I`m considring adopting out a 100 lb. Lab to someone with an unfenced acre of land. He`s going to put in an electric fence for the dog and has been told he should have information about the dog or the presence of the dog prior to installation. Any concerns I should have? thanks, Stephen
I`m considring adopting out a 100 lb. Lab to someone with an unfenced acre of land. He`s going to put ... information about the dog or the presence of the dog prior to installation. Any concerns I should have? thanks, Stephen

Stephen, the better question here, IMO, is:
How close is this dog to being KILLED where he's at?

If it's getting close, you might want to do just about anything you can to cooperate with this guy.
If it's not getting close, you might not want to cooperate so much.

IMO, the absence of a fence (any fence) should never be a deal-breaker when it comes to saving the life of a dog.
PS: Not many folks are looking for 100 lb. Labs.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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The dog lives with me, but I have four other dogs. I put up the question in Yahoo Dog Health and received a very detailed answer that provided many reasons that argue against an invisible fence. It would be a deal breaker. This dog is super friendly towards everybody and other dogs.
The dog lives with me, but I have four other dogs. I put up the question in Yahoo Dog Health ... against an invisible fence. It would be a deal breaker. This dog is super friendly towards everybody and other dogs.

Is he your dog, or isn't he?
Look, IMO, an IF gives it user, for the most part, a false sense of security, and one should only be used as a backup to a real fence or under the close supervision of a human.
Of course, if this is in fact your dog, Stephen, you should essentially be entitled to place him with whomever you want.

On the other hand, the fact that this Lab is "friendly towards everybody" (which the vast majority of Labs are) and you think he needs a fenced yard, etc., IMO, still shouldn't make for a deal-breaker, because it's pretty easy to OBEDIENCE TRAIN a Lab to respect his owner's property lines without the help of a fence of any kind.
If you're prepared to keep this dog (and not have him put to death) until you can find the "ideal" owner, by all means, good luck!

Handsome Jack Morrison
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She`s a former stray, but there`s no more room at the Inn. I`ve gotten more responses about the fence and they all think it`s a bad idea. There are also young children who could let her out. The people are suppossed to bring out the kids for a second visit tomorrow. I am prepared to hold her indefinately `till I find a safe home for her. SD
She`s a former stray, but there`s no more room at the Inn. I`ve gotten more responses about the fence and ... a second visit tomorrow. I am prepared to hold her indefinately `till I find a safe home for her. SD

invisible fences can work, but the dog needs to be trained by a professional, so they'll have to have it installed after the dog has settled in.
yes, the dog can go through the fence if they want something bad enough. my dog's don't (unless i forget to change the batteries in their collars, doh!), and they're pretty high drive dogs (pit bulls). it really depends on the dog. one of my dogs is more sensitive to physical correction than the other one, so she gets a bigger shock than the other dog. the training and installation is very individualized to the dog, and takes a few weeks of constant border training and adjustments before the dog should be allowed out off lead.
if the family is willing to take on that responsibility (only taking her out on lead for weeks until she's totally trained to the fence), i don't think it would be a huge problem.
i'm sure others will disagree. :-)
-kelly
the family backed out of the adoption (typical petfinder wankers) , but I would have nixed it anyway, they didn`t know doodle about dogs and the fence would be a disaster waiting to happen. SD
the family backed out of the adoption (typical petfinder wankers) , but I would have nixed it anyway, they didn`t know doodle about dogs and the fence would be a disaster waiting to happen. SD

yeah, if they don't know dogs, i don't think the fence is a good idea. it works best with someone who is outside when their dogs are outside, and the dog is inside when not supervised.
good luck finding her a better home...
-kelly
the family backed out of the adoption (typical petfinder wankers) , but I would have nixed it anyway, they didn`t know doodle about dogs and the fence would be a disaster waiting to happen. SD

IMO a fence that's a physical barrier is a much better idea, for most people and dogs, than the invisible fence.

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