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Dog Training Tips – the Pros and Cons of Using Electronic Fences

January 13, 2011 by  
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For those who have decided to train your dog using an electric fence, or an ‘E-fence’ as it is widely known as, must weigh the pros and cons of such a decision. One factor to consider is the need for a special collar for your dog. This collar is linked to the E-fence via unique transmitters that are buried near the boundaries of the fence. Should a dog go too close to the periphery of the enclosure, the transmitters will warn the dog via emitting unpleasant scents, a jolt or a noise from the collar.

As some Home Owners Association rules and city ordinances do not allow for regular fences, an e-fence, though expensive, may be an option. For those with no back and front yard fences, an e-fence offers a solution if you want a dog, but are unable to establish a regular fence.

There are disadvantages that require one to think through.

For the e-fence to be effective, dogs need to be trained well and the e-fence should not be a stand-in for behavioral training. Dogs need to be taught to associate the deterrent with boundary limits. However, if this is not seen to, the e-fence would be ineffectual.

As they are an electrical device, they are not fool proof. They can be shorted by an electrical surge or lightning strikes, though not common and digging around the perimeter can also cause problems. Flags are first used to visually denote and designate the periphery when the e-fence is first erected, however, once the dog has been taught, the flags are taken down. If they are left in place, they can be knocked or dragged away by lawnmowers and children, amongst other things. Once pulled out, there is a possibility of a puncture by their sharp tips.

If a dog ignores the deterrent and moves past the fence, it is less likely to return inside the boundary voluntarily, and may realize that technically there is no boundaries.

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