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Our cockapoo listens fairly well and is trained to stay in the yard, but she tends to get distracted and we are afraid she my go to close to the road if the cats run that way or something.

SO wondering, has anyone used the wireless fences for their cockapoos>? Ive heard that even the ones designed for small dogs have caused heart attacks in the smaller breads. Any thoughts anyone?

We just want to keep our Pebbles safe and let her run a bit. (we live in the country and the yard is too big to fence)
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is the roar bussy or is it a dead end that leads up tp ypur house? my bosses dogs run free at the kennels but the only trafic we have is customers coming for their dogs so mose drive slow and the dogs have learnd to move when they are about.

been looking into them as i didnt know what it was. i know that with Ecallars you have to work up form the lowest setting to find the one that your dog reacts to but doesnt freek them out.
 

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Personally I think wireless fences (wire buried in ground that gives the dog a small shock through a collar when they reach the wire) are cruel but I understand you and trying to protect your dog.

If I were in your situation I think I would use a dog run for when the dog isn't supervised or if it a large area just fence part of it. We had to do this for Flo as she could get out of the garden between the trees and we couldn't afford to fence round the whole garden. She now has her own small section of garden.

You could also use a long line but you wouldn't really want to leave the dog unattended that much in case they got caught up.
 

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I persoanlly would not use a wireless fence and here is why. One, I do think they are cruel even thought we are trying to protect our dogs. When they run / bark and we "shock" them for it to me that is like someone telling me to not walk or talk so I would not do that. Maybe stay with him? Cockapoos can get easily distracted I know, but I am not sure I would use it. Second, I had a neighbor growing up and his front yard was not fenced so he used a wireless fence. The dog got smart for it. He knew that if he walked into that area he would feel discomfort BUT he also knew that if he stood that discomfort for a second he could get to where he wanted to be so the fence ended up not being useful.

As far as a dog run? I sadly knew someone who's dog hung himself on his. He came home from work and found his dog hanging. So, if it was me, and this was my dog, and he could possibly get out of the yard I would never leave him.
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Thanks for you thoughts... and exactly why I havent gotten one yet. We live in the country and on a dirt road, but with quite a bit of traffic.

For now she goes out with us, or on a tie out if its just for a few without us. And when i work in the yard in the summer and she wants to be out... i take her tie out and hook to my garden cart. She cant move it, and she likes to be near me and usually happy for a while that way.

Its the guys, my hubby and son, who think she should be able to run more without supervision - i just dont trust the distraction aspect and why I was wondering about the wireless fence units. Just as a description, the units are are like a small pod you have in the house with a 50 ft. diameter of where the dog can go. the dog wears a shock coller.

thanks for your thoughts... just was i was wondering. She has a vet visit coming up soon and i may ask what they feel about them also.
 
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