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Old 06-20-2002, 06:40 AM
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eeoyow! $700.00 for an invisible fence! My DH would say bring the dog back to the shelter!
Our pet store manager said they don't work if your dog leaps the fence? And the shock doesn't always bother the bigger dogs.

Our neighbors used one for their dog(border collie) and it really broke the dog's spirit. Now the dog is afraid to move at all and doesn't play with the kids.

I am still trying the training thing, she has finally learned not to bolt out of the door and she has to go on a leash or hook her up to a trolley to go out and she waits! Amazing

I also use "clicker" training for her...so simple commands she now will respond. Sit, stay, no, bad, etc. Pet Smart sells them.

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Old 06-20-2002, 07:23 AM
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You're right Janet-$700.00 was alot!! But regular fencing with the 3 gates etc. installed (my husband can't install a lightbulb-but I love him anyway ) would have been almost $600.00. Then we would have had to trim around it, have to walk to a gate to leave the yard etc., with the way our back door is, there is no way to contain it within a fence so we would have had to hold her and walk her to the gate to let her into the fence-this way we just open the door and way she goes, and we decided that with our small yard, it would have seemed REALLY tiny contained in a fence. It just seemed like the best solution for us.

It really hasn't seemed to effect Katie's spirit-in fact, she seems much happier since she's not "chained up" anymore. And now she is able to join the family in the front yard where as before she couldn't. There are several levels of strenghth to the shock that can be delivered-Katie's is set on mediun low-my son says it feels like when you get shocked changing a light bulb-don't ask!! The installer did tell us that if a person had a big aggressive dog that it might "ignore" the shock and the fencing wouldn't work and as far as jumping-a dog would need to jump 6-12 feet as the electric field surrounds the wire in a 6 foot radius-6 feet up and down and side to side. Altho I'm sure there are long-jump or high jump specialists out there !!

Since our yard is small and there is a 6 foot area along the edge that she can't go into-it has cut down her space some but we take her out to a big area in a local park several times a week to let her run free-which she really loves.

As I said-it's not for everyone but it has been a god sent for us-do you think that child welfare would get upset if we but a collar aound our 3 yr old's ankle? It would work for me !!!

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Old 06-20-2002, 07:01 PM
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Hi Klcrn!

I am so pleased the invisible fence works for you and your hubby doesn't mind the cost. Cost alone would send my hubby's head spinning!

I have been watching "Emergency Vets" on Animal Planet...I guess everyone seems to have dogs that love to run off! I am glad our area doesn't have alot of cars, atleast the way she usually runs! I do get to see all my neighbors this way! LOL



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Old 06-21-2002, 08:37 AM
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lol--that's how we got to know our neighbors, too! Either chasing our dog out of their yard, or them getting there dogs out of ours! Fortunately, no one has mean/aggressive dogs around here(the ones that are, are kept in pens). Usually we just yell out the window--"Rex(or whomever)--go home!!" And they go
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Old 06-21-2002, 09:40 AM
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LOL

My biggest problem is worrying about Katie getting picked up by somebody-she about a fearsome as a marshmellow!!

She will let a total stranger walk right up to the house and love and jump all over him but bark at our nieghbor's plastic pumpkin and straw scarecrow at halloween-I swear-she really did!!
She'll go nuts barking at neighbors she sees everyday but will wag herself silly over the UPS man..

Go figure!!

My huband is a police officer and he said we should get a police dog just to protect Katie!!

But-we love her anyway!!

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Old 06-21-2002, 05:09 PM
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Klcrn, Maybe Katie knows all the great things the UPS person brings! Goodies at Xmas, and clothes to make Mom happy! My dogs love the UPS person and we also get a Schwann's Ice Cream man....they love him too! LOL

Our dogs also love Drive-Thru windows....banks, McDonalds, Pharmacy drive- ups give doggie biscuits and our Dairy Queen give small doggie cones! So they now know good things come thru windows!

Hmm...a Dog's life sounds pretty good! ;-)

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Old 06-23-2002, 01:47 PM
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Katie loves the ice cream places around here-she gets her own "baby cone" and then tries to inhale it in one gulp! It's funny watching her get an "ice cream buzz". She'll shake her head and her eyes water--We always end up telling her "we told you to slow down". Hum-sounds like a kid huh!!

She also loves the drive throughs-she knows one hamburger is for her!!

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I just wanted to post an update to this thread. When I started this thread I was having problems with Angel leaving the yard and not coming back until she felt like it. As many of you already know, Angel recently completed 6 months of training (with me) and we passed our CGC test.

I've been practicing "come" religiously with her and though she's gotten out of the yard a few times here and there, she has recently (within the last month or so) gotten much better about coming back when I call her. At first it took a few times, but as long as I remained positive and didn't get angry with her, she figured out the "come" and "good girl" <insert hugs and excitement> go to gether.

Anyway, today I gave her a short 5 minute test. I took her off of the porch off leash (the leash was in my hand but not connected to her) and tossed a stick for her. She acted as if she were going to take off a few times but I sternly reminder her to come and she didn't leave! I was so proud of her (and me LOL). I plan to practice this everyday, making it longer and longer each time.

While I have had many dogs in the past, this is the first time I have had a dog with a house that didn't have a fenced yard. So this was quite a challenge for me. Just had to share that update!
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Old 10-29-2002, 03:52 PM
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Hurray!!! Now my question is...do you take boarders???lol

My dog is still a wild child...but she does walk better, no tugging, and I hope by next year she will respond better to come...she will come but if there is a chipmunk near by...forget it! lol

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LOL Janet! Keep working at it, you'll get it!

I am very proud of Angel's progress, she did venture into the neighbor's yard today, and I had to yell at her to make her come back, BUT she did come back LOL

But that was just one slip up. I've been taking her out in the backyard to play in the leaves. She loves it! Here's a picture of her resting for a minute
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