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<p>Over the coure of the last year my next door neighbors pit bulls have gotten out of their fence several times each month.  They used to do it by small holes at the bottom of the fence.  I had to retrieve them from the Quiktrip a few months ago.  I was very relieved as the store is a quarter mile away with a 5 lane highway in front of it.  Any way the owner  got that fixed.</p>
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<p>Unfortunately one of the dogs is able to jump a 6 ft high wooden fence and does so several times a week, especially if she hears me or one other neighbor outside.  She is very friendly and in general we are able to get her back into her house if the owner isn't there (he has given us the combination to his door lock) and when he is there we have his cell phone number to wake him up to let the dog in.   The really big problem occurs when she jumps the fence and none of us are there.  I've had to leave work more than once when a neighbor has called my cell to tell me the neighbors dog is out.  I then have to get home before anyone calls animal control.</p>
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<p>At any rate he bought a wireless pet fence a couple of days ago and once he has it tested is going to go ahead and bury the cables which will include taking up a 1/4 of my front yard, which I agreed to. That way if the dog jumps the fence theoretically she will not be able to go any further than the buried cables but has a reasonable space to play in until my other neighbor, myself or the owner get there to put her up.</p>
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<p>My only concern is how effective are these cables.  Is there any chance she will be able to jump through them and then not want to go back through him due to the electrical charge emitted to her collar?  How high up would I have to lift her to put her back in the yard and her collar not shock her while I'm putting her back in the yard.</p>
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<p>I think the wireless fence is a good idea.  Does anyone have any experience dealing with wireless fences for dogs?</p>
 

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<p>I know they work for some dogs.</p>
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<p>Dh and I talked about getting one, but my dogs are large, have a high pain tolerance, and are obsessive about me. If they thought they were protecting me the shock wouldn't phase them. We ended up not getting one because we just won't take a chance of them getting out.</p>
 

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<p>... I've had to leave work more than once when a neighbor has called my cell to tell me the neighbors dog is out.  I then have to get home before anyone calls animal control.</p>
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Why don't they call the owners? </p>
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<p>If the owners know the dog can get out, why leave them outside when they aren't home?</p>
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<p>Because all the neighbors know I'm an animal lover and it's easier to get me than the owner.  I'm quite free with giving anyone who needs it my cell phone number when it comes to animals.</p>
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<p>The owner has a pet door that permits the dogs to go freely from the house to the backyard and into the house again.  In the past this has worked well until the one pitt bull learned how to jump the fence.   Why he doesn't just lock the pet door until he or his wife get home, I don't know.  That would make sense to me.</p>
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<p>This particular dog is very, very docile, but high energy.  If the dog was mine it would be confined to the house and only in the yard when I'm able to supervise it.  And the owner has been willing to let the dog go to a good home.  Unfortunately I'm full up with a dog and cat and simply can't take on the added responsibility of another animal full time.  But I am able to help with assisting dogs and cats in my neighborhood when they get themselves into minor problems.  I especially try to keep them away from Dekalb Animal Control because Dekalb puts stray dogs and cats down very quickly, especially pits bulls.</p>
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<p>I'm one of those that tends to get along with animals much better than humans.  Animals don't stab one in the back as often as humans.</p>
 

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<p>Okay, now maybe this is too simple of a solution.  The owner KNOWS that dogs will go over/under/around the fence.  How 'bout he not leave the dogs outside unattended?  If the dogs need pottied during the day, then the owner needs to work that into his schedule or hire a pest sitter to potty the dogs.</p>
 

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<p>That would be my solution.  I don't know why he doesn't do that.  It has been recommended.<br><br>
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<p>That's probably true.  I have a great affinity for animals.  I can't stand to see an animal hurting and/or being abused.  One of our hispanic neighbors smacked a young dog quite hard with a shovel a few weeks ago in broad daylight.  We had another  hispanic neighbor go talk to him that there are very strong animal protection laws in Dekalb County and the next time we saw him strike another animal police would be called.  Him and his wife surrendered the dog to us about a week later and we found a home for it.</p>
 

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<p>Unfortunately it is the animal that may lose out if you have to force your neighbor to take care of their dogs...on your original question, I've seen the the wireless fences work but it was always with a smaller dog....my parents ended up running an electric wire at the bottom and top of their fence to keep the dogs from going over or under the fence because they would get out and chase and kill the chickens.  Is that an option?  Even if they only had it on when they were not home. </p>
 

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<p>My attitude is someone has to take care of the animals.  So there's about six of us who actually watch out for the neighborhood pets.  As well as occasionally have to deal with strays people drop off in the neighborhood.   I am somewhat dubious about the electric shock being able to contain the dog.  Just have to wait and see. </p>
 

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<p>I think someone else needs to have these dogs, your neighbors do not seem capable of providing for them.</p>
 

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<p>I like the old adage, "...it takes a village...".  For the most part the neighbors take decent care of their animals.  The pit bull story is a bit unusual and even there the neighbor's heart is in the right place.  Just needs a little bit of help from time to time.</p>
 

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<p>So much depends on the breed and temperment.  My parents neighbors had a black lab and a golden retriever.  They trained the dogs to stay in the yard and those dogs never, ever stepped one foot out of bounds.  Of course, the neighbors were smart about it, only leaving the dogs out when they were out.</p>
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<p>We were warned to not use an invisible fence with our beagle.  The drive to follow the scent will over-ride any fear of shock from a collar.  </p>
 

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<p>We were warned to not use an invisible fence with our beagle.  The drive to find something dead and stinky to eat and/or happily roll in will over-ride any fear of shock from a collar.  </p>
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<p>GRR, we have an invisible fence (self installed and mostly not buried) and while it worked fine for a long time, we have had problems with it. The control box fried every time there was a thunder storm and the wire broke a few times. There may be less of an issue when you bury the wire with that too.</p>
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<p>Also, our larger dog (100 plus lb lean lab) had to have a 'stubborn dog' collar before it worked. with the regular collar (works fine on our smaller more submissive 75 lb lab) he would still get through without even noticing.</p>
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<p>Right now our dog is older and not prone to roaming anymore, so we haven't fix the fence in a while. Pits are very determined and have notoriously high pain tolerance, so I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't work all that well. Plus, you need to train them.</p>
 

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<p>I do not have one, but my friend installed one.</p>
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<p>He had two dogs, one a bluetick coonhound and the a little (high energy) terrier.</p>
<p>Once was enough for the hound dog, but it took the terrier a couple of shocks to get the idea.</p>
<p>No problems since installing.</p>
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<p>There is an invisible fence on one of my running routes. There is a regular fence around the property, except for the driveway.</p>
<p>The driveway has an unburied cable laid across the asphalt. Whenever the dogs are outside, and I run by, they come tearing up to the opening, but stop short of the cable. They bark and spin around, but will not cross that line.</p>
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<p>I like lkschillers idea of having the fence INSIDE the owner's yard.</p>
<p>one about a foot from the fence, and one at the top of the fence.</p>
<p>That way, the dogs don't even approach the fence, but if they do, they get a shock.</p>
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<p>And, I've heard that the fences are work sometimes, sometimes not...as already indicated here.</p>
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<p>Also, think about this....</p>
<p>While the fence will keep the dogs IN, they won't keep other dogs OUT of the yard.  So, if there are aggressive dogs that bother the ones in the yard, the ones in the yard can't really get away without getting shocked.</p>
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<p>But, I think they would be great for a backup form of control.</p>
 

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<p>I prefer my pets without wires.</p>
 
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