Hi everyone! I saw an old friend this morning and found out that she lost her doodle suddenly--he had a tumor on his heart and just collapsed after no signs of issues--so sad--they are a great couple with lots of time to devote to a new doodle--but have an invisible fence around their very large rural property--is that a no-no for adopting a rescue?

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We will not adopt an adult rescue to a home with an electric fence, unless that dog is coming from a home with one and is already comfortably trained to it, which is pretty rare. We have also adopted younger puppies to homes with electric fences, as they have usually not had previous bad experiences with them and can be trained to them. But young puppies in rescue are relatively rare as well. 

We'd rather there be no fence at all and the dog be taken out every time on a leash. 

From the DRC Adoption Policies:


While invisible fencing is a good solution for places where zoning or other limitations prevent a physical fence, it is not the ideal situation for rescued doodles.


• It does not keep out predators (wildlife, other dogs, or people).


• It does not allow a dog to return home once it bolts.


• For poodles and retrievers (who both have a high pain tolerance, a genetic desire to
roam, and a high prey drive), it may not be sufficient to contain them. These dogs are highly intelligent and they will quickly figure out that a few seconds of pain is what stands between them and the squirrel or dog they are seeking to chase. Consequently doodles have been known to frequently break through the invisible fence.


• If two or more active dogs are in residence, they can venture outside of the region while playing and will be unable to return.


Because a rescue dog's history can in many cases be completely unknown to us and their behavior can be unpredictable, we stick to our policy. Many rescue dogs no matter their breed or mix, do not react well to invisible fence training.


We enforce our e-fence policy on a case by case basis based on what is best for the dog.




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