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post #1 of 45 Old 01-30-2012, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Your experience with (buried) electric dog fencing

We have a Collie mix who is a "runner"- given the opportunity (an open door, an open gate), she is gone, and there is nothing you can do to break through to her to get her to stop her running off at top speed. And she likes to play in traffic. We've had her about 4 years and this sort of escape has happened 2-3 times. The only way we got her back is that she is well-tagged, and nice people happened to find her eventually and call us to go get her.

We've always lived in town, but we just recently purchased a 5 acre, more rural, property. We would love to make most of the property accessible to her and are thinking that the buried electric fence/collar might be the way to go. I would love to hear your experience with how well it actually works, if you recommend professional installation, how to make sure it's maintained correctly, etc. Also, this may sound silly, but she has the typical Collie "mane" around her neck, so I'm not sure she'd even feel the electric pulse through all that fur?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 45 Old 01-30-2012, 09:40 AM
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I don't know that it is a great option for a dog that tends to run anyway. I used to work with a vet and we only recommended it for a dog that tends to stick close to home already.
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I have one and they a be a big pain in the butt. If you do get one have it installed by a professional that way if you get a break in the wire they can find it cause we had that happen and I had to pull up 1 acre of wire to find a break. They do work good for keeping dogs in and if your dog has thick fur just shave under his neck where the collar makes contact with the skin. This is the one I have.
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Thanks, Jacks. That's the kind of feedback I was looking for. Have you ever seen training/behavior modification that can take the "run" out of a "runner"? We would be willing to invest in something like that but aren't sure it would work?
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I had a border collie that was exactly like that. We tried one of those fences, and it didn't even phase her. A dog enclosure is really more worth the money (given she doesn't also jump a mile in the air like my Lacey did )
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I have one, use it along with a stubborn dog collar and it is ok, Still is 100%. Especially for sheppard and collie type breeds. They seem to run through them. The work ok as a suppliment to an actual fence. Keeps the dog from digging. Any metal near the wire will creat a dead zone, T post, car, pieceof roofing, anything metal laying on the ground near wire. I had a sheppard that would patrol the perimeter, find the dead zone and get out. I als had a beagle that learned how to stand close enough for the collar to beap but not shock, he'd stand there until the battery run dead then leave. Best bet is to put up a fence.
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I have one, use it along with a stubborn dog collar and it is ok, Still is 100%. Especially for sheppard and collie type breeds. They seem to run through them. The work ok as a suppliment to an actual fence. Keeps the dog from digging. Any metal near the wire will creat a dead zone, T post, car, pieceof roofing, anything metal laying on the ground near wire. I had a sheppard that would patrol the perimeter, find the dead zone and get out. I als had a beagle that learned how to stand close enough for the collar to beap but not shock, he'd stand there until the battery run dead then leave. Best bet is to put up a fence.
This is the reason my next set of dogs after my collie and Shepard mixes were all dumber than a box of rocks.
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meant to say it IS NOT 100% works just well enough to start trusting it, then they fail. I havent ever heard of a beagle being accused of excessive intelligence but he figured it out.
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Also--those sensors on the collars WILL go off and shock your dog during electrical storms. A big problem depending on the weather in your area...

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I think it depends on the dog. With my hound it actually worked great but with my collie, he did not understand it and it terrified him and yes, we did do the proper introduction. My collie is not a runner though and does not like to leave our property.

(we never burried it and husband drove over it w/ the tractor so it's currently not working)

My hound is smart though and he does know that if he runs really fast, the shock only lasts a second so if he will run right through it if he decides he wants too...

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