Is the System Strong Enough For My Dog?

Will the system be strong enough for my dog?  My dog is really big/stubborn/stupid what is going to be strong enough for them?

Whoa there buddy, I think we may have given you the wrong idea about how all this works.  Lets think of the dog containment system in another way.  Instead of us trying to overpower the dog with the correction, we are just trying to refocus their attention on obeying the rules we set out for them.  If a dog is running for a squirrel, we just want the correction to be strong enough that it recaptures their attention.  We don’t want it to be so weak that it is like a flea bite and they remain focused on the squirrel.  But at the same time it should not be so strong that they are hurt or so strong that they cannot remember their boundary rules. 

Dogs don’t consider things as rationally as humans do, dogs rely much more on instinct than we do.  That is why they don’t delay gratification like (some) humans can.  Ever seen a dog savor food, or save a morsel for later?  If something triggers their pain instinct, they will do whatever it takes to get out of pain now. What we are doing with a dog fence is teaching them that the way to get out of pain is to turn and retreat.  So don’t worry about the dog weighing their options and thinking about whether the squirrel is more tempting than the fence is painful.  The desire to avoid pain is much stronger than the desire for pleasure.

So the better question is whether the system will be strong enough to refocus your dog.  The answer for the vast majority of dogs, is that any system with multiple correction levels (e.g. Innotek 4100; Innotek 5100, PetSafe Small Dog, PetSafe Stubborn, PetSafe PRF-3004 Deluxe (not regular).  Dogtra EF-3000 Gold, Perimeter Ultra) will be fine.

Occasionally a dog will need a stronger, system like the PetSafe Stubborn because they have a very low sensitivity to pain, but this is a rare thing indeed.

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