Invisible fences. The curse of dogdom worldwide. Breeders usually insist on physical fences because Infernal, I mean, Invisible fences work on the concept of zapping the dog with a jolt of electricity when he strays beyond the predetermined border. This assumes three things:
Put up a fence, a fence secured at the bottom against dig-outs and tall enough to discourage both jumping up and people reaching over. You can use wood, wire, concrete block, just understand that if there is a way out, they will find it. Now you have a dog roving through the neighborhood looking for trashcans, loose dogs, or cats. And maybe running into a truck in the process.
PUT UP A PHYSICAL FENCE. They are not perfect, but they DO a much better job of protecting the dog from strays, thieves, and children.
Off leash. Breeders insist on fences and that the dog is on leash when outside the fence. You know why, don't you? We're all too stupid or too lazy to train our Malamute to work off leash. That's it isn't it?
Boy, are you in for a rude awakening. Picture this:
Now, picture a dogsled team. Malamutes and Siberians have been SELECTED over 1000s of generations to work on dogsled teams, to run as far and fast as they can -- AWAY from their owners voice. Picture that dogsled team. Sometimes the musher is breaking trail out front, but, more than likely the musher is riding on the BACK and if there is a command, it generally involves locomotion AWAY from the sound of their voice.
So many people think they can get their Malamute to work reliably off leash no matter the distraction because they've already done this type of training before with a Border Collie (herder), a Golden (retriever), or a Rottweiller (draft dog used for protection).
Good luck. It does happen. But it is NOT the norm. And it has everything to do with the individual dog and very little to do with your determination.
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