I've always had good results from my little Fido-shock unit. Got it in 1991 and have used it on different dogs over the years in different situations. It's a one yelp wonder in my experience. Except for Zig, but then that actually was someone else's, not mine.
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I used our long extension ladders with supports holding them against the fence after nothing else worked about a year ago. So far, so good. Looks bad but no one but me is ever in the yard anyway so it doesn't matter. The little garden wire fencing did not phase my dogs, they just bent it, dug it up and moved it out of the way.
Having rescue dogs it is impossible to have the time to train them all until you can find homes for them. The chicken wire works every time and as said once the habit is broken you can remove the wire.
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I whole heartedly agree with boundary training your dogs. However that may or may not cure the digging. One thing that I've found effective is to:
1. Boundary train the dogs.
2. Let them know that digging is an undesireable action.
I do this by first taking them to the hole and telling them NO a few times. Then I fill the hole and stamp on it and tell them NO again. This has taken only one or times for it to sink in and they don't dig any more.
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Buy the horse fencer. The ones advertised for dogs do not work. Both pulse so no animal is ever harmed but the joles for the dog ones simply do not get the point across.
WOW - I'm the lady who advocates for electronic collars, but I would NOT use a horse fencer for a dog!!!!!!!! Having touched my own horse fencer way too many times in various places - I can't begin to describe the body-slamming hit of 15,000 volts of electricity. Yeah - it's memorable, all right!! I would never do that to my dogs!
The first winter after Ike came into our lives, I put up 2 strands of electric fence across the front of our yard, (facing the lake) to keep him off the ice. I just used a cheap dog fencer from Farm and Fleet - and it worked great. Even though he was capable of jumping it - he didn't ever try. Wish I would have thought to reinstall it many years later when my daughter's big dog went through the ice about 150' from shore and I had to rescue him (and *I* went through the ice, too - brrrrr!!!)
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Lots of good ideas; I really have nothing to add just that I guess I'm lucky because my dogs have never tried it. Come to think of it I can't hardly get them to get off the couch much less try to leave the yard.
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