Puppies can be introduced to a dog fence from a fairly young age. K9 Electronics provides great tips for introducing young dogs to electric dog fences and selecting the right fence for your pet.
One of the most difficult parts of owning an electric dog fence is deciding when to introduce it to a younger dog. Young dogs can react unpredictably to electric dog fences, so understanding a puppy’s development is essential to deciding when to start training the animal with the fence and collar.
Generally, puppies should not be introduced to electric dog fences until they’re at least four or five months old. This will lower the chances that the electric dog fence will traumatize the animal – something that occurs due to the “fear” stages that all young puppies go through, not due to the static correction administered by an electric dog fence system.
Be sure to use an electric dog fence with adjustable settings when training a puppy. Use the lightest settings and spend plenty of time training the dog. Pay attention to any signs of fear that the dog exhibits; a fearful dog isn’t learning properly, and you should immediately stop your training to avoid traumatizing the animal.
Every electric fence is approved for use with puppies and always carefully read the included instructions before you begin electric fence training. Focus on positive training and be patient with your new dog. If you can’t seem to train the dog, all the manufacturers have professional dog trainers on staff that can help you via their toll-free number located in your product manual. Your electric dog fence can be a vital tool in establishing boundaries and keeping your puppy safe, but only if the right training methods are used from the start.