A reader as what type of electric dog fence would be appropriate for an Alaskan Malamute.
Thanks for your dog fence website! Very helpful!
I’m looking at getting into breeding Alaskan Malamutes. A friend of mine is a breeder and wants to sell us his dogs and breeding rights. There would be 5 adult Malamutes. We live on a 7-acre hobby farm. I have a gravel-floored shed where the dogs will sleep and was planning on some outdoor kennels for them to run. However, I was also considering purchasing an electric fence for them to run. I have a 1.5 acre area that is already fenced (fence isn’t in the greatest shape), and was considering running the wire along the fence. I have 2 questions:
1. Would it work to run the wire along the fence, or is it advised to bury it? Part of the fence is wire-mesh. Will this cause a problem?
2. How well do the systems work with large, thick-haired dogs like Malamutes? Any recommendations?
- I would run it along the existing fence. It will work just as well as burying and will be a lot easier. No issue with the mesh.
- Fitting the collar right, so the probes actually touch the skin is the trickiest part for a malamute, because of the long fur and the thick undercoat. You want to trim a little hair where the probes contact the skin (with scissors) if possible. [I understand if you are showing the dogs that is not possible] Then use the long probes on the collar. You want to move as much hair out of the way before putting the collar in place. Then tighten the collar so you can only insert two fingers between collar and neck. Finally, use your fingers to move the hair under the prongs out of the way and jiggle the collar so that the probes are actually touching skin. Verify that they are touching visually or using your fingers to feel under the collar.
If possible use the Innotek IUC-4100 or IUC-5100 systems, they have a collar check feature that will audibly beep when you have the collar fitted correctly. It is very helpful when you put the collar on the first few times, to give you some feedback so you can get used to how it is done.
The good news is that malamutes tend to be very sensitive to the correction and highly motivated to avoid the correction. Training them is usually very straight forward.
Let us know if you need any further assistance!
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