Well, the best age to train dogs for electric fences is generally after six months of their age. This is when they are gradually coming out of the puppy phase and getting more comfortable with their surroundings. So, when introduced properly, they don’t get spooked badly.
And while 6 months of age is generally the best age to introduce electric fences to little canines, some dogs may require a tad longer time to adjust with the new thing.
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Why is it essential to wait for the right age for electric fence training?
BECAUSE THEY ARE SMALL AND GROWING!!!
An electric fence, no matter if it’s above the ground or invisible (in-ground wires) works by sending a mild electric stimulation to the dog. This stimulation instantly shocks the dog, making them understand the limits of their safe-play area. And while these electric stimulations are carefully designed to suit your dog’s body, they can be severely deteriorating on a puppy below 6 months.
Young dogs (mostly aged below 6 months) are relatively unbeknownst to their surroundings. Thus, when suddenly shocked with an electrical stimulation, it might traumatize them causing them severe mental and physical damage. The pooch might get extremely spooked, have rashes on its body, or fall unconscious due to the sudden impulse.
This is why, many dog experts advise refraining from the use of electric fences until the puppy reaches a specific age, that is 6 months.
My dog is over 6 months old but reacts very weirdly to the electric fence. What should I do?
Seek a professional’s advice. Every pup is different, just like us. Hence, while some pups may mature faster, others might accept their surroundings a little slowly. This is absolutely normal, and in no way does it mean that your dog is sick, abnormal or anything weird.
When consulted with a professional, they will help the canine to better cope with the electric sensation without risking the little one’s life. This is way better than shouting or hitting your dog and also considerably best suitable for both your canine and you.
How do I introduce an electric fence to my dog?
Before starting with the training, make sure you have the pup safely adjusted to its immediate surroundings. Next:
- Let the pup have a thorough sniff of the e-collar. Reward them upon approaching the collar, so as to induce good memories with the action.
- Make sure the e-collar is fitted well and the dog is on a leash.
- Take them slowly to the fenced area and gradually move towards the border. When at the right distance, the electric fence will send a signal to the e-collar setting off the electric stimulation.
- The sudden electric impulse will scare off your dog. Hold them tightly on a leash to prevent them from scurrying away.
- Afterwards, move away from the border area. Give the dog a treat and praise them while walking them on the safer side.
- Repeat the above-mentioned steps on a regular basis, ensuring to take ample breaks in the middle and praising the canine for its courage.
This is a gradual and time-consuming process. So, if you want to know more about it, you will like:
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