Post # 1
We are moving next week to a house that has 2 acres, I know our pooch will love it! The only problem is he’s runner, he’s a husky, it’s in his DNA. The yard has a wooded part that leads down to water so a fence isn’t an option, plus it would cost a lot to fence it and we’re renting it. Fiance thinks that because he’s a ‘needy’ dog (he loves his pack and hates to be without us) he thinks Remus could run around as long as were in the yard with him. I think that is false. I think because it has woods and water he’s going to bolt every chance he gets. We have him attached to a wire lead because we don’t have a fence at this house either but it’s not really a good option. He paces and kills the grass and gets upset that he can’t be near us. We were thinking about an electric collar but my brother’s gf said she had a willful dog that would break through it with no problems. Remus s the definition of willful. Any suggestions? Any experiences with electric fences with a runner?
Post # 3
I’m trying to figure out the same thing. Our house has 2 acres, about 1 acre grass, and the rest woods behind it. So far, we just let him out and he normally doesnt venture far. Now, he’s started to get more curious and runs to the front and into the street. Luckily its a very quiet street. The next thing we’re tyring is putting the shock collar back on him and zapping him when he goes where he shouldnt… same idea as an electric fence, cept it would cost too much to close in that amount of land.
Post # 4
Is your dog an outside dog? Or is this just a part-time outside thing?
Post # 5
@pinkshoes: I han’t thought of that, that might work. Thanks!
@o0olibelulao0o: He’s an inside dog, just outside to potty and play.
Post # 6
@ShutterbugCait & @pinkshoes: Underground fence. My parents have it for their dogs and they have acreage as well (close to 3 acres). -With that being said, they only have maybe 1/2 of the yard fenced in which is most of the front yard and about 20-50 feet out the back of the house.- SportDog is the brand they purchased and their dogs don’t leave the yard. -Infact, they often get compliments on the dogs behavior from the neighbors and often get asked how they get the dogs to stay in the yard.- The dogs don’t really even need their collars anymore but my Mom insists that they do. It took about a week, maybe two to train the girls. They know where they can and cannot go whether they’re wearing the collar or not. I think they paid maybe $350 for it. If we had that kind of money we’d buy one in heart beat for our Pit. He loves to say Hi to people and often gets distracted and the little one (shih-tzu) loves to wander sometimes. It’s a great investment. The only thing that would suck is if you move you’d either have to pull it up or leave it behind. Either way, I’ve seen the results which is why I’m suggesting it to you.
Post # 7
@ShutterbugCait: Then I would say to get a portable type dog run, it’s a bit of an investment, but it isn’t permanent and would give your dog an area to run in…. Something like this: (they have all different sizes and price points) I just googled “temporary dog run”
ETA: They have other types of electric fences, they have ones that have a central point that have a certain size radius that the dog can go to (you can mark this off with little flags or something to help your dog learn) and if they go past that distance they get a beep, then a shock if they continue. Like this:
Post # 8
Maybe that invisable fence thing, I don’t use it, so I don’t know how well it works, sorry!
Post # 9
My border collie is a runner, as in take off at top speed and come back 6 hours later after exausting every corner of the neighborhood. She’s also a little Houdini. We have a traditional fence, but she keeps finding ways out…usually digging under…so we also have an “invisible fence.” I hated the idea at first…but I tested the collar myself before putting it on our pets….and truly, they only have to cross the perimeter once to not make that mistake again. I know she’s safe with the invisible fence and not at risk of getting hit by a car or attacked by some other dog…or whatever else is out there.
It’s a bit of work digging the perimeter and you have to make sure their collars remain charged, or I do…because she definitely gets “ideas” once in a while….It’s been worth the investment for us.
Post # 10
You can always do the invisible fence thing. There is a family on my block that does this with their golden retriever and it works great for them.
Post # 11
You can get a tie-out lead (I think that’s what they’re called). Two posts set maybe 15′ apart with a cable running between them. Attach your dog by a long leash or chain (like 15-20 feet long or even more). Gives them a pretty good sized area to goof around in. You only need to dig two post holes to install it.
If you go with an invisible fence, ask your vet first. There are some brands that give the dog a pretty painful shock, and that is not cool.
Post # 12
@ShutterbugCait: I don’t know too much about them (or if it’d be an option), but would an “underground fence” work? We have friends with a large property and they had issues with their Dalmatian running away, so they installed an underground fence and now she never crosses the boundaries – maybe that’s an option to consider? Wishing you luck!