wireless fence dog training…?


I bought a petsafe wireless fence for my german shepherd two months ago, I put up the flags for two weeks on the boundary, then took the flags up. The problem is my dog will not go any where near the boundary. The boundary is set at 90 feet, but he only goes 20 feet and no more. I tried to walk him around the boundary, but he jerks and fights away from it. I tried putting cheese in my hand and walking away from him to follow me, but he still stops. Any ideas to how to correct this behavior?

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5 Responses to “wireless fence dog training…?”

  1. King Les The Lofty says:

    The only way I know of to correct/prevent YOUR behaviour is to find your dog an owner who understands dogs.
    You obviously DON’T, any more than you understand proximity shock collars (aka what a pooch wears to deter it from getting close to the cable of the "invisible fence").

    Invisible fences do NOT protect your pet from stray dogs or stray brats, they give NO mental comfort to scared-of-dogs people who must walk or cycle past. For each of those, your pooch’s next owners need PHYSICAL fences.

    Invisible fences don’t even keep dogs home, unless the pooch is a coward! When an enemy pooch or a bitch on heat wanders in & out, most dogs will race through the pain-barrier so quickly that they are out the other side before the shock cramps their muscles. But after the fight or mating they are no longer motivated to rush, and so the pain barrier prevents them from crossing back onto your property. As a result, your dog stays out on the street where all the dangerous traffic flies past……

    Find him a proper home. One that values him more than you do so is prepared to erect an effective physical barrier to protect him from stray dogs, stray brats, and his own impetuosity.

    No-one with any understand of dogs and proximity collars would DELIBERATELY attempt to walk a shock-collar-wearer around or near the cable. No doubt you are deaf, too – most such collars sound a buzz when within a planned distance of the cable, so that the wearer learns to go no closer. If it gets closer the zap takes over. Put the switched-on collar on your own neck and discover its "delights". And when you get zapped, be aware that dogs feel electricity between 5 & 10 times more painfully than we do.
    Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
    "In GSDs" as of 1967

  2. Erica - So many bunny huggers, so little time! says:

    There’s nothing to correct. The fence has done its job. Be thankful he isn’t one of the MANY dogs that finds ways to get out of these things. I’m not a huge fan of these fences either. Sounds like he’s learned what the fence does, and it avoiding it. That’s the whole point. Congratulations, it worked, now leave well enough alone. Dragging him to it like that, is going to do nothing more then get you bitten. And quickly. Let him come around in his own time, he’ll figure it out. Just be happy the fence worked at all, and leave the rest alone.

  3. leeloevans says:

    Wow, sounds like he learned only to well how the electric shock feels when he gets close to the fence. I am guessing that you have the electric turned up way too much. I’d leave well enough alone, sounds like he may be traumatized :). I’m not a fan of the electric fences as while the dog stays w/in the boundary due to electric shock, it doesn’t prevent other dogs or animals from coming into their area so it doesn’t keep your dog safe. I spent the $$ for a regular fence, but it was rather expensive. For the same amount that was spent on the invisible fence you installed, (depending on yard size) you can put up a nice looking wire fence using welded or twisted wire fencing from the farm store and T-posts.

  4. landi_lou says:

    I would put the flags back up so he had a visual reminder again. You may need to retrain him to show him exactly where the boundary is again.

  5. Berner Sennenhund says:

    Honestly I would let him figure it out onhis own. The fence has done it’s job in teaching your GSD to stay within the boundries, and he’s not yet comfortable going close to it. Don’t force him into it, because it will just make him even more nervous.

    He will go farther on his own eventually, when he’s comfortable with it.

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