Dogs are pets. Dogs are social animals. Dogs belong in our homes. A dog who is outdoors all day is miserable. Chances are if you hear a dog barking non-stop, that dog is outside alone. In a natural setting, a dog all by itself is a dead dog. Dogs need to live with their pack.
Dogs who are tied outside tend to be more aggressive. They are routinely frustrated by things just outside of their reach, eventually that frustration can become aggression. This frustration can also come along with underground fencing systems. The dog can routinely see people or things they want to get to, but are frequently shocked for trying to get to them.
I understand the appeal of underground fencing; low installation cost, unobstructed property views and the ability to fence large areas. However, I have seen for myself the lesser known dangers that come along with them. The decision to install one of these “fences” should not be made lightly. Please remember that no fence is fool proof and you should always be present to watch your dog.
Dogs *WILL* run through the line if the temptation is great enough. Then they will not take the shock to come back.
E-collars, e-stim, remote training collars are all nice ways of discussing shock collars. I DO NOT stand by the use of electricity in training animals. I personally think it is inhumane and a short cut. Short Cuts Always Have Pot Holes!!!
Just as with invisible fencing, aggression problems can occur with these collars if the dog associates the shock to a particular person or item. Bigger problems can occur when the dog does not understand why the shock is occurring. A good trainer must always keep in mind that we can never be 100% certain that the dog is associating a punishment with a behavior. Poor timing can lead to a dog thinking that landing on the floor after jumping is the punished behavior not the jumping up in the first place. It seems obvious to us, but we already know the rules.
1) Would I like this being done to me if it was not being explained?
2) Would I do this to a toddler? Very few dogs' mental equivalence will ever exceed a small child's. Treat them with the same compassion.
At all times, we must remember that no fence is a substitute for close observation by responsible owners!
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