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 Post subject: Electronic fence/dogs
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2004 8:20 pm 
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I forget what they are called, but does anybody have any info on if those fences that are buried? The dog wears a collar that makes a noise if he approaches the barrier, and if he continues, he gets a mild shock? I'm told by people who have them that it only takes a time or two for the dog to get the idea and stay within his boundaries, but I wonder if the collar he wears is safe and consistant with the Organic way. Anybody know?

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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2004 7:47 am 
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This is the web site for invisible fence, there is not much info on it but you can get a free in-home consultation.
http://www.invisiblefence.com/
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My parents used one of the invisable fences for their dogs at one time. As an obedient son, I was the one who tested the collars to ensure the fencing worked all the way around the property (lucky me). The shock is more of a surprise than a pain and the fence worked our very well for them.


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 Post subject: Invisable Fence
PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2004 9:06 pm 
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Thanks for the reply. My daughter in law has used it and said it worked quite well. My concern is whether there is something in the collar the dog wears which interacts with the fence that might be harmful to the dog. Like flea collars which contain harmful toxins, is there something in the thing the dog wears that makes the fence work that would be harmful to the dog. Anybody got any idea from an Organic point of view?

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What's in the collar is a jolt of electricity that is delivered when the dog gets too close to the boundaries, defined by the wire. No chemicals are used and the jolt is powerful enough to provide a stimulus but not cause serious harm to the dog.
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 Post subject: Electronic Fences
PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2004 4:25 pm 
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Thanks, Tony. That helps.

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 Post subject: invisible fencing
PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2004 11:50 am 
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you know, I never have figured out how that can be any value in keeping the neighborhood dogs off my lawn.
If it did, I'd pay BIG money! hah!


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Those buried fences do nothing to stop a determined dog. My dog sees a cat and it's damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. Then, once they are outside the fence, the fence is very effective at keeping them out.

My dog is so determined that she learned how to climb chain link and get over. I finally put up an electric fence for cattle at the top of the fence. To train her on that I hung a slice of hot dog on it. The 40,000 volts across the tongue did not even stop her. She climbed out the next day and one more time before finally getting the idea. Now she's tunneling under the house to get into the crawl space and get out.

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I have a Jack Russell Terrier. What I got from my buried electronic fence was some good exersize and a dog that escaped even more. Apparently JRTs see these things as challenges, not deterrents.

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My son & family have a wonderful big lab who had to have the 'heavy-duty?' shock collar to keep her in but it finally worked.

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I have a pit bull and a blue heeler/catahoula mix who wear the collars. They've only had one escape, when I was at fault, I'd let the batteries get old and they saw puppies in the yard and bolted after them when we were hanging around in my unfenced front yard. I reinforce the training fairly often (poor kid who had to wear the collar--it's enough to just swing it in the zone to hear it beep!)

The Invisible Fence is IN ADDITION to a solid stockade and chain link set of fences in my back yard where the dogs stay unless they are supervised by me. Invisible Fence doesn't keep other dogs out, but it has been a lifesaver at keeping my dogs in. The pit is a stubborn, smart, curious, strong dog who loved to get out through the chain link to visit the neighbors. I was afraid someone might steal her (she's a beautiful red and white with a red nose) or harm her if they're afraid of pit bulls.

Invisible Fence folks will give you the names of customers in your area willing to accept calls from people who are considering getting the service. It is expensive--my 1/2 acre yard fell in the small size and was total about $1400. But it has been worth it to have the peace of mind regarding the safety of the dogs. The company charges $15 each to renew the batteries quarterly, and they charge for collars (they're marked up--you can avoid that expense by using the old collar as a template and buying a new one locally and using your drill to punch the holes). They have a lifetime (yours, not the dog) guarantee on the collar device that holds the battery, and I think also on the box that controls the wire settings. I haven't had anyone call me so far, but this is what I would tell them.

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