FENCE FACTS: DOG TRAINING AND DOG NUMBERS
Introduction to Dog Fence Facts
Barrier Versus Shock Collar Fences
Dog Size and Jumping
Digging and Chewing
Dog Temperament and Motivation
Number of Dogs and Changing Dog Residents
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Contrary to E.B. White's hilarious essay "Dog Training," many dogs can be trained to do just about anything. But training is a skill requiring knowledge, patience, and determination. So if you are inclined to train your dog not to challenge a fence, if you know how to do it, and if you are willing to devote the necessary time, then there is a reasonable chance that you will be successful with a shock collar fence--or at any rate will reduce the intensity of your dog's urge to escape.
But most people aren't seasoned trainers. Most people want a fence (unlike a shock collar fence) that will reliably contain their dog without a lot of special training. Indeed, for most people and most dogs this training requirement is a recipe for failure, one that will leave the dog owner feeling guilty because he or she has somehow failed to administer the full amount of training the fence demands. A much sounder approach is to keep training in reserve. Plan for a barrier fence, if need be one with special features that will counter any pronounced inclinations of your dog to dig, chew, or climb. And use training as a backup -- so that if the fence unexpectedly runs into trouble you can apply both training and physical reinforcement of the fence.
Number of Dogs and Changing Dog PopulationsWhat if you have more than one dog? Then you clearly need to plan your fence for anything that any of those dogs will do to challenge it. In its most extreme form this is the problem faced by dog shelters and kennels, where outdoor areas must contain a lot of dogs and what's more a continually changing population. The commonest answer for such institutions is to inatall chain link fencing. But in fact they could usually get results that are less expensive, better looking, and just as reliable with a tall metal hexagrid or welded wire fence.