I just bought a Petsafe Wireless Pet Containment System. Now my dog is terrified to go outside.?

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I bought a wireless pet containment system a few days ago, and my dog got shocked once while we were doing the training. He is now terrified to go outside and we have to drag him out just to pee. When we take him outside he tries to get back in the entire time and we have to basically carry him off the porch. He seems very scared and he has always loved going outside. Will he get used to how the fence works over time or should I just take it back? Did your dog do this when you first got the fence?
Also he is about 60 pounds and we had the shock setting on 3….we had it on 2 but he walked right out of the boundary and didn’t notice the shock.
No need to be rude people. I got the fence because he kept digging out of his fence and chasing traffic. The shock does not hurt him – I shocked myself with it first to make sure it wouldn’t hurt him. We have tried many different things to keep him in the yard, but he gets tangled on a tie out and digs under or climbs the fence. I walk him everyday but I want to be able to play with him off the leash.
I followed the training exactly as the manual said and he was on the leash when the shock happened.

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7 Responses to “I just bought a Petsafe Wireless Pet Containment System. Now my dog is terrified to go outside.?”

  1. Joshua Prescott says:

    The dog training course we used when my kids found our black, long-haired dachshund (named him Klaus…after a friend from high school) at a dachshund rescue facility was the best investment we ever made (besides Klaus himself!) It covered the secrets of dog training; and common dog problems including biting and nipping, aggression, jealousy, digging holes, disobedience, separation anxiety, fights with other dogs, destructive behavior and even understanding how your dog thinks. The course was great, it was fun and effective. It got the whole family involved. The only problem…I wish there was a similar course I could use on the kids!

  2. Noemi Moore says:

    Hey I see you need some sort of guide that will give you tips and tricks to help your dog become fully trained and more healthy. Recently one of my friends really needed some advice on how to train his dog. He followed the Dog Training Academy course to successfully have a fully trained dog in a few weeks.

  3. ladystang says:

    if you have a fence just put the shock inside to keep him away from fence
    take out and stay with him, don’t let him get shocked while out there

  4. Kayla says:

    I tried to use one for my own dog. I did everything by the book, as carefully as I possibly could have, and he still became terrified to play outside. Even if he didn’t mean to go outside the boundary, such as when playing hard and having fun, he’d get a nasty shock. He would always stay within inches of me when outside, because he knew that I wouldn’t lead him into a shock.

    I see it this way: if the dog doesn’t enjoy his time outside, there’s no point in him being outside. My dog, personally, can only enjoy the outdoors if he feels safe. He’s far to sensitive to pain for an electric fence and I never should have tried it in the first place.

    Today, my dog does get outside time, but no e-fence. I tried for many months to get him used to his fence, but eventually it became evident that it wasn’t ever going to work. I would advise you to either contact a dog trainer, or just take the thing back.

  5. CanineTruth says:

    Electronic fences do NOT work on many dogs. They are NOT bullet proof. It takes the right kind of dog to get used to these systems and it takes MONTHS of training to get to the point where you can be confident with the dog off leash.

    And even then you can never leave the dog alone or unsupervised and there will always be the chance that the dog bolts for the boundary to get to whatever caught interest on the other side. Doesn’t keep things OUT of the yard, either…..

    I’m pretty sure your dog should not have been allowed to "walk right out of the boundary" so soon in the training – most systems want your dog LEASHED for several days before introducing them to the correction. Most instructions don’t even use the collar until the end of the first week. Already i see that you’re going through the training improperly…..

    Return the system and invest in an actual fence. If your dog is "traumatized" after one jolt then he does not have the proper temperament for this kind of containment system. Period.

  6. Inga says:

    Well, that’s just one of the risks with these things. I’m sure a lot of people swear by them, but they aren’t for everyone. Some dogs will associate pain with the yard. So naturally they will be too scared to go out there again.

    I would advise you to take it back. But others might have a way you can work around this.

    ADD – I don’t really see anybody being rude here. The invisible fence is just plain not a good product. Sure, it will keep some dogs in the yard, but I can direct you to horror story after horror story.
    You may just have to face facts that the invisible fence isn’t for your dog. Also, for the price of the product you can hire a trainer to come to your yard and help you train your dog to be off leash with you. Doesn’t that sound more awesome than having something that makes your dog afraid to be in his own yard?

  7. Timmeh! says:

    If he has a kennel and the weather isn’t too cold, leave him out for a while. Stay out with him, with plenty of treats, and make sure you block his route back to the doorway he uses to get back inside, by standing in front of it if you have to. Once he stops trying to get back in, stand near the boundary with treats and call him, rewarding him every time he comes. It might take time, but feeding his neuroses by carrying him off the porch will make them worse

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