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Wolfdog FAQ - Question # 27
Does invisible fencing work for wolfdogs?
A) get a good running start and get shocked for as short a time as possible as they run through it, or if they are smart AND stubborn:
B) sit really close to the fence, where the warning beep goes off but they don't get shocked, until the beeping wears the battery in their shock collar off and then they can mosey on over the line anytime they want.
But my real concern with an invisible fence is not whether my dog will get out, but what dog (or malicious child, or adult for that matter) can get IN?? There's nothing to stop them, since the only control is the shock collar.
Of course, if you are considering this in ADDITION to a physical fence, just to keep them from digging under or going over, I think it's an excellent idea...assuming you can keep a collar on your WD? I know a few who excel at removing and destroying ANY collar, and those shock collars are EXPENSIVE! Also, I would expect most WDs to be very sensitive to a shock; maybe too sensitive?
When building our new fence we also asked about the invisible fencing. The consensus without a doubt was "didn't work for wolfdog's" & other determined canines!!!
Well.... I've heard good things about it from some people, but I have only three personal experiences with it, both of which included the dogs who were "invisibly fenced" working themselves into enough of a frenzy to bolt anyway, and one of which included a wandering dog who came into the "fenced" property. Of course, this was *all* the fencing these people had... perhaps as an extra form of containment with more traditional methods it might be good....
I would never trust invisible fencing with wolfdogs, it's an accident waiting to happen.
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