The Australian Cattle Dog (often called a Blue Heeler by our friends down under), was bred to herd cattle over incredible large distances of central Australian cattle stations. They are generally extremely high energy, and whip smart. So you can see the attraction of a dog fence for this breed. You want them to be able to play outside, but it is also fairly common to have difficulties containing them using only a physical fence as they use that oversized brain of theirs to plot the great escape. See the following reader letter:
Hi, I have a ACD (australian cattle dog) or blue heeler. And we play outside alot. But our other ACD will not stay in the yard she likes to chase and chase. Will the Innotek IUC-5100 work good for her. I know proper training is key but being that they are a like a little tank and dont mind a little pain even while playing. Not purposely of course?
We don’t have any particular problems with Aussies (the people or the dogs). Like all working dogs, electric containment fence training is a snap for them. As long as you are consistent with the training for the first two weeks they will quickly learn the system. It is also important with this kind of dog that loves to chase and is so quick, that you do a bit of training over the last few days with some sort of temptation, to reinforce the rule that the fence cannot be crossed even if there is something really tempting on the other side. (see Step 3 of our Dog Fence Training Guide)
With the training, the Innotek IUC-5100 is a good choice. I would start with the medium setting for an ACD and adjust up or down as needed.
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