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Need Advice Dog Electric Fence

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by We Love Disney, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. We Love Disney

    We Love Disney New Member

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    Who has an electric fence for their dog? Asking for tips and recommendations. Yes we've been to training class. Mastered all but listening when nature is involved.

    It is obvious we need an electric fence. Have a wooden one in the back yard but it is the front yard we worry about, especially for when the dog slips out the door. Had an escapee out the door again this morning. If you saw me running around in my jammies you know why.

    Please help!
     
  2. wahoogeek

    wahoogeek New Member

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    If you go this route, you can install one yourself and save a cool $1k. Not hard at all. Hardest part is to determine where to put the fence, where is there a power source and how to run the wires from there to the area you want fenced. This is all stuff you would need to figure out even if you paid someone to come do it.

    Once installed, you do need to train your dog to use it. The fence is a training device, the collar beeps when the dog gets close to the line marked with the white flags you will use as a visual indicator; you then reward the dog during the training phase for responding to the beeps.
     
  3. Brit

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    We went with Invisible Fence several years ago and it worked for the dogs. It's tough when they do get a shock, but they'll never go near it again. Trouble is any beep now terrifies them - whether it's the microwave or a truck reversing!

    Know a few people who went the self-install route and that seems to work just as well. Invisible Fence is not cheap and I find that they make a lot of money from you post-sale too (batteries, new collars, etc.).

    Overall it's peace of mind.

    Placement, and remembering where it's placed is very important. We've had cuts in our line on numerous occasions thanks to Fios installers and our neighbors digging up our yard (yes our yard) to install their sprinkler systems. Guess they forget where the boundaries are.

    The breakages are an easy fix, it's just a simple wire reconnect and I always insist that the contractors do it since they broke it. The system will auto alert you that there is a break, so no worries there.
     
  4. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Do you need to involve Miss Utility at all to mark the location of current underground wires, conduit, pipes, etc?
     
  5. Brit

    Brit New Member

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    I believe so.

    Forgot to mention, you will need to run the wire across your driveway, that's when the pros come in handy. They ran ours a few inches underground between the concrete slabs and the asphalt.
     
  6. wahoogeek

    wahoogeek New Member

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    Yes if you are doing a big install or using power equipment but not necessarily: 1) the wire is only buried a few inches deep and 2) if you do it yourself with a spade shovel, there's little risk. That being said, I know the cable co and FIOs did not always follow code for depth.

    You also may not need to cut across the driveway. You can create a little channel where the asphalt meets the concrete apron/sidewalk. There probably is already a groove there. I used a tool to carve out some depth, laid in the wire, and then filled it with asphalt sealer.

    Batteries are cheap on-line.
     

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