Happy2BaMom Posted November 18, 2011 Share Posted November 18, 2011 We have two dogs, one little, one big. We have a large fenced area for them, but that is no longer working - the big one has figured out how to climb the fence (and she actually climbs it, like a human; she does not jump it), and the little one is getting too good at digging under it. And, to boot, they both take off through the neighborhood when they get out and go joy-riding across roads and neighbors' yards. So we have installed an electric fence around a larger grass area. I got the little training DVD that came with the fence, watched it, and followed the instructions to the letter (btw, it's the PetSafe system)....put the dogs on the leash, had the flags up, shook the little flags, praise & treats inside the fenced area, trained them on what happens if they step outside, shake the little flags, blah blah blah. Did the training for about a week, doing exactly what the video told me to do. It hasn't worked. The dogs have figured out that they can be shocked when their collar is on. They know that the further out they go, the more likely it is to be shocked. They don't get the flag thing at all (even though I've waved them every training session), and all they do now when I put their collars on is to sit right outside the door and refuse to move. If I try to take them into the yard on their leash, I have to drag them and the little one has her tail between her legs (she's been shocked twice, on a very low level setting, which is uncomfortable but not exactly out of bounds for the training, so I think the problem is that she's not understanding why the shock is happening). I see many dogs in my neighborhood (at least 6 that we walk past every day) that are kept in by electric fences, so I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong. I would consider hiring someone, but since we already have the fence, I'm not sure who - a dog-trainer? An electric fence company? Is there anyone on the board who has experience with this and can offer advice? We've never done this before and I'm feeling a little lost. I can't have the dogs running through the neighborhood and I don't have the time to supervise them for all the outside time they need every day. Help! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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