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    Max broke for the door everytime it opened. We have neighbors who walk their dogs and if Max was out he was as good as gone. We constantly took him out to potty on a leash and poor guy really couldn't be trusted to run and play even. He would wonder off if he saw, a person, bird, bunny anything. He wasn't trying to run away but curiosity always prevailed! We didn't want to fence our front yard and the fence in our back yard was more like a 4 rail fence that wouldn't contain him. So....we installed an underground invisible fence AND IT IS WONDERFUL!!!! Now when my kids leave the front door open or when a visitor arrives Max can run out to greet them and we don't worry. He play all over the yard, he goes potty without being on a leash and he gets so much more exercise. He seemed to learn the boundary for the fence within a couple of days and has only tested it once after training. My neighbor and her dog walked by and off he went. He got stung and did an about face, ran to porch and sat down. Now he doesn't even attempt to venture beyond where he hears the warning tone. We diligently watch him becuase I don't believe anything is full proof but we live on a relatively quiet street. Life is good!

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    Those undergroud fences are supposed to be really good Max's Mom. One of my hubby's mates has one for his 4 retrievers and they never wander.

    My darling angel leaves home even if there is a crack in the door :~( He used to really scare me but now he just wanders down the close to see his little friend and sits in her front garden in case she comes out to play LOL

    When we had Holly I let her out the (enclosed) garden for a wee and then after about 10 minutes called her in again - no Holly! I called and called as we have a large garden with lots of places for them to hide and she was still exploring.

    Next thing, my son comes in and says Muuuuuuuuuuum I just found HollyHorrorbag on the front step! We still don't know how she escaped but hubby spent a day putting chicken wire round every bit of fence and both gates in the garden. Apparently she'd gone through the fence at the back ( we couldn't find any holes and it's 4ft high) into the garden at the back of us and then out under their gate and back to our house .

    Maxx's lead broke once though when hubby was walking him through the park - he took off ran straight in front of a lorry that skidded and just missed him and then up onto a low wall. Hubby caught him just as he was going over the wall - it was a 10ft drop into someones garden the other side. I think it took hubby a week to recover from the shock, I'm just glad I wasn't there to see it.

    Btw Quinlan's mom, Maxx chases bikes and cars too - must be a trait they have icon_yikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxxs_Mummy
    Maxx's lead broke once though when hubby was walking him through the park - he took off ran straight in front of a lorry that skidded and just missed him and then up onto a low wall. Hubby caught him just as he was going over the wall - it was a 10ft drop into someones garden the other side. I think it took hubby a week to recover from the shock, I'm just glad I wasn't there to see it.
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    EEK, that must have been terrifying. So glad he was ok.


    Please be careful with the underground fences, it's ok if you're there to supervise, but there have been cases of dogs still getting out, with sufficient incentive - such as a cat to chase, as the adrenaline kicks in and they ignore the shock.


    Also it doesn't prevent other loose dogs coming into your garden, who could frighten or even hurt your dog.

    Sorry but I'm not a big fan... :cry:
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    It's OK Nicki, we've got a 7ft high fence all round our garden and enormous trees at the back of us too. Maxx is such a 'Houdini' that we made sure of this before we even contemplated buying this house!

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    Oh that's ok - I won't worry then!!

    I do know of another Cavalier who's an escape artist like that - funnily enough he's also called Rupert {NOT mine though}, he was scaling 6ft fences EEK! Sadly I don't think mine could get over a 2ft fence now - the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
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    Oh please don't tell me that icon_yikes - Maxx is probaly too fat and lazy anyway

    My friend has a Boxer who jumps over her 6ft fence. She then goes to see her neighbour for a biscuit and returns and sits on her doorstep LOL

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    Nicki,
    You are definitely right the invisible fence isn't a babysitter. However, at this point it's working well for him. I've watched him without him knowing it and a dog has walked by and he obeys his perimeter but I know better than to think it is full proof. Like I said before fencing our entire lot (nearly 2 acres!) wasn't an option so this is a great alternative for us. We always supervise him outside because of the issue of other animals getting in the yard. The biggest problem we've had as of yet is that Max wants to be outside all the time now. He "cries wolf", pun intended, when he just wants outside to romp around instead of only when he needs to potty... it's costs me a mess a couple of times when I thought he was just pulling my leg about needing to go! I guess we're both still learning! But I promise we'll always keep close tabs on him while using our underground fence. They really are okay if you're the kind of owner who uses them the way they're intended.

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