons and other critters. A large coyote lives up the hill on conservation land.
Go with the kennel.
I have a friend who's dog had pups.
I got one of them. A Lab mix. Best dog I've ever had. That was 3 years ago.
The mother was contained with an IF that had been in place for 2 years and was used to the bounderies.
Apparently one day something got her attention that she couldn't resist. She ran through the IF into the street. She was hit by a car and killed.
She had an acre of ground behind the house protected by an IF to roam in but that day she went out of the front boundary for some reason.
I will never trust an IF. My dog will be physically contained by a leash or kennel or a good strong cable run. I don't want to lose her.
I will soon be adopting a doggie (don't know what kind yet, but I'll know when I see her) from the ASPCA, and I need ideas of how to fence an area in my yard for her. I work in my home office all day, so she will rarely be home alone, but I know there will be times she will want to be outsdide while I am at my desk.
I have 4.5 acres, and I keep food on my side porch for stray cats that come every day to eat. Some of them live in our barn. (Last year we trapped 7 and got them fixed.) They do not let us touch them, but I want them to still feel they can come and eat after doggie lives here, so we cannot fence in the whole place (can't afford to anyway, plus it is not necessary). I think the fenced area should include one of our doors. Does anyone have any advice for me?
Put up a small kennel run so can be out and cats still come in. Then when outside can let run on rest of property. I have a 12 x36 kennel attached to deck for all mine. For just one not need so big especially if get a dog can trust off leash to just play with when not in kennel.
I talked to another Bloodhound owner who tried the underground fence on her's it did not work dog went right through and then sit on other side afraid to come back in. Her New foundland and Sheepdog both stay in on low but high not stop the hounds nose.
i just found this site. and as an owner of a rottweiler/collie cross . ijust love the invisible fence. i do let him out by himself when i am home. i would never leave him out while i am away from the home. the personality really comes out when a dog is free to roam in the yard. and when properly trained to the fence doesnt even act like it is enlosed in the yard. they just stay around and it looks like they dont even want to leave. unlike a fence where they look through it at the things or people passing by and bark or jump and just trying to get onto the other side of the fence. my dog will bark of course but when i come outside or out of the garage he stops and then goes back to sniffing and wandering around the yard or just sitting like a sentinal watching the world go by .
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Originally Posted by GoldenCrow
We need help! We adopted a 3 year old mixed breed dog (about the size of a large retriever), and we need to make a decision about whether to install an invisible fence (with a dog door into the garage) or build a fenced kennel with a run. We want to be able to leave the dog outside by itself for a couple of hours during the day.
Note that the dog came from a home where they had an invisible fence. If we installed the invisible fence, we'd include about 3 acres where he could roam; a fenced kennel & dog house would be a much smaller area.
Thoughts, ideas, rants are welcome!
I personally think that the kennel is superior. It really is great that the dog has a lot of room to run, but there are a lot of dangers that come with that. The invisible fence will not do anything to discourage other dogs or predators (if that is a concern) from coming into the yard and a stoic dog with enough wanderlust can become "collar-wise" and defeat the invisible fence without much difficulty. A kennel is much more secure by comparison and allowing the dog to run free when unsupervised can encourage some undesirable behavior and, specifically, some undesirable responses to recall commands.
Also, if the kennel will have a concrete foundation, flea and tick infestation is much less of a concern and the concrete has a toughening effect on pads as well as provides some wear to the nails.
If you ever watch the dog when he is left alone, regardless of whether he is crated, loose in the house, loose in the yard or in a kennel, he will sniff around for a while, have a sip of water, nibble at a chew toy and then take a nap until his people return. Anxiety is more likely to be from absence of people rather than confinement.
Just my $0.02.
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Invisible Fence is the best. Install a pet door (there are even screen door compatible pet doors.) This way your pet can come inside/go outside when s/he wants to. It's the best solution! Here's the training video to see how easy and wonderful an invisible fence is:
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG5BRGRZOF4]Invisible Fence Training Video - YouTube[/url]
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