Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Lansing, Michigan
I got my dog after she was full-grown, so along with introducing her to large animals, she was introduced to the fence...well, she introduced herself to the fence. I was riding, and all of a sudden I heard her screaming and saw her running as fast as her legs would take her. Luckily there are other dogs that go in and out of the pastures, and she quickly figured out which fences she could not touch, and which were okay.
Every once in a while I will hear a quick yelp, and see her darting across the pasture. Fortunately she no longer screams, because that first time I could've sworn that a horse had tried stomping her dead.
I don't truly think there is anyway to teach a dog not to touch the fence, unless you were to teach them to completely NOT go into the pasture unless going through a gate. They will figure out the fence = ouchie, or they won't, and occasionally you will hear a yelp. Maybe there are some super smart dogs that will figure out where the fence isn't getting charged, as some horses do, but my dog certainly isn't that sharp.
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