Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Post Exchange - Wireless Fence

There are many different "pet containment" systems out there. I have blogged in the past about teaching your pet to stay on property and while it does take time to teach them this lesson, it is worthwhile. This opportunity came up and I thought I'd take it; wireless fencing.

For many people who don't have the inclination (or don't understand how) to train their dogs to stay on property and around the house (the majority of the population, unfortunately!), they should start looking into "pet containment" systems. They could fence their yard (which is costly!), erect an outdoor dog run (which is usually pretty small) or they could look at other systems that have been coming out such as wireless fencing.

Petsafe wireless fence is one of your options if you chose to go with wireless fencing.

I haven't found many major complaints about most wireless fencing. The biggest concern I have heard is usually for the dog who just runs right through the "fence" (in other words, he receives the shock and keeps going). Once they are out of the designated area, many invisible fencing systems will shock the dog when he tries to go home - creating the opposite affect that you are looking for.

I haven't been able to find much out about the PetSafe Wireless Fence to tell me if this occurs - has anyone had any experience with this product?

8 comments:

mytwh said...

In looking for another dog, we really wanted a dog that could be trusted off leash, in our yard, because we spend so much time outside with the horses, gardening, and just "hanging out" outside. For that reason we didn't get a greyhound, which I thought would be a lovely addition to our family :( But I just wasn't convinced that this breed wouldn't run (a LOT of people told me you could never trust them)and I really didn't want to put up a fence or invest in wireless fencing.

We did another dog, a PB. We live on 5 acres, surrounded by woods on 3 sides, on a dirt road with not much traffic (well now that's it's summer all the Massholes are coming out of the woodwork - our affectionate name for people from Mass that drive like idiots, sorry any Mass people!)Anyway, in training the new dog D we did have a few instances when he left the property to play with our GS neighbor. Well, ever since he pushed out the screen while I was at work and ran away, almost being hit by a car and ending up with the ACO and us not finding him for hours later, he hasn't left the property once! And that was a month ago. I think he realized it was WAY better to stay home than roam. Or something????

Speaking of the asshat neighbors with the GS, guess what they're doing now to excersize their GS? Guess, guess, guess!!!! You're gonna love this one...they are actually CHASING him around the neighborhood in their golf cart. Yes, that is right. Dog is loose, running around the neighborhood, while the owners are on the golf cart chasing him and yelling. They really consider this "exercise" for him as he "has so much energy". I was speechless. Gotta love my redneck neighbors! I hadn't thought of that one!!!! LOL

Splash said...

It also neatly contains trained dogs but does not so much neatly keep out predator animals. Dogs and cats here in the west are tasty snacks for mountain lions.

Before you laugh, let me say that wherever there are deer, there are lions. And when I lived on 5 acres, I had deer sleeping up against the house. One night, coming home, I had to pause in the driveway to let the male cougar with the bloody paws and lips saunter on past.

OldMorgans said...

mytwh--and the red neck neighbors are getting exercise too, riding the golf cart. Man, that's a lot of work, ya know.

My only experience w/wireless fence was in one of Susan Conant's mysteries. She hates them. It also was one of her mysteries that I first learned of Puppy Mills many years ago. The main character of her books is owned by two malamutes and all her books have a very doggy theme.

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shane rocket said...

Hey long time no see.. :) I have heard of a dog a while ago that sat near the alert area and let the battery run down then ran at will!!! dog is too smart/dumb for his own good! >>>~s

Dawg said...

Having just installed my invisible fencing, it takes a lot of training for them to understand the boundaries! If people are looking for an easy way, fencing isn't.

People should do their research!!

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

mytwh ...

I've heard that from people; if their dog is off property and is picked up by canine control to spend a day in "jail", they are less inclined to go off again.

That's interesting about your GS neighbour. I was actually expecting you to say that they are walking the dog while driving the car or something. This is worse I think because it sounds like there is no control. Good grief. I wouldn't be surprised if the dog didn't come home one day.

Splash ...

Good point.

I was surprised last summer to hear that there were m.lions close to us (within 10 minute drive). They were coming into town and sometimes even dragging down local foals!

The best part about the cat last year is MNR was contacted about cougar sightings and they said it must be a big house cat! Imagine that ... a house cat dragging away the foals and calves ...

I have never been as close to one as you describe though.

OldMorgans ...

So true. I haven't ever read any Susan Conant ... I never seem to have time to read anything other than nonfiction. From the sounds of it, she's been pushing public awareness for a while.

shanerocket ...

no kidding, eh? That sounds like something a dog I had would've done. We never had wireless fencing so she didn't have the chance to figure that one out, but I wouldn't have put it past her. Sounds absolutely hilarious

Dawg ...

Thanks for giving us your two cents! That's good to remember.

mytwh said...

DDF, do you think the same is true regarding a visit back to the shelter they came from?

Reason I ask is we had our 1st obedience class on Sat, at the shelter. When we pulled in D got really upset and started shaking and crying. He was better once we got into the classroom. On Monday night my husband and I were talking and he said, "you know, his attitude is a lot better" and it was true, he seemed happier and more confident. I know dogs can't reason like we can, but do you think it was at least in part due to returning to the shleter but then coming home with us?

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

mytwh ...

I think it would depend on their experience at the shelter. It would be different if the dog had a miserable time there as opposed to a fun time.

From what you are describing, I would suggest that D probably thinks you're bringing him back and leaving him there. If he saw going to the shelter as a punishment of sorts (like getting put in jail) then yes, I think it's probably related.