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Hi there I have a 14 month old yellow labrador. He recently

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Hi there I have a 14 month old yellow labrador. He recently started jumping to fence to play with the dog next door. I decided to install a visible electric pet fence both at the bottom (prevent digging) and at the top for jumping. He however now is so afraid of being alone out in the yard. The fence has been up for 2 days only. Was it the right thing to do.

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I feel it was a good choice. However, now that he knows he will be shocked if he touches the hot wire, you need to show him that he can get close to it without getting shocked and that he just can't touch it. I do hope you got the one designed for pets and not for large animals. They are different. The one for pets alternates on and off while the large animal fence has current all the time and shouldn't be used for pets.
It will take some time for him to realize where he can go and where he can't and you can help by walking him around the edge of the area so he sees that he isn't shocked just because he is close. I don't even have to have mine plugged in and all but one of my dogs will still stay in. Only one will smell that it is off and go through.
I'd use tasty treats inside the area he is allowed to be in to help convince him it is still ok to be outside. Plant them all over the yard before you let him out. You need to keep toys to ones that won't roll under the wire and be sure any metal dishes are not close to the electric fence.
An alternative way to keep him from jumping is to add a section of fencing ( a foot or so) and angle it inward. This adds about 9 inches to the height and usually stops them jumping over and climbing over.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Jane, thank you for putting me at ease. Yes it is the alternating current pet unit that was installed. I will take Sami along the perimeter and teach him its still safe to be outside with some rewards. I'm sure that he will soon be his old self again.







You are very welcome. I should also tell you that my 6 year old girl constantly grabs the wire just to feel the shock, so it is not that intense. It is the unexpectedness of the shock that keeps the dog away.