I’m interested in feedback on the training and efficacy of underground fence systems like this:
I have 3 dogs, but I want it primarily for my 28lb terrier mix. He was a stray, so he thinks the entire neighborhood is his turf. He also is an escape artist- I’ve never seen anything like it, frankly. His last escape was through a hole he ripped in our screenporch.
Anyway, I’ve done all the things you should do for a wandering dog- he’s neutered (last Friday), he’s tagged, and he’s microchipped. Now he needs to be trained to stay in our yard. We’re also working hard on the recall command, but in the meantime, I’d like to also train him to stay within our yard boundaries.
I am zero interested in opinions that these are a cruel means of containment. To ward off those posts, I’ll say here that I disagree with that assessment, and if you want to debate it start a thread elsewhere. I am interested in feedback on the systems, training tips, etc. As I said, I’m primarily interested in training the terrier, but I have a Shar-pei and a Rottie that I’d love to let out unleashed (but supervised) during quiet times in the neighborhood.
Thoughts? Experiences? The one piece of advice I’ve gotten so far is that if you use the wire that comes in the systems from Wal-Mart, you’ll end up digging it up because there are terrible breaks in it- you need to use thicker gauge wire. Also, I saw instructions on the site for not burying the wire, but basically “stapling” it on top of the grass and letting it kind of mesh into the ground. Any experiences with that?