The Day has arrived.Today was day 1 of training the dogs to collars which warn them when they are nearing an electric fence. ( Works roughly on the same principle an electric fence which has a battery attached except the thing is activated by a signal from the collar wirelessly.) Day 1 basically was training for me.
I am going to diary what happens so that if anyone else wants to try this they can refer to this to see if it might suit their needs.
Please feel free to interject with your comments or questions and we will see what transpires as we go along.
Day Whatever. Dear All
Have been doing the training almost continually for about 2 weeks now. Well today we let Dizzy Lizzy off and kept Jane on the long lead. It was really strange. Lizzy went back to the car to go back home and when I called her she went up to the table on the veranda and laid underneath. All this time Jane is on the long lead on the lawn looking towards Montcuq like she was on another planet. I cajoled Lizzy to join us which she did and gradually she started to WALK TO HEEL. She even waited when I told her to. She is becoming a real little star.
So Stage 1 now complete. Going to keep Lizzy on the long lead and let Jane off tomorrow. ( this, she says with her fingers crossed behind her back ! - is hopefully have quite a profound effect and they are starting to behave like domesticated dogs.) Lizzy and Jane 99% of the time, come to me the instant I call them. The Pavlovian thingy I think has been a big contribution. Oh and Sandy’s treats have to say they go down bigtime with the girls. So get in touch with Sandy if you want to try them.
Will have a bash with the camera and a little vid tomorrow so you can see Jane disappearing into the distance. Just joking - don’t think she would dare now.!! G.
As you can see Jim spoils Jane rotten…
Oh Suzie Thanks for that comment. I have been working very hard at making being with me more fun than running off and I am hoping that at least in the garden and at my friends I can relax and enjoy them and not worry about them getting on the roads around here which are now busy with farm equipment and some of it BIG !!
Thanks again, going to do the bit with the collars on at the end of this week. Dizzy Lizzy who is as sharp as a knife already backs off when she hears the noise from the collar in my hand but Dopey Jane just keeps looking at Lizzy and wondering what’s going on, but I shall persist until I succeed. Gently Bentley will be my motto. Gina X
I used to have a chocolate labrador(he died last year at the grand old of 15)He was a great dog but in his younger days he was terrible for running out of the garden.My garden is fenced all the way round but the minute my back was turned he was off.I tried all sorts of things to try and keep him in but he always found a way out.He drove me nuts and then one day I discovered this ring fence.Magic.It worked wonders.From that day, he never ran off again.In fact he always stayed a “healthy” 2 metres from the fence.It made things so much easier and safer!!
Hi Quick update. We have had to make some changes to the fence for the girls as my little darlings their collars don’t set the fence off as it is too high in some places. So a few adjustments. Friday was IKEA day - exhausting - but fruitful. Saturday full of good intentions right royal clear out at home them went to finish fence to start tomorrow and got involved in that time honoured French habit of eating and drinking and looking at the view. Sunday morning doing stuff at the market to do with Artwork shall make a REAL effort to get the ball rolling tomorrow afternoon.
I have some very special friends who already have an electric, wirelessly controlled, ring fence installed around their property and they have very kindly allowed me to use it as well when I am at their house. Our dogs all get on really well, but they like me have a rescue dog ex chasse that is a runner and use this system very successfully to make sure that running away ad lib has become a thing of the past. SO I purchased 2 collars for Jane and Lizzy as I could not handle the little darlings running onto our road which has nothing at all on then the gigantic contraption which harvests the sunflowers. ( Buddy and Hamish were well behaved English dogs and would never have dreamt of going out of the garden!)
SO. Got the dogs used to the collars over the last couple of days and today went up to my friend’s to see what the deal was with the signalling etc. We took one collar in hand and walked up to the fence ( which had been turned down really low for my little titches,) and NOTHING ! After about 15 mins fiddling with the battery and with the collar decided to try the other collar. This one worked yippee. We had not seen the little notation on the side of the collar which showed the locked and unlocked positions. Once they were both in the locked position they both worked. Time for an cup of tea.
Then we walked the whole perimeter still with collars in hand and dogs on leads and when the collars give the warning beep signals - told the dogs a sharp NO and walked them some yards back from the fence and made a big fuss. ( oh by the way the fence is highlighted with little flags as well so the dogs have this to look at as well ). Much relief this all went well today, as Jane is a sensitive soul and has just got her confidence but at the end of this exercise she seemed pretty well unphased so successful I think.
Here are a couple of pictures of the little darlings, with their collars on. (Lizzy was not all that impressed Jane saw it as some sort of medal.) And the last picture is Jane after a good walk in the woods after the experience. She is quite laid back now isn’t she ?