Dan from Virginia offers some experiences and tips from his installation:
1). DIY issues
I thought that it was going to be "no problem" putting the wire in the ground. After weeks of researching the issues involved with this project, I settled for a saw that is used for cutting concrete slabs to create the 'trenches' I needed for the fence. Putting the wire into the trenches proved to be a lot more arduous that I thought!
One problem I didn't see coming was that since my neighbor had an existing wooden fence, (that I thought was going to be a benefit!!) I had to create two trenches going around my lot. This doubled the work and amount of wire that I would need. Bummer . . .
I thought saving $1500 was going to be easier than it was, affirming the adage, "pay now or pay later -- either way, you're going to pay!!" But, in the end (after my knees, back, and hands healed, I was glad I did it myself (kind of). If I were rich, I would pay to have it done!
ADMIN - Two little tips: (1) you can save a lot of time using a trencher, (2) if you have a tall enough fence, you can run the wire one leg of the wire along the bottom and the retunr leg across the top and save yourself the trouble fo burying the wire. Dan could not do this here, but that may be helpful to some of you.
2). Weeks of training and how inconsistencies make the training period longer
I believed 10-15 minutes a day was not going to be difficult. It turns out that it's very difficult to be that consistent (at least for me). Seven days turned into 10 days and errors in following the directions further increased the training period. For example, I forgot to turn on the unit one day during the second week (three weeks into the training) and the dog received no correction for crossing the line (doh!). Another time the collar was not fitted correctly and the dog didn't receive the correction. It's hard to be perfect!
ADMIN - really good advice, being consistent with the training really makes it faster and easier for everyone.
3). My technique during week three
I was confident my dog was "getting it" as we progressed through the training. I was the one who was reluctant to let go of the leash as a restraint. What I did next, I believe can be a training aid for others. I had one of those long cables that connects to a stake which is screwed into the ground to "chain up your dog" and used that as a leash that I let the dog just drag along the ground as she walked around the yard.
I believe that it let her know that she was still 'controlled' and yet semi-free, at the same time. After about a week of that, I used a standard 4' chain leash to do the same thing. Finally, six weeks into the training, I took off the leash and she wore only her Innotek collar. My (and my dog's) perseverance through this whole training/bonding/correcting/praising process has really paid off.
ADMIN - great tip!
4). Over-all satisfaction
I am extremely satisfied with the fence, the training instructions, and the results of this effort. We can now roam the yard (she is still being supervised, albeit less and less) and be free -- both of us!!!!
I would recommend this product to anyone who is serious about controlling their dog and yet not having to build a physical fence. Great product and I appreciate your efforts to educate those trying to implement and use it. Well done!!!!