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Phil Keenan is a writer from Sydney, Australia. He is interested in minutiae and is a lifelong Bulldogs fan. His blog is called is Johan Turdenmeier's Miscellany and it can be found at:


  1. And every time you make a little mistake, some person is going to give you a shock. What a stupid, stupid thing to do to animals. I adopted a nine-year-old dog from a woman who had had Ceilidh since she was an eight-week-old puppy. She could no longer handle Ceildh, who was terribly anxious. She had used a shock collar on her (fencing), she had drugged her with anti-anxiety meds. Ceilidh would beat herself with a Kong on a rope, which the woman thought was funny. She came to our house, I tossed the DES (yes, that DES), and weaned her off the anti-anxiety meds. She adored Gunnar, our other rescue, and started to learn to be a real dog, gnawing on raw bones, going for walks. She licked whey powder off the floor one day and we found the solution to the remaining anxiety; she stopped beating herself with the Kong and even stopped wanting to retrieve it. She had four years of a decent life. Please, people, do not shock your dogs because you are too lazy to exercise them (tired dogs are good dogs), too lazy to contain them properly, too lazy to learn good dog management.

  2. Phil Keenan says:

    Thanks so much for commenting. In our case, we had spent hundreds of dollars trying to secure a broken down fence which just couldn’t be made secure. We tried, many different things, over a period of months. The owner of our house refuses to spend any money on anything. If we owned the place we would have built a proper fence from the ground up, but we don’t, we rent. And so this was the only option left available to make sure that our dogs couldn’t escape.
    So glad to hear that you gave Ceildh a better life. There should be more dog owners like you. And I can’t argue with anything else you said either – excercise your dogs, and train them well. Thanks again for your comment.

  3. Phil, I didn’t write about the unexpected repercussions of shocking dogs except to suggest it had something to do with Ceilidh’s anxiety. I have heard of dogs that were perfectly friendly, running to greet neighbors when they went outdoors, then, when electric fencing was installed, they associated the shocks they received with the neighbors. In at least one case, the dog then bit the neighbor when the neighbor came into the dog’s yard. I don’t know what to suggest you do, except that if I rented a house with no fencing, I would only take my dogs out on leashes as I always did until I moved to my current house (dead end road, quarter-mile from next road, dogs run free).

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