Golden Retriever Electric Dog Fence?

I have a full grown male golden reteriever. I'm looking for an electric dog fence for him, somewhere in the price range of $ 50-140 dollars (eBay is an option).

My yard is small, and about 3/4 of it is already enclosed with either real fence or my house. It's only about 30 meters of it that I need the electric fence for. I've considered doubling over the electric fence, in hopes to give the dog a "double shock" so that he won't jump through the fence, no matter how much he wants to.

Anyway, what do you think is my best bet for a reliable dog fence?


DQuebedeaux
  • <cite class="sig">ANGELEHuth</cite>

    I have had the "invisible" type of fence for over 10 years now.

    You have to realize that the electronic field that is emitted is 10 to 15 feet wide centered on the wire. Encircle the whole yard. Installing the wire closer will actually shrink the electronic field. This type of fence has to be installed in a loop anyway.

    The "invisible" type of fence is not cruel like some people on this site will tell you. The shock that it gives is mild (and yes, I have been shocked by it). The shock value is immeasurable. The better type of fence systems collars also give a warning beep when the dog gets near the perimeter well before delivering a shock. With proper training the dog will learn quickly where it can and cannot go. Hence it won't get a shock. Most of the people who will tell you that they don't work are ignorant about the fences in the first place or they bought one (maybe a junk one like PetSafe and many others), slapped the collar on the dog and then booted him out the door without training him. And sometimes they are just plain stupid, and you can't fix stupid.

    Sometimes a conventional fence is not an option either due to the cost of fencing a large piece of property or because some housing developments have restrictions on fences.

    Sometimes a conventional fence will not contain your dog at all. He can go over it or under it.

    If you are looking for an Invisible Fence brand fence you will have to contact a local dealer for a price to install it though I can almost guarantee it will be over $1000.00. If you wish to install it yourself (and it's pretty easy to do in 2 – 3 hours depending on the size of your property) it is available online (but not I/F brand).

    The "invisible" type of fence consists of three things. First is the wire which is buried an inch or two into the ground. This wire defines the outer perimeter of the containment area. You can also block off areas (flowerbeds, pools etc) within the containment area. Some experimentation may be necessary in this. Second is the transmitter that is mounted to the wall indoors and connected to the fence wire, and third is the collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends out an AM radio band signal that the collar will sense if your pet gets to close to the electronic field. The collar will then deliver a correction. Some of the better ones will give a warning beep prior to delivering a shock. Though it is a strong shock it will not harm the pet in any way. Small marker flags are placed along the inner edge of the field about 5 to 10 feet apart during the training period and removed (every other one) as the pet gets used to the fence.

    Huskies are escape artists. We have 16 of them. The only thing that I have found that they can't go over or under is invisible type fencing. Some folks say that it doesn't work on Huskies. They don't know what they are talking about. You can't buy the cheap stuff, like what they sell at Lowe's or Home Depot or PetSmart etc. The best I have found is the Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. You can find it on line at several sites, discounted for less than $170.00 with 1 collar. Extra collars are about $80.00. The kit has everything needed including 500' of wire and flags, enough to do a quarter acre. Expansion kits (500' of wire and flags) are available for $38.00 and will contain a bit more than an acre. The collars are rechargeable (unlike the "Invisible Fence" and most others where you have to buy the proprietary (one place to get it = expensive) batteries every 3 or so months), has battery backup for the transmitter, run through prevention, waterproof, etc. if you are in an area that has a lot of thunderstorms I would consider a lighting protection module ($50.00). Innotek now owns Invisible Fence brand. Be sure to use heat shrink type crimp on butt connectors on the wire if needed. They are available at marine supply stores. Do not use the "weatherproof wire nuts" from Lowe's etc. They will not work for long in this application. Use an edger to dig the "trench" for the wire. The wire only has to be buried 1 or 2 inches down. The yard will “heal” within a few days normally. Crossing driveways can be done two ways, wash a tunnel underneath with a garden hose or use a Skilsaw with a concrete blade to cut a groove an inch or so deep, put the wire in and seal it with a concrete sealer. For a gravel driveway, dig a trench an inch or so wide and a a bout 3 or 4 inches deep, lay an old piece of garden hose in the trench and put the wire through. This will protect the wire from the gravel cutting it when run over by a car.

    The key is taking the time to train your pet. I have known of people to pay big money to install a fence, strap the collar on their dog and then complain that the fence is junk when the dog blows right through it. Also, you do not mention the breed of dog. Longhaired breeds require a longer contact probe on the collar (these are included with the system above). Training may take awhile, one o

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