Have you heard tales of dogs getting seriously hurt when chasing horses... (and they go straight back for more as soon as they are home from the vet) not to mention that a panicked Horse can receive some nasty injuries if being chased by a dog. Horse fences are not usually dog proof!
If you have not been able to socialise your dog with horses, then the Pet Barrier Hidden Dog Fence makes sure they stay separated.
Note: If your dog escapes and chases someone else's horse/s... you would be responsible.
Well, besides spending valuable hours and energy training your dogs to be well behaved around horses (and other animals), you can also easily set a safe and effective boundary between your pet and the horses - such as the Pet Barrier Dog Fence.
Dogs can cause a great threat to horses especially if they're being chased - please remember that horses will always try to defend themselves to such threats by kicking, biting, or striking. And that can turn out really nasty for the dog and often for the horse as well.
It is really important to keep your dog away from horses especially if both animals are not well acquainted with each other. Socialisation takes time and should be started at a young age for both the dogs and horses. Check out our interview with Gaz Jackson about how to socialise your puppy.
However, if a horse does not know a particular dog (maybe an escapee from down the road), they will quite understandably react very differently - especially if feeling threatened... and the dog will always be blamed for the outcome (and the dog owner will have to 'make good').
So, in general, horses are afraid of dogs unless they are socialised well and the dog is trained to behave correctly around horses. There are no hard and fast rules, folks, as both dogs and horses have individual personalities and can, like us, have bad days and good days. Best be careful and be prepared.
Both animals can possibly get along especially if the horse can put up with the investigating habit of dogs such as sniffing or smelling and getting under their feet.
However, getting a horse to accept your dog may take time and patience especially if your dog has such a strong instinct to chase every-time the horse goes for a run.
Also, it is important to remember that some dog breeds can see horses as prey. So, both animals may never get along.
Now, when both horse and dog reach 12 weeks of age which is the best time to let them socialise, you will most likely succeed in making them get comfortable with each other. Take note that at this age, you should not let both animals run loose around each other.
This is because a puppy running loose around a horse is in so much danger - he may scare the horse and will certainly get kicked. You can just hold your dog close to you and introduce both animals to each other with the right control... or you can simply let them see each other from an appropriate distance.
You can also bring your dog to the barn every day so he gets used to spending time around horses and knows their smell - let your dog sniff around and always supervise him.
Lastly, train your dog to stay away from riding areas. You can do this by walking your dog on a leash or using a dog training collar as you walk him around the riding area and tell him "no" and give the command "sit" when he tries to go near the area.
Training your dog to follow basic commands is such a great practice to manage your dog’s behaviour around horses, other animals, and people. You can teach these basic commands using a remote dog training collar to be more efficient with the obedience training.
However, training your dog to stay calm around horses takes a huge amount of time and requires great patience and effort.
Also, you have to be always present to release an obedience command to make sure that your dog will not chase the horses.
Therefore, containing your dog into a safe boundary using an “invisible” dog fence will help you protect both animals.
Basically, the electric dog fence system works with 4 major components:
The Pet Barrier dog fence system has a regulated power supply which ensures that there will be no power surges that may cause wrong “zaps” to your dog. The green-earthing wire directs any power spikes usually caused by lightning storms to the ground, protecting your transmitter.
Next, the Transmitter acts as the “brain” of the dog fence system - it sends a digitally coded FM radio signal to the boundary wire. The unique code ensures that your dog will not get “zapped” by other signals from other electronics. Also, the system will not interfere with your devices at homes such as the TV and the radio, and not even to the dog fence system your neighbour might have.
Plus, the Pet Barrier Dog Fence comes with a lightning strike and fusion damage warranty.
Then, the dog fence wire is what sets your “invisible” boundary, you will create a loop - connecting the end of the wire from the transmitter and back to it.
Our Pet Barrier dog fence wire has a 7-strand copper core and is coated with High-Density Polyethylene with a 20-year UV rating. Thus, you can just lay it on the ground or hang it on your traditional fence. No need to bury it.
Lastly, the invisible dog fence collar trains your dog to stay away from the boundary that you have set - it reacts to the digitally coded FM radio signal running through the wire and only to such signal. So, your dog is safe from stray signals from other electronics that usually cause false zaps.
If your dog gets near the warning zone, he will get a beeping warning sound which is usually followed by a static correction if your dog continues to go near the “correction zone” where he gets a safe static stimulation.
Even a low-level static correction can deter a dog from running through the boundary. Still, it is important to follow the training guide that we will include in the dog fence kit.