2022 - Volume #46, Issue #6, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Dog Fence Covers Up To 100 Acres
Josh Miller, a professional dog trainer, field specialist, and consultant for the Tennessee-based company, installed the system in his yard, cutting a shallow slit with a manual lawn edger to bury the line. For larger perimeters, powered lawn edgers can be rented. Or the line can be zip-tied to a perimeter fence on a ground wire, as one pastured poultry producer did with her 30 acres.
Flags around the perimeter give dogs a visual clue when training. The dog wears a waterproof collar that goes with the system.
“To be successful, you have to be consistent for 10 to 14 days. SportDOG comes with an actual training program that walks you through the method,” Miller says, noting the time spent training is well worth it to ensure the safety of the dog trained not to go outside the perimeter.
There are seven levels of static stimulation, and some dogs need to have a little hair shaved initially. Tone and vibration can also be set to warn the dog as it approaches the boundary. When trained well, that can be all that it takes to keep the dog safely confined.
The basic $320 system comes with 1,000 ft. of wire for about 1.3 acres. Wire for larger acreages and additional collars for multiple dogs can also be purchased.
SportDOG also sells a $470 Contain + Train™ System with a remote for additional training within and outside the perimeter.
The collars have rechargeable batteries that last up to 2 mos. and a low battery indicator.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Radio Systems Corporation, 10427 Petsafe Way, Knoxville, Tenn. 37932 (ph 800-732-0144; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.sportdog.com).
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