Underground Electric Fencing
Electric underground fencing has become very popular as a low-cost alternative to physical fencing. There are several companies that make this type of fencing, and it is available at most hardware, and pet stores. There is also a national chain that comes and installs it, and trains your dog for you.
I will not send a puppy to live in a home with an electric fence.
Here are the reasons why:
1. If your Ridgeback sees something it wants to chase, it absolutely will run through the boundary.
2. An electric fence does not keep other dogs, wild animals or people out of your yard.
3. There has been a correlation between the use of electronic fences and heart problems.
4. The use of the electronic fence can cause behavioral problems, including housebreaking issues and aggression.
5. The fence/boundary can fail and you may be unaware that it has happened, until your dog is gone.
6. If your dog escapes your yard, he/she will get shocked when he tries to re-enter the boundary.
For someone walking in your neighborhood past your home with their own
dog, it can be terrifying to see a full grown Ridgeback running at them
full bore and does not add a positive connection for our breed.
8. If your dog does escape and is running at large,
it is highly likely that he will be hit by a car.
An underground fence should not ever be an alternative to physical fencing for many reasons.
You cannot convince me that sending an electric shock/pulse into your dog's neck, is either a good idea or has no adverse affects on the animal. An electric underground type fence will not work for a Ridgeback. Most reputable Ridgeback breeders will not put a puppy in a home with an underground electric fence. I definitely will not put a high drive hunting dog in a home with an electric fence.