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Enthusiastic Gardner

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Post Electronic Dog Fences
Our two dogs have taken to roaming and, quite understandably, are running the risk of being shot by neighbouring farmers and graziers if they think their stock are being interfered with.

I don't want to have to cage or chain them so am looking at the electronic fence option whereby they get an electric zap from their collar if the get too close to a single buried perimeter wire. We are thinking of fencing off about 5 acres around the house in this way for them to be "contained" within.

Has anyone had any experience with these systems? And traps for new players or advice to offer etc?

Thanks in advance - Robbo


Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:58 am
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We looked into them & thought they would be the go but that was kind of the end of it we never got around to getting one.

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My Aunt has used one for her cattle dogs for years. She has fenced about 2 acres with it and the dogs wear the collar all day.

The collar gives a beep when they are getting close and then a zap. They usually only need one or two zaps and they know not to go any futher after the beep.

In the mornings or afternoons she takes them close to one of the fences and takes the collar off so they can go for a run in the paddocks with her. They sit just before it and wait for the collar to come off just like a dog sitting at the back door waiting for a walk.

They are great and have saved her alot of heart ache by dogs running off etc.

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Does anyone have any idea of how much the wire costs to do such a large area?

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The reason we never did it was because the ones we found we designed for normal small backyards so we would have had to buy heaps of extra wire etc and it worked out very expensive.


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I dont think they work on a 2 acre property.

The dogs next door used to still get out and wander around. They tried everything.

The collars are an expensive component and eveidently the dogs kept losing them.

We were going to get them as we were going to get a big dog - luckily we got our St Bernard and she just doesnt WANT to go anywhere.

Lovely dog not very active happy for a bit of a stroll acrosst the paddock with my husband and then happy to curl up on the lounge. :clap


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I have a niggling suspicion that the use of these fences to contain dogs is seriously frowned upon by the RSPCA in NSW (it is different from state to state), and has led to them seizing dogs or charging owners or something? I'd have to do some investigating as to where I heard that though.

When do the dogs get out, is it when you're not home, or at night, or just any time they get the opportunity? If it's only when you're not around/at night, you could also consider building kennels and runs. I know you said you don't want to cage them, and you may have meant kennels/runs by this, but most dogs don't exercise themselves when they're alone anyway and wouldn't miss having a huge area to play in during these times. I don't mean little runs, like you might see at a pound. Ours (which is only used when the dogs need to be locked away) encompasses two small trees, a kennel, wading pool and heaps of space to run around safely, partially covered by a big shade sail.

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For those in NSW these are the rules as stated by the RSPCA
"Section 16 of the Act, Section 13 and Schedule 1 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (General) Regulation 1996 and Schedule 1 make the use of electric dog collars illegal. One exception to this rule is electric collars associated with canine invisible boundaries. These are not illegal provided the canine invisible boundary is used to confine dogs, but only used inside a fence through which dogs cannot pass and that is not less than 1.5 metres high."

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Cai wrote:
For those in NSW these are the rules as stated by the RSPCA
"Section 16 of the Act, Section 13 and Schedule 1 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (General) Regulation 1996 and Schedule 1 make the use of electric dog collars illegal. One exception to this rule is electric collars associated with canine invisible boundaries. These are not illegal provided the canine invisible boundary is used to confine dogs, but only used inside a fence through which dogs cannot pass and that is not less than 1.5 metres high."


Awesome, thank you for that!

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No worries, so basically anyone wanting to contain their dogs using these must have a yard fence that is 1.5m high and that is pretty much dog proof anyway.

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