Dagnabbit, I had four more posts for yesterday and just ended up working on "stuff" all afternoon. I'm amazed at the amount of stuff I have to take care of. I feel like the Earl of Downton if he had no staff.
Anyway, for Open Mike this week—a day late again—a personal question from a dog lover: anybody out there use any kind of electric fence?
Dear Butters has taken to charging to the road when he sees someone (dog or human) he wants to meet. This is new. He bolts at full speed and ignores my recall command. I know him—he thinks he's being mischievous and high-spirited, just off to be sociable—but his new habit will never do. It's bad in all kinds of ways. I have an electric fence guy coming on Thursday and just wondered if anyone has had any experiences with one, good, bad or indifferent.
My family had an ancient precursor of today's electric fences way back in the 1970s. The box on the dog's collar was half as big as a brick and about as heavy. The first dog, a male, would gather up his courage and leap through the fence, putting up with the shock for the sake of freedom. The second dog, a female, would skedaddle to her doghouse in the garage whenever we put the collar on her and refuse to come out. Not a successful experiment. But I assume the technology has improved.
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Chris: "Why not have a plain old fence? Never heard of electric fences for dogs; here, electric fences tend to be one-line jobs intended to keep cows or horses in a field!"
Mike replies: I think you're thinking of an electrified fence. What I mean is a pet fence—of which there are two types. One is a physical wire buried in the ground which sends a signal to the dog's collar, first to sound a warning noise as the dog gets close, then to administer correction (a shock). The other kind uses the same effect, but happens when the dog gets too far away from a central transmitter. The latter kind creates a circle. Since I have a very odd-shaped property with only one problem area—the road in front, accessible only through the gaps in the buildings—a buried wire makes more sense. I'll know more on Thursday when the estimator comes.
Merle: "About a decade or so ago, we visited a friend who had installed one. Couldn't keep enough batteries. His larger, older dog would sidle up close enough to the fence that it would give him a good buzz and just lay down until the batteries were exhausted. Then he could go do whatever he pleased. Even the owner thought it was funny."