Dog Fence Review.Â How do you choose the dog fence that is right for you?
I am biased; but, I believe in most cases (not all) that the best dog fence is from Contain-A-Pet.Â This is going to be a series of dog fence review articles that may help you to decide if a electric dog fence is right for you.
Should I buy a dog fence via a retail store, catalog or the internet?
As a master dog trainer and a electric dog fence owner, I would emphatically say No to purchasing via this route!
First and foremost, it is very easy to psychologically damage your dog if the proper dog training and dog conditioning is not done.
Most peopleÂ just put the electronic dog fence collar on their dog, spend one to two days training and shock the heck out of their dog.Â Some dogs (depending on the dog personality or dog temperament) do learn this way; but you terrify them doing it.Â You can scar a dog doing this especially if this occurs during one of the two fear imprint stages a dog progresses through during their early years.
The correction is not the reason most dogs stay in their yards! Proper training and conditioning is the reason dogs stay in their yard.Â I often hear people tell me about the dogs they see running down the street that are on these store bought dog fence systems.Â Training, conditioning and system reliability may very well be the reason this occurring.
Other dogs (the more dominant or stubborn) tend to think this sensation they are receiving around their neck (correction) is just a part of life.Â They learn to ignore it.Â If they see something outside the dog fence they want, they go.
The only way I would buy one of these electric dog fence systems (via the method mentioned above) is if I knew a professional dog trainer that could help me.
This is true with a full service dog fence company as well.Â I would just not assume that the person working with my dog is qualified to train.Â I would make sure!Â And, in most cases I would make sure my trainer is a real dog trainer capable of reading my dog’s personality and temperament.
As a caring dog owner, this would be one of the primary criteria I look at when performing a dog fence review.Â Would you like to read more on choosing the right dog fence for you?Â Feel free to click Dog Fence Review for a series of articles on this subject.
Feb 01, 2009 | | Dog Fence Review, General Pet Info
Dog cloning is in the national news again. Lancelot, a yellow labrador retriever puppy has been delivered to a couple in Boca Raton this week.
Lancelot is not the first dog cloned (first in the United States for commercial purposes), but he is the most expensive. $155,000 was the price the couple paid to have their former dog cloned. A California biotech company called BioArts teamed with a South Korean company, Sooam Biotech Research, to clone the dog.
The 10-week-old golden Labrador retriever is a clone, created in South Korea by a California biotech firm from the DNA of the first Sir Lancelot, the beloved pet of Ed and Nina Otto of Boca Raton.
The leading scientist was Dr. Hwang Woo-suk who lost his research professorship at Seoul National University in 2004 after fraudulently claiming he had cloned human embryos and stem cells.
The original ”Lancelot” died last year. Five years ago the owners, Ed and Nina Otto, had cryogenically banked DNA samples hoping that some day they would be able to clone Lancelot. They did. His name is Lancelot Encore. You can see the video below.
As a master trainer, I believe it is going to be hard to decide if Lancelot Encore is mentally and physically the same as the first Lancelot. After all, Lancelot Encore is going to be psychological shaped by a totally different world and set of scenarios than the first one.
I don’t think I would ever want my dog cloned. At any rate, my two best friends, Baron and Otwin will be buried with me one day. That is the highest form of love I can show them after they are gone.
At any rate, dog cloning is coming. What will you do?
Jan 31, 2009 | | Dog News, General Pet Info
Does the Electric Dog Fence work in the snow? The answer is yes … and no. Read on to find out more:
The electric dog fence does actually work in the snow as long as power is to the unit. There are a couple of things that dog and cat owners need to be aware of. They are listed below:
What is the signal field of the electric dog fence transmitter set to? If the signal field is set at 3-4 feet and you have snow drifts of a couple of feet of snow or more, the field range is less than half of the distance it normally is. This can cause a dog to run through a field if he tests the system on a regular basis.
This is why Contain-A-Pet (www.containapet.com) believes that in most instances a dog should be trained not to test the dog fence on a regular basis. If he tests the system and it does not beep or correct him, he very well may be run out of his yard.
Will a dog run through the electric dog fence when snow is on the ground? It is possible. As a dog trainer, I tell my clients that dogs learn in environments and scenarios. When an environment changes, a dog reverts back to his base nature or instinct. Thus running through the dog fence is possible.
In addition, dogs learn their boundaries by sense of smell. The initial electric dog fence training helps them to lay their scent track, thus establishing a boundary. Adding inches of snow over the boundary can result in their scent being lost or covered up.
The best thing we can do is to take the time to show our dog his dog fence boundaries with snow on the ground a few times. That should be adequate with most dogs.
This is just another reason why we feel having certified dog training professionals selling, servicing and training dogs on the electric dog fence is so important. Contain-A-Pet is the only electric fence company in the world that makes its new dealers become a certified dog trainer.
If you have another question regarding snow and the electric dog fence, just make a comment.Â We will be happy to try to answer it.
Jan 23, 2009 | | Dog and Cat Fencing, General Pet Info