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#21 Austin & Missy

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 10:54 AM

I didn't read through all the replies, but i'll just drop my 2 cents in.

We use the Pet Safe brand wireless fence. So there is no wire, just a collar and a transmitter box. We've been using this for over a year now? Yoshi respects the boundaries to the point he will not even get close enough to get the warning beep. We've moved his boundaries twice and he adapted within minutes. He knows, beep, bad, turn around. We have woods that border our backyard and he has all sorts of critters to entertain him, but he will not follow them past his fence line. The flip side is everything else can get in. I've come out side a few times to find him romping around with some neighborhood dogs that have gotten loose. I know the repeat offenders by name now and have their owners numbers in my speed dial. Thankfully everyone gets a long just fine and they love having the impromptu play date. My house has officially become the "Is my dog over there?" house. Yoshi is a very gracious host. I do believe he keeps anything he doesn't want in the yard at bay. We've had quite a few dear wonder into the yard and Yoshi tries to play with them but they scamper at first sight of my dobe.

Ok maybe a bit off track, but to sum up. It works great. The only scare I ever had was during the first couple of months his batteries went dead in the collar and I didn't notice. So he went out to the street to meet some golden retrievers. I ran after him, the owners we're not very happy but were understanding and everyone got a long fine. Thankfully.

But if you're worried about bad things getting in, get a physical fence. If you're worried your dog is aggressive towards strangers, dogs, etc. Get a fence.

If you can be responsible and make sure he always has collar on, and a good battery (mine last about 2-3 months). Go the wireless route. It's working well for us.

Couple side notes. When we first trained him on it he was very scared of the beep and resulting shock. We felt like terrible owners and I thought I totally broke my big beautiful proud doberman as he would not go and run in the yard. It was heart breaking for a day or two. A day or two later. Poof. Magically he's ok with it and is exploring his boundaries more and more.

Just as others said. Don't leave the collar on all the time. As a result of the way my system works there are places in the house that will set the collar off and he will get shocked if he has it on! I know because I was holding his collar and walked into one of these rooms yesterday and got a good surprise. (it does not hurt me, it's just literally shocking).

~austin

Edited by Austin & Missy, 18 August 2010 - 10:58 AM.


#22 Nancy Robinson

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 05:27 PM

Austin, that is what happened with my friend in the house. So maybe it wasn't
a defective collar. I know people who have used it and have very good luck,
I just never have because my place is entirely fenced.
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#23 Michelle R

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 03:42 PM

I too am a huge advocate of the Invisible Fence brand wireless containment system. I specify this system because I have heard the others don't always work as well. IE is more expensive, but I believe it is worth the extra cost. I have trained 6 different dobes on it, and once properly set and trained, I have never had one leave the yard. One exception, if the battery goes dead, Gryphon has a sense and would go out to socialize if he spotted a neighbor. I live on a dead-end cul-de-sac, so traffic isn't really a concern, but never good to lose track of your dog. My dogs can usually quit wearing the collar after about 1 year. As they get old and senile, I put back on once in awhile for a reminder. I leave them very loose, the noise is enough to stop them. My dogs will chase cats, rabbits, deer, possum and squirrels but will abandon the chase when they reach the fence line. Yes, other dogs can come in. The only problem I ever had in the last 12 years was an aggressive, psycho terrier that got out of his house and charged into my yard in attack mode. Gus defended me and a nasty battle began. The good news is that once we got the dogs separated, this neighbor lived right next to me, and he got his dog back into his yard, Gus would not even cross the fence line while the other dog continued to lunge, growl and bite at Gus from only 5 ft away as his owner tried to subdue him. Gus respected the fence line even while in the heat of battle.

One suggestion, wherever your fence is plugged into an outlet, put a surge protector on it. My computer board was destroyed by lightening twice, and they are rather expensive to replace. It has never happened since I starting using the surge protector. Feel free to contact me by PM if you have any specific questions.

#24 Nancy Robinson

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 03:56 PM

Some small dogs can be really assertive. My parents had a psycho terrior at
one time and my Dad nicknamed him SADDAM
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Yesterday is "HISTORY", Today is a "GIFT" and Tomorrow is a "MYSTERY"

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Do not walk in front of me - I may not follow.
Do not walk behind me - I may not lead.
But walk beside me - and be my friend.

May you always have Love to Share
Health to Spare
and Friends who Care

Forever locked in my Heart

"I CARRY YOUR HEARTS IN MY HEART"........FOREVER

My "WHITE ANGEL".....Sweet sweet Schaudeh
4/17/1999...............5/14/2013
My "Bounty Hunter"
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#25 Melinda

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 08:48 PM

Sadie ias allowed to go without her colalr quite often because she has been around so long, same thing, she just respects the line. But we know it's tim eto stick it back on her when , once in a while, we will find her laying in the driveway right on the line, sleeping. Its really kind of funny, it's like she says, "Nananannana" when she figures out her colalr isn't on. For Josie and Jasmine, its not an option. They wear their collar every time they are outside.
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#26 Kiah's mom

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:09 PM

We've had our invisible fence for over 8 years. In fact, when we moved to our current home, we had all 6 acres fenced! I do love it as well, however, you can't just snap the collar on your dog and let them out. To properly train your dog, it's going to take a few weeks. My dobe Kiah has been trained to the fence since she was 12 weeks. She did learn how to run through the fence. In fact, you could watch her and know exactly what she was thinking. She always went through at the same spot. She would get a running start and blast through the correction field. We ended up having the Invisible Fence tech come out and they widened the correction field, reprogramed her collar to a higher correction level and re-flagged her escape route. We did some additional reinforcement training, and she has not gone through since. If you have a strong willed dobe, like I do, I would highly suggest going with the actual Invisible Fence Brand, I highly recommend the Lansing office. Be prepared to replace batterys regularly if your dog tests the fence. Kiah's battery typically needs to be replaced every 2 or 3 months. My pointer, who is deathly afraid of the correction, has had the same battery for probably a year. In fact, I should probably check it tonight. LOL Who knows if it's even working. Good luck!!

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#27 Pooderman_dobe_mom

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:26 PM

We have an invisible fence for our two Pooderman sisters, Maddie and Charlie, and our Dober-boy Conn. We had to get one. We have a 5ft physical fence, but it turns out Maddie jumps it like it's nothing. She a bouncy girl - must be more poodle that doberman. The invisible fence is around a larger part of the yard than the physical fence, so they have more room to run. Madde and Charlie never go AWOL, unless their collar malfunctions AND there is a great distraction. There are rabbits and deer who watch our dogs from the neighbors yard, and laugh at them cuz they can't get out, while the girls bark their heads of right at the edge of the boundary. So we're very confident we can leave them out there safely (only when we're home and within ear-shot). Conn seemed to pick up the training quickly. But then spring came around, and something got his attention and drew him out. Turns out it was a dead, frozen critter that was thawing and he was smelling it, and a bad collar. Then he wandered through, and went to visit a neighbor's rather aggressive German Shepherd, who beat him up. Thankfully, that dog has since moved away. We've since re-trained Conn, but he still goes AWOL if there is enough temptation. So, we continue to supervise him when he's out. He's slowing getting better though.

One thing we have learned with three dogs who wrestle a lot though - we have to replace the collars about every 6mos to 1 yr. because our rowdy dogs destroy them. We usually keep at least one extra on hand for that reason.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 01:10 AM

 
I was too worried about my furry frind's safety while I am away but this best wireless dog fence saved my day. 

Edited by jhonylevis, 22 April 2019 - 02:03 AM.





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