Hi, we have recently got our second Choc lab (male) and he's doing the same old thing when we let him out - he wonders off to examine the neighbour's chickens etc.etc.
We have quite a large garden (2.5 acres, I think), and are thinking of getting one of these electric invisible fences.
I wonder if anyone can recommend them? If so, which make/brand (I need to get one for England, incidentially)
Regards,
Mark.
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Hi, we have recently got our second Choc lab (male) and he's doing the same old thing when we let ... have quite a large garden (2.5 acres, I think), and are thinking of getting one of these electric invisible fences.

You're better off with a real fence, which will keep other critters out as well as your dog in. Additionally, if a dog sees irresistable prey (say, a rabbit), he can break through the Invisible Fence to chase it - and end up unable to get back into his own yard ("garden" to you, I guess).

Remember, you don't have to fence off the whole thing.

Mark Shaw (And Baron) moc TOD liamg TA wahsnm == "If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise." - Unknown
Hi, we have recently got our second Choc lab (male) and he's doing the same old thing when we let him out - he wonders off to examine the neighbour's chickens etc.etc.

that would not be a problem if A) you teach a solid recall and B) you supervised him while outdoors.
We have quite a large garden (2.5 acres, I think), and are thinking of getting one of these electric invisible fences.

i've got a 3 acre property. i chose to fence about half of it, but an even smaller section would have been perfectly sufficient for my dog's needs.
I wonder if anyone can recommend them? If so, which make/brand (I need to get one for England, incidentially)

as Mark already noted, a physical fence is far safer both for your dog and your neighbor's livestock than an invisible fence. with an invisible fence, you'll still need to supervise your dog, as a Lab is unlikely to be much bothered by a zap from an e-collar when tempted by the thrill of chasing other animals.

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Hi, we have recently got our second Choc lab (male) and he's doing the same old thing when we let ... wonder if anyone can recommend them? If so, which make/brand (I need to get one for England, incidentially) Regards, Mark.

They don't work. My neighbors dog is out 3 or 4 days a week. He gets a running start and runs right through it. Get a real fence.
Hi, we have recently got our second Choc lab (male) and he's doing the same old thing when we let ... fences. I wonder if anyone can recommend them? If so, which make/brand (I need to get one for England, incidentially)

I'm with the other folks - you're better off with a physical fence. I find that out in the country, many people let their dogs run, and some jerks drop off their unwanted pets. I don't want those animals in my yard around MY dogs.
If it's too expensive to fence your entire property, then just a part of it for a "dog yard." I would recommend such a "dog yard" encompassing your front or back door, or both, so it's easy to let your dog outside and accompany him - no leash required to get to the fenced portion.

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I know it doesn't work for some dogs but my mother has had the invisible fence since the early 1990s with two jack russels on about 3 acres and has never had a problem. (I think the brand is "Invisible fence"). Before that, we had old farm type fencing and they'd always dig underneath. It's a cheap option that works in some cases.
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