Pyrenes and invisible fence
We have a year old pyrenes that we raised from 8 weeks old with the purpose of being a guardian dog. There have been problems since the git-go, like he likes to chase the cats. He thinks he is just playing but they don't. He chews everything he can get his mouth on; and he has more chew toys than any one dog should need in a lifetime.
The latest is that he wanders. It started with him going to "the neighbor's" a mile away, across a road. Of course they think he is cute, plays with their dog and their little girl, etc. So they have done nothing to discourage it. Even when we tell him to shoot him in the ass!! They just say "he is no trouble", etc. Even after he killed one of their chickens!!
We have 80 acres. And another dog, that stays home.
So we got an invisible fence and ran it just around the barn to start with. He ran thru it once then turned up to "electrocute". He ran thru it once on that setting--you could see him think about it and working out how fast he would have to run to get thru the zone and still be able to tolerate what he thought was the previous lower setting. He got a big surprise and then I drug him BACK ACROSS it.
That seemed to fix it.
So we enlarged the area. Only to find out that the unit we have didn't have enough oumph to do 15 or 20 acres. So I bought anohter one that will do up to 50 acres. But it works on a different theory of the warning. He responds to it, at least when we are walking him around the perimeter. But now the batteries only last a few days, and are of course proprietary batteries you have to order from the company. It is supposedly waterPROOF, which is good since we have what is left of our pond and he loves getting in it.
Since the batteries are only lasting a day (or less?) he has learned he can run thru it. Or has learned how to run the battery down. When I have changed the batteries alot of times there is moisture under them.
We ran a shorter loop on about 7-10 acres yesterday and tried it again. Same thing. We then put the original transmitter on it, hoping it would do that much wire, and it did. And the electrocution setting is working. But I want to be able to let him have the run of the bigger acreage.
It took us a week to run the wire around the bigger area what with all the brush and such.
The first one is the PetSafe for stubborn dogs. The second one is made by a company called HighTechPets. I found another company on line called SportDog (actually the same big company as makes PetSafe) that will do up to 100 acres. I don't want to buy yet a third set up though. (Do plan on sending the HighTechPet on back even after they have replaced collars and batteries ad nauseum).
He is also very beligerant regarding coming when called. Catching him can often be a real trick.
At the moment he stays in at night (in a 14x14 stall), and has since we got him. At first due to his small size = coyote snack size. Now because we can't trust him to stay home but also because he free feeds and our lab would snaft down his bucket of food in no time flat. And that is another thing I have never delt with--a dog that isn't food oriented. He snacks, and is still rather lean (looks like I starve him when I shave him in the summer!)
ANY input is welcomed!!!