We have adopted a 6 year old rescue dog, a Labradoodle from a kill shelter in Tennessee. I am concerned that, unlike other dogs we have had, the invisible fence will never work for him. He has escaped four times. After the first two escapes, we replaced the collar and transmitter with a stronger system for stubborn dogs. We have done the training for nearly 2 weeks and he has experienced the strong zap while leashed. It has been tough to do the training because he is so reluctant to go near the perimeter of the yard. Doodles are pretty smart and usually learn quickly; we also have a a 10 year old doodle --Old Dog.
However, when in my presence and not leashed, New Dog has twice run through the fence with the highest zap setting on. Each time, DH has felt that the collar may not have been tight enough. This dog has a shaven, skinny neck; he is very tall--28 inches at shoulder. I think the collar has been tight enough and suspect that he just runs through the zap when he sees something of extreme interest, such as another dog. Today he was tethered to an Adirondack chair while I worked in the garden, a few feet away. A man and dog walked by and New Dog flew out like lightning, tipping over the chair, dragging his tether, wearing his zap collar.
We expected to do a fair amount of training with a New Dog, but I am also thinking that we may just need a physical fence. Four escapes were four messages to New Dog that he can get out if he chooses. DH wants to keep training to the invisible fence so New Dog can ultimately have a larger space to roam with Old Dog, who doesn't need the zap collar to stay in the yard.
Is the invisible fence training worth pursuing?
Please do not flame with opinions that disagree with the concept of invisible fences. A zap is better than being hit by a car and allows compliant dogs to live safely.