Some Things To Consider Before Installing An Invisible or Electric Dog Fence



This article is posted as part of PGAA’s curation efforts. This was originally posted at DogFenceDIY


by Gajan Retnasaba on June 17, 2016

If you have been exploring the possibility of installing a wired dog fence in lieu of other more expensive forms of dog containment we would not be surprised if you have a ton of questions and certainly some hesitation related to their effectiveness, regulations for your area and the safety of your dog.

Most dog owners move forward with an electric dog fence when using a traditional fence is not reasonable as far as costs or when there are restrictions set forth by their HOA that hinder the type of fencing one can use to keep dogs in your property. In other instances electric dog fences come about because you are dealing with a dog that is prone to escape and has breached other fencing like privacy fences or forged iron fences. Finally, in some situations dog owners are resorting to electric dog containment systems to isolate certain areas of the home or yard such as kitchens or vegetable gardens.

If you are shopping for an invisible or electric dog fence, it makes sense to spend a little time doing your homework and finding the best electric dog fence for your specific needs. Let’s take a look at the most commonly asked questions and most frequent concerns associated to purchasing a wired dog fence.

Electric Dog Fences Are All About Training

One of the most common mistakes associated with the purchase of a wired dog fence is making the assumption that it will instantly resolve all your dog problems. Your dog fence is only as good as the training and consistency your dog receives during the introductory period. While adult and senior dogs can be taught to use an electric dog fence the fastest results are usually observed in young dogs. Learn more about training your dog to use an electric dog fence here”.

Electric Dog Fences Are A One-Way Solution

If your goal in installing a fence is not only to keep your dog contained but also to keep other dogs or predators away from your yard using an electric dog fence alone will not do the trick. This is very important if your area is rural or there are other dogs likely to enter the perimeter of your yard. If you want to learn about solutions to keep predators away take a look at this thread.

Electric Dog Fences Are Invisible!

Duh! Electric dog fences never block the view. The downside is that pedestrians, neighbors or service providers may have a sense of insecurity if your dog appears to be aggressive and there are no visible barriers. Many cities, aware of this situation often prohibit the use of electronic radio signal dog fences in front yards and require clear signing indicating the presence of a fence legible to those that approach the yard.

E-Collars Must Be Maintained

The success or failure in using an electric dog fence very much depends on a training tool that is reliable. the collar that receives the signal from the fence and delivers the training correction is battery-operated. This means it is up to you the owner to make sure that the batteries are fresh or frequently charged in the case of rechargeable collars. In addition, the owner must make sure the collar is properly fitted and the contact posts are making firm contact with the skin. In some instances this will require that you shave a portion of the dog’s fur. Without proper fit and maintenance of the collar dog owners will encounter issues with dog containment that will result in a dog that does not properly respond and will most likely escape his perimeter.

Electric Dog Fences Require Electricity

You can call us Captain Obvious if you wish but we need to remind you that your wire will only emit signals if it is plugged to power. If your area is prone to blackouts you might want consider connecting your fence unit to a backup battery to ensure your dog remains within their boundaries. We also encourage you to bring the dogs inside in the cases of severe weather with thunder and lighting even if your fence is electrified. When a dog is scared it may make poor decisions and cross the fence when spooked by sound.

Electric Fencing Solutions For Dogs Are Not For All Dogs

First let’s talk about trainability. If your dog does not respond to training through sound, vibration and correction you may decide to take another approach to containment. The goal at the end of the day is to have a happy dog. In addition to trainability you want to consider size. Electric dog fences are not a good choice for teacup breeds. In fact, if your dog is under five pounds you may want to avoid an electric dog fence altogether. Another instance where using electric containment may not be a good judgment call is when you are trying to contain an aggressive dog. In cases of aggressive behavior your best bet is to combine a physical fence with a training collar.

Electric Dog Fences Are Not Good For Blind or Deaf Dogs

Initial training for electric dog fences is purely visual. Through the use of flags your dog becomes familiar with the boundaries. If your dog can’t see it will not learn thus correction will prove fruitless. Similarly, dog fences provide a beep or sound alerting your dog of proximity to the perimeter. If your dog is deaf it will not recognize the warning. In such cases make sure the warning is through vibration instead of sound.

Electric dog fences have been used for over thirty years. The technology behind each collar and fence has improved tremendously and many collars allow you to adjust the level of correction to the training needs of your dog. Once you are ready to install your electric dog fence let our dog fence expert guide you through the selection and installation. By installing your own electric dog fence you can save thousands of dollars over a physical fence or an invisible fence outsourced installation.


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