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Electric Fences - PRO or Con

Electric fencing - is it beneficial or an accident waiting to happen?

In today's world of shortcuts and easy fixes, and with advertising the way it is - it would seem like the electric fence is the answer to many problems. The manufacturers and retailers brag:

1. it allows your dog untold freedom because it is the ultimate containment system
2. since it is self-managing it allows the owner more free time without having to put the time in to exercise their dogs
3. it is economical and foolproof
4. it is a turnkey setup that anyone can do
and so-on and so-on ad-infinitum


I am not going to address the above points because, in my opinion, the electric fencing containment systems should be outlawed. I will present my views as to why and you can make your own decision.

1. The collar that your dog will be wearing can be setoff by a garage door opener, an airplane, the electronics in a passing car, or like all devices can malfunction. When any of these items mentioned above happen your dog is electrically shocked and there is no escape.

2. A dog without a collar can come on your property and maul and kill your dog.

3. If a dog wants to run through the "containment system" he will and even if this only happens once his reward could be getting killed by a passing car.

4. It is abuse. Why? Because the dog cannot relate to electricity and becomes afraid of the ground because he does not know where the shock is coming from. I thought training involved love and patience not zapping your dog so he can learn.

5. Using this type of system does nothing for your relationship and bonding with your dog. If you cannot spend the time to train and exercise your animal then you should consider getting a pet rock.

The above items are only the tip of the iceberg as to why a containment system should not be used. I will not go into it any further because if the above reasons are not valid enough to dissuade someone then more rhetoric will not change their minds.

Written by Neal Seaman

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