There are a couple of different myths about the electric dog fence. Most of these concepts are born from a lack of knowledge about these types of fences, so we thought it best to shed some light on the situation.
Electric fences hurt dogs: False. In fact, we sell a variety of options for the electric dog fence because all dogs are different. What you need for a larger, stubborn breed is not going to be what you need for a small, timid breed. We work with you to give you exactly what your pet needs.
These fences can hurt children: False. The fence is buried, so children never come into contact with it. The collar that receives the signal should be on the pet at all times, so the child never comes into contact with it, either.
The fences break easily: False. The wire is buried underground, so, in order to break it, you would have to dig through it or allow someone else to dig through it. Since you know where it is, this should never be an issue.
An above ground fence is more effective: False. Your dog can climb over or under an above ground fence. In some cases they go through the fence. Using our training methods, the underground fence is the last border for your dog -- one they cannot climb over or under.
You have your dog's safety and happiness in mind, so be sure to get the facts before you make a decision that can have an impact on you and your dog.
You want a fence to keep your dog in a contained area so you can keep him or her safe. You see it as a means by which to give your dog freedom to run while still being a responsible pet owner. Your dog however, probably sees the fence differently than you do, which is why underground pet fencing might be your best option.
~Tigger: “Oooh look! He put up a higher obstacle for me to jump! Does it still count as a jump when I pull myself up by those openings?”
~Chewy: “Wood?! I love chewing wood! My owner loves me so much that she surrounded the whole place with these tall wooden things for me to chew on. Tonight I shall reward her by sitting on her lap when she tries to eat those things she pulled out of the garden.”
~Houdini: “Wait for it...wait for it....just a few more steps and the gate will open. This is my favorite part of the day...when my human plays hide and seek with me before going off to work.”
~Dinker: “The cat thinks my owner must love her more than me. It isn't enough that the cat has her own indoor bathroom; now she gets to taunt me from outside this metal thing as well? Maybe if I make that room with all the comfortable furniture my new indoor toilet the cat will see who really is the favorite.”
It's all about perspective. What you see as safety features your dog sees as a challenge, a new toy, or something to chew on. Underground dog fencing won't just eliminate the challenge; it will keep your dog's focus off of the perimeter of your property in general.
As far as dog behavioral problems go, chasing can be one of the most dangerous. Your dog could end up chasing something into the street. Your dog may end up getting into trouble, or even lost, by chasing something you don't want him or her to, or by getting out of your range. Many methods work, from remote training to leashes, but the specific one you use will depend on the breed as well as your efforts.
Dogs chase as a natural part of their genetic makeup. To curb this behavior, you have to give your dog a reason to stop. In the case of hunting dogs, you also need to teach them when it is okay to chase and when it isn't. Remote training usually works best in such situations.
Sometimes you just need to distract your dog from whatever it is he or she wants to chase. You can do this by making a noise with a clicker, using a training collar, or by being active with your dog in some other way. When in public, it is always best to keep your dog on a leash for safety as well as legal liabilities.
When training your dog without a leash, first distract your dog and then offer him or her positive reinforcement when behaving well and not giving chase. It really is that simple. Remember that your dog is a pack animal and you are the pack. Your dog looks to you for affection and protection. His or her sole purpose is to take care of the pack and retain his or her place in it. This is why positive reinforcement is so effective.