Archive for April, 2009

Dog Fence Review – Choose The Best Dog Containment System For Your Dog

Dog Fence Review.  Choose the best dog containment system for your dog.

Should I buy a dog containment system via a retail store, catalog or the internet?

As a master dog trainer and a electric dog fence owner, I would emphatically say No to purchasing any dog containment system this way!  The following reasons explain why I am making this statement:

First and most importantly, it is very easy to psychologically damage your dog if the proper dog training and dog conditioning is not done.

Most people  just put the electric dog fence collar on their dog and shock the heck out of their dog in the name of dog training and conditioning.  Some dogs (depending on the dog personality or dog temperament) can learn this way; but you scare them doing it.  You can scar a dog doing this especially if this occurs during one of the two fear imprint stages a dog progresses through during their early years.  In addition, you run the risk of your dog pooping in the house and being afraid to go out doors.

The correction is not the reason most dogs stay in their yards! Proper training and conditioning is the reason dogs stay in their yard.  I often hear people tell me about the dogs they see running down the street that are on these store bought dog containment systems.  Training, conditioning and system reliability may very well be the reason this occurring.

Other dogs (the more dominant, stubborn and high energy) tend to think the correction they are receiving around their neck is just a part of life.  They learn to ignore it or take the pain.  If they see something outside the dog fence they want, they go.

The only way I would buy one of these electric dog containment systems (via the methods addressed above) is if I knew a professional dog trainer that would help me with the training.

This is true with a full service dog fence company as well.  I would just not assume that the person working with your dog is qualified to train.  I would make sure!  And, in most cases I would make sure your trainer is a real dog trainer capable of reading your dog’s personality and temperament.

This would be just one concern I would look at when performing a dog fence review.  There are other articles on this page that addresses other concerns.  Feel free to review and call me with questions.  My number is 414-416-1683.

Dog Fence Review – Proper Methods For Dog Fence Training

Buying the best dog containment system that is being offered in the Milwaukee area is one of the easier steps to do if you do your homework. However; the responsibility does not stop with choosing which dog fence system to buy..

To prevent psychological damage to your dog and to ensure your dog’s safety on the dog containment system, I would encourage you to find a professional dog trainer that has used these type of pet containment systems or the electric dog collar in general. Very few dog containment companies have real dog trainers in their workforce. If your local dog fence company does not have a professional dog trainer, hire a trainer locally who is familiar with training dogs on electronic dog collars. You will be glad you did.

Personality, temperament and drive is what makes each dog who he is. Like humans, each dog is a little different. This is why we recommend you have a professional trainer to assist with dog training on the fence.

This is what happens in the training process AFTER the dog evaluation occurs (Do not follow these guidelines for your dog unless you have seen or have been advised by a professional trainer. This is just a general review of what happens during training.):

The first step in training before you leave your dog unleashed on the dog fence system is to acquaint him to the boundaries of your property. You could use flags to mark the boundaries. (Your Contain-A-Pet dealer/trainer may also recommend a string and flag fence if your dog is of a certain temperament.) Once you start using the electric dog fence, it is these boundaries that the dog would have to learn in order to keep the electronic dog collar from beeping. You have to teach your pet the boundaries of the dog containment system. You have to teach your dog that when it hears the tone it must run away from the boundaries towards the center of the yard or your home. This will teach him that he needs to be within the boundary in order to avoid the beeping sound and correction. This process usually lasts approximately 5 to 7 days.

The next step would be to attach a long leash line to your dog and have someone walk towards the boundary and see if your dog would follow. If he tries to cross the boundary then it may mean that you will have to repeat the first step again. If your dog does stop at the boundary, he has learned the first lesson correctly and now you can increase testing to ensure he does not cross the boundary.

Use bigger distractions like balls, Frisbees, etc thrown outside the boundary and watch whether your dog will get them. If he does, go back to step one. If he adheres to the boundaries, praise him tremendously. It is now time to leave your dog unleashed but always under constant supervision until you’re completely satisfied that he will not test the boundary.

Be patient and be sure your dog has adjusted to the dog fence system before you allow him to run unsupervised. You can begin removing flags when you’re sure that the dog has learned the boundary limits. Always ask your trainer first.

This is a general guide to the proper training on the dog fence system. Only the ill-informed or uncaring dog owner would turn their dog out on the dog fence without training. Remember, to always ask a professional trainer the proper way to train your particular dog before you get started.

Dog Fence Review – 1 Year Containment Guarantee vs 30 Days – It’s A No Brainer

You purchased a dog containment system to keep your dog or cat in your yard, right?  What happens if your dog starts escaping the fence?  If you are like me, you would want your money back if you did everything requested by the manufacturer.

Sadly, that doesn’t always happen.  Did you know that most (probably all)  hardware or catalog stores have only a thirty day money back guarantee on their dog containment systems?  That is not nearly enough time to be sure a dog fence will contain your dog the rest of his or her life.

It doesn’t get much better with professionally installed dog containment systems.  You have to do your home work before you buy.

Some companies have the same miserable thirty day guarantee that the catalog stores do.    There is no way I would buy one of those fences for my dogs.  Even if I was sure my dog would be contained, why would I want to take that chance if there are better guarantees out there?

Others don’t mention their pet containment guarantee at all (at least not on their websites).  I wonder why they do that? 🙂  I’ll let you be the judge of the reason for this glaring omission.  I can tell you one thing,  containment is an important issue with dog containment systems.

There are a few companies that offer a one year dog containment guarantee.   Even the companies with a one year pet containment guarantee requires some scrutiny.

One company offers a one year containment guarantee with a caveat … If your dog is not contained after 30 days, you only get refunded the cost of the equipment.  You lose the labor portion of the installation cost.

There is only one company in the world that offers a full one year dog containment guarantee.  That company is Contain-A-Pet.  The only thing you have to do is follow your Trainer’s guidelines for containing your specific dog.  If you do that and the dog cannot be contained, you will be refunded the purchase price of your system.  Why do they do that?

By now you know we are Contain-A-Pet.  Why can we offer this No-Risk guarantee to you?  We use sound dog training and behavior principles to teach your dog how to stay in his yard.  It doesn’t take any longer than the other companies’ fence training; but, it is very effective.