After church yesterday morning Maggie escaped from the van and ran around like a complete psycho. Only two men were standing outside the church and since Mags doesn’t care for men, I figured she would avoid them. But nooo. She went bounding up to them like they were long lost friends and as I was apologizing for her bad behaviour and commenting that she’s usually not friendly, one of the men reached down to pet her and…growl, snap. Yeah, just like that.
Stupid dog. You made me look bad.
My electric fence arrived in the mail on Saturday. I have an existing fence which I have spent a lot of money installing and a lot of money and time repairing. Sienna jumps/climbs it. Halo slithers under and Maggie follows her. I thought a little electric shock therapy would deter them from even approaching the fence. This thing was not cheap.
So I spent part of Sunday laying out the wire. It took about an hour. In the cold. I was so relieved when I plugged it in and the red light indicated I didn’t have any breaks. The manual said to show the dogs where the boundaries are so I spent an hour leading them around the yard and showing them where the beeping started and where it would stop. Halo managed to jump over a wire and she got shocked.
Okay, so time for off lead trials.
I opened the back door and let the dogs out and before I could get to the front door to see if they were staying in the yard, I heard them galloping across the deck. They crossed 3 wires and kept on trucking. The only dog in the yard was Otis, the one without a collar.
So I rounded them up and put them back in the yard. They won’t escape if I’m watching so I stood there and watched them play until they were tired. Then Maggie & Halo went over and laid down by the fence, practically ON TOP of the electric wire. I could hear the collars beeping and I figured the dogs thought I bought them some musical collars, you know, music to run away to.
I called the dogs to me and took off Maggie’s collar to see if it was working. Yep, it was. It wasn’t a horrible sensation, but one I’d like to avoid.
According to the DVD that came with the electric training (emphasis on ‘training’) fence, you are supposed to spend 10 minutes a day, per dog, for 4 weeks before you can hope to see results. You are supposed to train them to stay in the yard. If I wanted to do that, I would have bought a $20 cattle prod and shocked their asses everytime they approached the fence.
I’m of the mind if you put up a fence, the dog stays in. If you put up a fence that shocks, the dog stays in more.
I’m going to replace the batteries and make the collars tighter and if that doesn’t work, I’m buying a cattle prod.