Many humans think that installing an electronic fence is a pretty forward thinking idea, because it’s less expensive than building a fence, doesn’t block the view and you don’t have to paint it, however, have you ever thought about the effects that going with this modern fencing decision might have on your dog?
For instance, there are far more reasons NOT to install an electronic fence than there are good reasons for considering one, plus electronic fencing can lead to several other mistakes when training your canine companion.
When you put up an electronic fence and make your dog wear the collar that prevents them from crossing that invisible boundary without receiving a frightening shock, you are avoiding properly training your dog about what is permitted and what is not, AND you are not going outside with your dog to supervise, which is another lost opportunity to form a loving relationship.
It’s very important to take the time to develop a relationship of trust and respect with your dog, and in most cases, people who install electronic fencing because they are worried that their dog will run away have missed out on the opportunity to develop a trusting and respectful relationship.
Also, the trauma that may follow for any dog whose yard is surrounded by an electronic fence can be quite significant. For instance, a dog contained by an invisible means may develop fear, aggression, or both, directed toward what they may believe is the cause of the shock they are receiving. Remember that the dog cannot reason or understand why they are receiving a painful shock when they attempt to go beyond a barrier they cannot see.
Installing an electronic fence may cause your dog to become aggressive toward people or any other animal they see, such as cats, other dogs, other wildlife, children riding by on bikes or skateboards, the mail carrier, or the next door neighbors.
Further, a dog that receives a fright or who is excited and forgets about the shock they are going to receive, may run through an electronic fence and then be too afraid, nervous or stressed to come back home again because they are worried that coming home means that they must pass through the painful barrier again. In the dog’s mind, this relates to being punished for wanting to be with their family.
Consider that it’s also possible that electronic fencing may encourage a dog to want to escape their yard simply because they associate their yard with pain. If they escape the yard once, there will be a painful reminder of this when they attempt to cross the invisible barrier to return home.
As well, electronic fencing means that other dogs, teasing children or adults can freely enter the yard, and a thief bent on stealing your dog will be able to easily see them and simply walk into the yard to take them and if the dog fights back and injures the thief, you could be sued.
The absolute best way to have a happy relationship with your dog, while keeping them safe in their own yard, is to be out there with them so that they understand that you are in control and will protect them in all circumstances.
“There are NO bad dogs ~ only misunderstood ones.”