Friday, March 25th, 2011
An electric dog fences cannot work properly or humanely without adequately training a dog to use it. Lacking this training, dogs might experience increased discomfort caused by the fence or might escape through the fence’s boundaries. When a dog initially reaches electric fence boundaries, they are administered an electric beat. Especially in the early stages of electric fence training, dogs might become confused and agitated. This will often cause them to run repeatedly into the barrier, a highly avoidable situation.

Most electric dog fences come with advice and directions as to how one can best train a dog to “use” the fence. These instructions are very important to the success of the fence, and can greatly increase the usefulness and positive implementation of the electric dog fence. Even with the wide range of canine temperaments and personalities, these instructions provide a necessary basis for training.

The basis of this training must come from schooling a dog to retreat from, rather than keep moving towards, the electric fence when a shock or similar warning is issued. In the most basic terms, the dog must be taught to change its direction as the fence boundaries are being established. The owner must be especially active in this part of training, as movements forward and backward will influence the dog’s actions.

In residences with physical fences, implementing the electric dog fence can be slightly easier, but training is still required. In residences where the electric fence will be the dog’s only boundary, fence training is especially important. Without a physical fence, many dogs will run through the electric fence, negating its purpose. Owners in this situation can train their dog through the previously mentioned methods, but can also take advantage of their ability to modify the electric shock level according to their own needs.

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