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    06-02-2012, 01:39 AM
Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
Failbhe mine doesn't do that, it zaps if they stay in the beep area for too long as well as if they go into the zap area.
I'm assuming that's what she was doing, that battery was running dead far more often than I'd think otherwise... though this is the dog that I'm pretty certain does quantum physics as soon as my back is turned.

She has definitely calmed down a lot now that she's a little older, she's obviously not testing it as much as she used to. But as soon as that battery is dead she's still running out where she's not supposed to be so I don't think I can ever just turn it off.

In our case, I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that when we first moved here she could run wherever she wanted, and then we put up a fence. I think if she'd been taught to respect the fence right from the start it would have been more effective.
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    06-02-2012, 08:10 AM
How often does it go dead? Mine has been working since Nov nearly every day and I haven't changed the battery once. It needs checking again, I think, but I have to find the tool for it because I am not testing it on myself!
    06-02-2012, 10:50 AM
Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
How often does it go dead? Mine has been working since Nov nearly every day and I haven't changed the battery once. It needs checking again, I think, but I have to find the tool for it because I am not testing it on myself!
With ours you can hear it (the shocks too, not just the beeps - they make a clicking sound) if you're holding it and walk near the perimeter, no need to hold it on your arm... though I have done that once, just to feel what I'm doing to my dog!

It's been a little while since we've changed the battery now, but when she was younger I'd say we'd have to change it roughly every two months.
    06-02-2012, 10:55 AM
Mine only clicks when it's got something conductive touching it so it arcs. It beeps but you can barely hear THAT too... Mine is fully waterproof, meaning that in theory my dog could go swimming wearing it and there would be no problem.

I had an escaping dog 2 months after getting it and found that for some reason the fence was not working... possibly water in the joins, they aren't joined properly (just with some insulating tape) because the proper joiner thingies are really expensive. We took the tape off and re-taped them and then it was fine.
    06-02-2012, 01:48 PM
We wondered if there was something wrong with the fence, but our second dog (who's about as smart as a potato) wasn't having any problem with hers. We tried switching collars, too (in case there was something wrong with the collar) - and same thing. Potato's collar stayed fine for months and Runner's went dead in a matter of weeks.
    06-03-2012, 05:21 AM
Our thick one can't for the life of her figure it out! The smart one knows the rules of the fence but the dumb one just isn't getting it.

I need to put a collar on my long haired dog too but I've lost the long contact points.

Ohhh that's another thing, are the contact points on Runner's collar actually touching her skin? They don't work if they're only touching fur, so they don't really work that well for dogs with thick fur unless you clip them around the neck. The collar does turn so it needs to be all the way around.
    06-03-2012, 02:24 PM
We did try shaving her neck, but it didn't seem to make a difference. Since Runner (her actual name is Pepper) is a husky x she does have a thick under coat, but so long as we use the long-hair prongs it seems to be touching. I have seen her test the border and turn back pretty quick so it does appear to be working. I've mentioned she seems to have mellowed in the past year or two; if she got bad again then we'd probably try shaving again.
    06-04-2012, 02:02 AM
Hopefully that's that and she's settled! Some dogs take longer than others to learn.
    06-04-2012, 09:40 AM
Hi all, just a quick update. We are now working with a trainer on basic obedience stuff, with a goal of moving into some agility work. Our runner, Delia, has surprised us with her "trainability," and though I don't think we're ever going to trust her to roam on her own, I do think that we are going to be able to work on her "come" and "stay" commands to get to the point that we feel confident we will be able to successfully call her back should she accidentally get out. Next week we move on to work with the 50 foot leash, so it will be her first real test of listening to our commands when she has more freedom and distractions.

I'm so glad this thread has been helpful for other people to compare notes on strategies. For what it's worth, our trainer didn't think the electric fence would be that useful for Delia, because as a collie mix she has the thick neck fur.
    06-04-2012, 09:46 AM
Just a couple tips:

-NEVER put it around your neck and run across the line with your drunk friends.
-NEVER forget to take the collar off your dog while you are driving out of the yard.
-Remember: once they are over that fence line, they are not coming back over themselves ;)
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