Invisible Fencing & Prey Drive
Hopefully this question has not been asked and answered already.
I am about to go off to buy kibble, toys, etc for my new little girl, who is arriving shortly.
This is my sixth dog, but first GSD. The pup I am getting is from working vs sporting lines. I have been trying to educate myself about Schutzhund. No way of knowing, at this point, if the dog and handler (me!) are suitable for SchH.
The question I have has to do with invisible fence and shock collars. I don't want to dampen the pups prey drive, curiosity or independence, making it positively unsuitable for Schutzhund. I plan to take the dog to work with me every day, right from day one. That makes it really easy to housebreak a pup and we can have 3 or 4 short training sessions throughout the day as well as the ones at home. We also walk to and from work. I own a retail business, so yes, I can train my dog at work too.
The first week or two, I will keep the dog confined behind the sales counter, where it has its own office. The dog office is a cubby hole under the sales counter, and serves the same purpose as a crate, as well as a place to get away from obnoxious children.
After the dog feels comfortable with me, home and the shop, I will let it have the run of the store. That is where I need the invisible fencing. My business is in an older neighborhood, where the shops line the public sidewalk, which is about 8 feet wide. There is a row of cars parked along the sidewalk. Then a really busy street. I have seen people dis-mount cyclist from their bikes by opening their car door, and any number of other accidents, so I know a dog darting out between those parked cars donít stand a chance.
Without the invisible fencing I can't let the pup have the run of the shop, and the range socializing experiences it offers. I don't like aversion training but find this one necessary for a young dog's safety. I know how to introduce a pup to the shock, and it has worked perfectly on two other dogs.
Anybody have any thoughts or experiences on what invisible fencing does to drive.