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  • Underground dog fences

    We have a couple of wanderers, and I was wondering if any of you have used this method of keeping your dogs in the yard. I'm not a fan of shocking my dogs, but I live in a rural area and it's impossible, cost wise to fence our entire acreage. What do you think? Do they even work? Would you use this method?

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    We have one for our dog as we have no fence. She wears a special collar and she knows her limits (we trained with the flags that came with it so she knows where not to go beyond).

    The only bad thing (at least here) is the wire being dug up and chewed up by squirrels and rabbits. That's happened a few times and it's hard to find the break in the wire, then you have to re-draw the lines and re-teach the dog it's boundries.

    Some people out here keep the flags up all the time so the dog knows, but sometimes it looks tacky after awhile and makes it hard to cut the grass.
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      They work fine, it's not a big deal. There are tons of settings, and dogs can get a tiny warning shock, and they learn after the first couple times. Be prepared for people to say it is cruel, but I think it is worse to have a dog run away and get eaten by a bear, but I'm weird that way..

      Good luck.



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        They really do work and they're great. The only time the dog gets shocked is in the initial learning stages, but they learn fast through the use of the visual flags (like Joshrz said).

        Always be sure the collar fits and isn't too loose (or too snug). We had neighbors who wouldn't check the collar regularly so it would hang without touching the dog's neck. He figured it out quickly and would cross the line whenever he felt like it.
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          The only other issue is that if the dog is determined to wander off, they can learn to pass the shock and this will not contain them. And once they learn they can do this (get through a few seconds of discomfort for freedom) than the fence won't work. This is particularly related to a dog in heat.
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            Re: Underground dog fences

            Thanks for the input everyone!

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