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WE've been waiting for this day for 3 months to install our pup's invisible fence. I live in a relatively quiet subdivision appx 150-200 ft off the highway. I have fenced off 2 acres, 1300ft of wire and most of it is in the back yard. One hitch though... My wife inspected everything for me. Among other ways I could've made the fence better, her main concern is that I installed the fence 2 ft off the road for about 50ft (parallel with the hwy). What has your experience been with your dobe in an inground fence? Should I move the fence back from the road? If so, how far from it should it be from the road?

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Around here there is an easment and anything we can do has to be 20' from the road. I would put it back further from the road for safety at least 15-20'
 

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Please do not use a invisible fence they are dangerous pups/dogs like Doberman s usually have a high prey drive will blow right though a invisible fence if in pursuit of a bunny or squirrel. Also stray dogs can come onto your property entice your pup /dog away,kill it fight with it all kinds of things can happen.Then humans could walk right up and take your pup/dog hope you reconsider before spending monies on a invisible fence may cost a little more for a physical fence which is much safer. Good luck with your pup.
 

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Ditto on an underground fence being inadequate for a working dog like a Doberman.

As well, good points made about other animals still being able to intrude in your yard.

A safe physical fence would be a much better bet, even if you had to install small areas at a time, then expand.


If you're absolutely set on the invisible fence, then yes, move it back at least 15-20 feet from the road, very dangerous as well as possibly illegal to have it only two feet from the roadway.
 

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Also not a fan of the invisible fence. I've known far, far too many dogs that are more than willing to blow through it, even at the highest setting.

Additionally, as someone who walks my dogs in areas where people have invisible fences, there is nothing I hate more than having a dog charge full out at my dogs. I never know if there is an invisible fence, and if so, whether the dog will actually stop. Of course my dogs get quite riled up when a growling/barking dog is charging right at them. If you must use this kind of fence please put it much farther back.
 

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Double Ditto on not using the invisible fence--especially near a highway. OMG not with a Doberman. All it will take will be for him to want to get to you or a cat or another dog. Not sure about the rules/regs in your area but if a regular fence isn't affordable right now, I would keep your pup inside and take him elsewhere to run or buy an above ground electric fence if that's all I could do. I would use the 2" tape you can get from a farm store such as Tractor Supply and run at least four, maybe five, strands using a lot of posts in between. Then I would install regular fencing as soon as possible.

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Aint no underground fence stopping Sam from getting to a squirrel on the other side. He would blast right through it. For everyone's safety, at my house, we have a good old fashion wooden fence :)
 

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I don't think I'd even want a regular fence just 2 ft off the highway, what with the way people are so glued to their distractions wouldn't take much to wipe out all your hard work.
 

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Does your fence have a setting for the distance of where the dog is warned? Our IF wire was approximately 2 to 3 feet from actual macadam road but the warn buzz was 10 to 12 feet. If you train your dog properly, they will jump back when alerted by the buzz that tells them they are too close.
 

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My neighbor has the invisible fence for his three rather low drive dogs. The dogs are out several times per week at least. The leader of the pack is a spayed Brittany who is NOT a high drive or pushy dog. I'd guess my Rex and Tara would blow right through an invisible fence.
 

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I would be scared to death to rely on an invisible fence to contain a dog...I bought one 15 years ago, and it never got out of the box....I was too nervous...It's not just that they can blast out of it...but the fact that ALL other animals can walk thru without a problem.

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I also am AVID about not using an Invisible fence. Not only can your dog get out because these guys will blow right thru it, but anyone's dogs can get in (I saw a horrible fight several years ago with a dog that went in after the dog behind the fence and it was scary)...it is not safe - PERIOD!!! I have several neighbors who have them and their dogs go thru it all the time, when it sees a dog or a squirrel, he goes right thru it like its not even there. My next door neighbor has a beagle and she's always in our front yard - she doesnt care about the "bing" it hits her with for several seconds, shes more interested in getting out and venturing into our yard - cant wait to move.
 
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Down the street are some people with two beagles that used to have an invisible "fence". When I would walk my dogs by they would blast right through it with a scream to come after me and then they couldn't get back in and were effectively locked out of their property until their owners came home. They don't use the invisible fence anymore, I presume because they were tired of constantly coming home to find their dogs locked outside of it.
 

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Like othes, I would never use an invisible fence but I'd also NEVER put my 7 ft fence 2 ft from the highway.

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but if someone isn't paying attention on the highway can the drive right onto your property? The invisible fence won't keep a car out.
 

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My 5ft wooden fence is 200ft back from a small residential road.

With all the crazy people out there texting/talking while driving I would reconsider your fencing options and distance from highway, in the best interest of Enzo :)
 

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Please do not use a invisible fence they are dangerous pups/dogs like Doberman s usually have a high prey drive will blow right though a invisible fence if in pursuit of a bunny or squirrel. Also stray dogs can come onto your property entice your pup /dog away,kill it fight with it all kinds of things can happen.Then humans could walk right up and take your pup/dog hope you reconsider before spending monies on a invisible fence may cost a little more for a physical fence which is much safer. Good luck with your pup.
Absolute hogwash. You ma'am are highly misinformed. If you have specific personal fears (like I don't want to shock my dog), say so. To make absolutely ridiculous claims like you have does a disservice to anyone reading this thread, and aggravates those of us educated enough to know better. Dobermans have a "high prey" drive?...are you stuck in the 70s era mindset?
Any dog that runs through these electronic fences has not been properly trained!!!! You couldn't DRAG my Dobie off the property if you tried. We have to put him in the truck and drive him off! And he chases the deer like crazy....but he stops dead in his tracks about 10' from the line.
So please research before spewing nonsense like it's "dangerous" to dogs like Dobermans. Some dogs need more training than others so if it's been your experience that your dog runs thru it, blame the trainer...not the dog.
 

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Hmm, Sam&Mack'sMom, I think you might be on to something. They've also posted on another thread (breeders section I think) that was quite old.
 

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Absolute hogwash. You ma'am are highly misinformed. If you have specific personal fears (like I don't want to shock my dog), say so. To make absolutely ridiculous claims like you have does a disservice to anyone reading this thread, and aggravates those of us educated enough to know better. Dobermans have a "high prey" drive?...are you stuck in the 70s era mindset?
Any dog that runs through these electronic fences has not been properly trained!!!! You couldn't DRAG my Dobie off the property if you tried. We have to put him in the truck and drive him off! And he chases the deer like crazy....but he stops dead in his tracks about 10' from the line.
So please research before spewing nonsense like it's "dangerous" to dogs like Dobermans. Some dogs need more training than others so if it's been your experience that your dog runs thru it, blame the trainer...not the dog.
Good for you that your dog respects it. Perhaps your dog isn't as drivey as some others. I question your experience with the breed if you think only poorly trained Dobermans will run through an invisible fence.

How many Dobermans have you owned and how many have you trained to respect an invisible fence?
 

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Just for the record--I think PatchesMom's statement is a well-considered and accurate summary of the kinds of difficulties an in-ground fence can offer.

She says:
"Please do not use a invisible fence they are dangerous pups/dogs like Doberman s usually have a high prey drive will blow right though a invisible fence if in pursuit of a bunny or squirrel. Also stray dogs can come onto your property entice your pup /dog away,kill it fight with it all kinds of things can happen.Then humans could walk right up and take your pup/dog hope you reconsider before spending monies on a invisible fence may cost a little more for a physical fence which is much safer. Good luck with your pup."

Even if the statement that a well-trained dog will never run through this kind of fence is accurate, how can you answer to the dangers of other dogs and animals entering your property, and to the possibility of the theft of your dog?
 
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