What Is The Best Electric Dog Fence for Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD)?

by Gajan Retnasaba on July 17, 2017

The temperament, disposition and behavior of a livestock guardian dog is significantly different from a shepherding dog. LGDs have a minimal response to pain and are genetically not predisposed to run away when confronting a situation that may trigger fear. True LGD breeds are very limited; the most common in the United States are Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherds, Akbash and Maremma. Based on our personal experience in farming and ranching with the assistance of both shepherding dogs and livestock guardian dogs here are a few takeaways to help you make the best electric dog fencing decision. The best electric dog fence system for your LGDs is without a question the SportDog electric dog fence system for 100 acres Even is your property is significantly smaller there are plenty of technical specs that make this electric collar and fence the best option for your LGD. Here is why you need to select this electric dog fence over all other options available in the market.
  • Easy to install but buried or carried over a cross fence. This is important because buried installations may be cumbersome in large properties. Keep in mind that depending on how you move your animals from pasture to pasture, it may make sense to bury the cable at cattle gate points.
  • The starter kit has 1000 ft of wire. That is enough linear wire to fence one acre. Making it a perfect solution for those using their dogs to guard a flock.
  • The collar is belt style making it more secure for a rural setting.
  • The collar comes with a set of long prongs that work perfectly on double coat dogs without having to shave which presents both a summer and winter hazard to the animal.
  • The collar is waterproof!!
  • It is compatible with a variety of collars thus allowing you to customize the fence to work with other farm dogs that may have different needs or size and even help you contain your camelids like alpacas and llamas.
  • The width of the boundary can be adjusted using a dial on the side of the transmitter. This control can change the distance that that the boundary zone extends from the boundary wire from a few inches through to 10+ feet. This is ideal for training in areas where you may not have a fence or visual cues for your LGD.

Things to Keep in Mind

Your LGD is by nature inclined to roam in areas of about two miles. If you do not have this type of arrangement physical and invisible fence training is a must. Regardless of size electric dog fence training for LGD must wait until your dog is six month old. Before this age consider crating with separation from the flock or herd or the use of a kennel. Do a fit test to ensure the collar prongs are properly positioned. Good fit of the e-collar is essential to avoid injury. While the recommendation is for battery change every three months when using the collar with a working dog consider changing your battery every sixty days. The SportDog does not have a backup battery. Consider buying a external backup to ensure continuity in fencing during bad weather.    

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Kate Follot July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Would there be any issue running the line above ground with an already existing above ground post and wire electric fence? It’s great for containing the horses, but our double coated dogs are able to duck under it without issue regardless of how I arrange the strands, the line would be attached to the same posts and running along the fence line. We also live in the mountains so it would have to be able to handle the extreme rolling landscape without losing signal, would the Sport dog SDF-100A work well for this?

ADMIN – Hi Kate. Yes, the SportDog fence is an excellent system. With jumpers, escape artists, or diggers, we usually recommend laying the wire a foot or so inside the fence so that they do not even get to the fence to escape as the correction does not happen until the dogs cross the wire. Then you will want to set a wide boundary width for notification. This way they will get stopped before they have the chance to go over, under, around or through the fence and run the risk of being trapped on the outside, receiving a correction, and not knowing how to get back in quickly.
The Boundary Wire should be installed 5-10 feet away from metal and/or electromagnetic interference (e.g., metal siding, aluminum siding, metal roof, metal fencing, existing electromagnetic signals, HVAC equipment, etc) to avoid amplification problems and unintended corrections to the dog’s collar. This will be important for you to know as, with your existing electric fencing, you may need to keep your wire more than 5 to 10 feet away to avoid interference.
With existing fences, we recommend laying the wire on top of the ground in the location you think you want it and testing the collar to make sure it beeps and corrects at the right location on the perimeter loop. This way, if you need to move the wire closer to or further away from the fence, you can do so easily. Once the correct location has been determined, then you can bury your wire 1″ – 3″ in the ground or tack it to the surface of the ground using lawn staples to hold it in place.

Keep in mind that your dog will not receive a correction until s/he actually crosses the boundary wire.

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