my friend has a dog and he has an invisible fence in his front yard, it shocks the dog when it goes near it…

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I know some people who dont think thats a very good way to train a dog, but should i get one? i have a 1 year old doberman, and a 2 year old doberman, please give me your opinion

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    15 Responses to “my friend has a dog and he has an invisible fence in his front yard, it shocks the dog when it goes near it…”

    1. ladyren says:

      They’re fine. The dog is shown exactly where the limits of his property are…. many people put up little flags so the dog knows were the boundary is….. Dogs aren’t stupid, and they don’t live in terror of them either.

      In my part of the country, frankly they are pretty useless for keeping a dog out of danger in summer….. We have rattlesnakes, so dogs in unsecured yards have to go through rattle snake avoidance training…(For us, it was easier to wire the snakes out with mesh than to try to use an electronic fence.) One of ours got hit anyway, and was in intensive care for two days…. but he made it. ;>) (smiles….)

      We as well have dobies. We as well have used bark collars, and they know when they are on, too…

      So, all the crap someone will tell you about "ooooohhhh how awful" is just crap.

      Now electric reins to get a horse to turn faster? Uh, no. Truly cruel.

    2. lol21t says:

      That’s up to you. If I saw a Doberman running toward me on a front lawn while I was taking a walk, invisible fence or no fence…I’d run!

      A better solution might be to get a training manual or enroll in a training class to train your dog. This uses treats as a reward and often has better results. Your neighbors will thank you.

    3. steph says:

      no i think thats mean to an animal and painful to the dog

    4. Emily says:

      In my honest opinion, I would never buy an invisible fence. Sure they can SOMETIMES keep your dog in your yard but it doesn’t stop other animals or people from getting in. I would much rather buy an actual fence.

    5. hunter/jumper and dog trainer says:

      no… i know people who have them and love them, but i don’t think they are necessary… with proper training you can get your dog to stay in the yard without one… my dogs do

    6. summers_angel_84 says:

      I pretty much agree with Emily. But dobermans have a higher pain tolerance and if they really want something on the otherside of that electric fence they wont let the shock bother them.
      I have a friend that trained her jack russel wtih the electric fence and her dog turned out fine. She rarely had the use the shock..mostly just the noise option.
      On the other hand..my neighbor is training their dogs with the fence as well. One abides by it the other does not and goes through it go play with the neighbor kids…so it all depends on the dog.
      Dobermans are a loyal breed and I’d recommend using a trainer to help train them vs the electric fence but its all upto you. I had adopted Dobey once but he did not see me as alpha whatsoever. So I sadly had to give him away. I’ve since moved on to small breeds lol. Best of luck!

    7. Nanna Banana says:

      Do what you want. I personally don’t think electric fences are that bad, I had one up. They don’t hurt the dog to were the dog fears everything, and it helps train them not to go any farther than they are supposed to go, and if someone tells you not to have them give you an option to use instead of an electric fence.

    8. m!key.,,,wtc?! says:

      actually its a really good way of training a dog, my neighbor has it and knows excatly where he can go and can’t go. So he knows he limits and will never run away and if you want to take him to like the vet all you need to do is take of the collar!
      they are rather expensive though!

    9. Jennifer says:

      Invisible fences are for people who do not want to actually build a real fence. You can train a dog to stay in the yard without one. By the way, my neighbors had a fence. The dog ran past the fence boundary too fast and got stuck on the OUTSIDE of the fence because he was too afraid to cross back over and get shocked again. So, what is the purpose of having the fence again?

    10. LostMyMind says:

      The correct way to use an invisable fence is to place marker flags within the perimiter well into the area that does not shock the animal. When the dog approaches the flags you tell them to stop. You must physically train them to stay in the area in which they should. The correct usuade of the device is for safety of the animal.

    11. Ziggy says:

      It depends on how often you’re home or away, how often your Dobies get out, get away, etc. If you can afford it, with 2 Dobermans, I would invest in the invisible fence.

    12. Celia says:

      I don’t like those.

    13. animal_luver7 says:

      well they may b a good way 2 train them but they r so painful i bet and do u want ur dogs 2 b shocked everyday until they r scared 2 go anywhere?i dont really think that is a "good way of training"

    14. MANU4eva!! says:

      thats horrible..i would never do that

    15. Emily S says:

      Electronic training devices such as electronic fences and anti-barking collars rely on painful punishment and negative reinforcement, causing dogs to live in fear of being electrocuted for normal behaviors like crossing invisible lines, barking, and jumping onto surfaces within their own homes. Positive training methods, in which dogs are rewarded for what they do right, are kinder and more effective. Dogs whose yards are surrounded by electronic fences may develop fear or aggression aimed at what they believe is the source of the shock (kids riding by on bikes, the mail carrier, the dog next door, etc.). Dogs have been known to run through electronic barriers when frightened by fireworks or chasing a squirrel and then be too scared to cross back through the barrier. Electronic fences may actually encourage animals to try to escape. Since dogs only suffer painful shocks in the yard, they may associate the shock with the yard itself—once they get out of the yard, the pain goes away. The fact that the pain returns when they try to reenter the yard can cause dogs to believe that they are being punished for returning home. Even when animals are confined within certain boundaries of an electronic fence, they are still in danger of attacks by roaming dogs, cruel humans, or other animals, who can freely enter the property. Electronic fences are a dog thief’s dream come true! The most effective way to keep your dog safely confined to your property is to keep him or her inside the house when you aren’t home and allow him or her outside only under close supervision on a leash or in a securely fenced enclosure.

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