Sunday, May 3, 2015

Is an Electronic Fence Right for Your Dog?

Remember my in-laws little car seat for their dog? LOL!
They do all they can to keep this dog, and their other dog too,
as safe as possible. That includes an electric fence in their yard!

My in-laws live in the country, but they also live on the corner lot, where two roads intersect. Though the streets are by far not what you would classify as 'busy,' they do get their fair share of traffic, and definitely pose a danger for their dogs, should they get loose and run off.

If you own a dog, you know that their safety and well-being are your responsibility, and you’d do whatever it takes to care for them. If you’re fortunate enough to have a yard for your dog to roam, you must make sure your dog stays on your property. An electronic dog fence is a versatile and reliable tool for keeping your dog safe in your yard. That's what my in-laws use, and it's been amazingly wonderful for them in keeping their dogs safe, and giving the peace of mind.

How do you know if it’s right for your dog? Here are some guidelines to consider, as well as tips for selecting the right dog fence if you decide to purchase one.


Does Your Dog Like to Dig?
One of the biggest problems with traditional fencing is that dogs who like to dig can burrow right underneath and escape. Digging dogs require constant supervision in the yard, because no matter how many times you fill in the holes they dug to escape, they can dig them again. Invisible fencing is an excellent way to keep digging dogs in the yard. It can be buried right along your existing fence line, and your dog’s e-collar will beep first then emit a mild, corrective shock when they get too close to the fence. With an electric dog fence, they’ll be unable to dig their way to freedom anymore.

Does Your Dog Like to Chase/Hunt?
Dogs with a strong prey drive can also be difficult to contain in the yard. Even if you have a fence in place or if your dog typically doesn’t wander, the presence of prey can cause them to bolt. Hunting and chasing can be deterred with an invisible dog fence. If you already have a traditional fence, invisible fencing can be used as reinforcement to prevent your dog from getting over or through the fence when it’s determined enough to catch something on the other side.

Do You Live on a Farm or Ranch?
If you need to keep your dog separated from things like a chicken coop, other livestock, farm machinery, or away from a pond or well, an invisible fence is one way to do it. Invisible fencing can create barriers to keep your dogs out of any areas you choose - without creating an obstacle for you or other animals, or blocking your line of sight on your property. Invisible fences are also great for enclosing large areas. Some electronic dog fences can inexpensively enclose up to 100 acres of land.

Is Your Dog Aggressive?
Very aggressive dogs shouldn’t be trusted with only an invisible fence. The main problem is that strangers, children, or other animals can unknowingly cross over the invisible fence boundary, putting themselves in danger. If you have an aggressive dog, it’s better to use a combination of a traditional fence and an electronic dog fence. Two layers of protection is the best way to contain aggressive dogs who would be a liability if they were to escape.

Is Your Dog Sick, Pregnant, or Younger than Six Months?
Dogs who are pregnant, very sick, or younger than six months should not use an invisible dog fence. Wait until your dog is older than six months or back to regular health before training them to use an invisible fence.


How to Select an Electronic Dog Fence
It’s important to purchase an electronic fence that’s reliable and appropriate for your dog and yard. Professional fencing companies can help you, but you will likely pay at least $1200 for installation. If you want to save money, it is possible for anyone to install their own electronic dog fence. Before you DIY, carefully reading undergrounddog fence reviews and wireless dog fence reviews can help you select a system. If you have a dog under 20 pounds, you’ll need a system that has an e-collar designed for small dogs. Stubborn dogs may require e-collars that have varying levels of correction. You will also need to consider the acre-capacity of each system to make sure it will work with the size of the area you want to enclose.

Different electronic dog fences have different features, so it’s a good idea to consider what’s most important to you. Do you want e-collars with rechargeable batteries? Do you want a system that has battery backup in case your electricity goes out? Thoroughly researching dog fence systems will ensure you get one that works for your dog(s) and your yard.

Finally, remember that the most important aspect of any invisible dog fence is training. As long as you consistently follow the training instructions, your dog will learn to respect their new boundaries quickly and happily. After all, dogs enjoy knowing they’re safe and secure, too. 

82 comments:

  1. I had a dog at one time who was an escape artist! We lived in an apartment and usually used a leash unless he made a break for it before the leash was attached--then I could be seen running after him and him stopping only at streets (my Dad taught him to look both ways before crossing)-looking back at me-laughing--then taking off again!! He also escaped from a Vets yard--luckily he found his way home-the Vet was hysterical!! Wags knew where he lived and it was not at the Vets!! As for electric fences--yes I agree with them!!!!!!!

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    1. My gram had a black Lab who loved us and followed us home one time. We didn't even know (we lived a few blocks away, had to cross one big, busy street!). My mom just happened to open the door for something right after we got home and saw him... she called my gram to make sure Midnight was missing from her house. My gram didn't even know, lol!! Silly dog. :)

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  2. We had one dog who wouldn't leave the yard no matter what, no fenced needed. She'd never step foot out of the driveway. Another who was a dunce and thought cars should stop for him. None dug much though, so the normal fence worked

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    1. That's awesome when a dog WON'T leave the yard. :)

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  3. I can't get over the carseat for a dog! I love it haha.

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  4. We dont' have a dog - unfortunately, but if we did, I do not think we would get a fence. That little dog is do darn cute! He does look a little nervous despite his car carrier. :)

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    1. They'd just gotten him when I took that picture, that was awhile back now. He probably was a little apprehensive because everything around him was new. :)

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    1. I'm wondering if our next door neighbors have one. We have a decorative fence their dog could easily get through to get into our yard, but it never even tries. I"ll have to ask them.

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  6. Ranger is a Jack Russel mix. He can jump a six foot fence and climb over a 9 foot fence. He's gotten out of dog runs that have a concrete bottom and chain link on all sides (including the top!). An electric fence was the only way. I use a a non-wire electric fence. The area is a bit smaller than if we had a wired fence but we can take it with us when we visit family.

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    1. That's a great feature that you can pick it up and go when you leave home!

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  7. One of my neighbors has an electric fence and their dogs have done really well with it!! My sweet pup isn't allowed out by herself or I would get her one too!!

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    1. I'm thinking that might be what our neighbors have too, though I never thought about it until this post. :)

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  8. Years ago, when our Little Bit was very young, we put her in our fenced backyard to go somewhere. When returned she had dug under the fence and say laying in our front yard waiting for us. She was so very proud of her accomplishment.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. Isn't it funny that she thought she was doing good? LOL Glad she stayed put in the front yard instead of roaming. :)

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  9. Our neighbors have an electronic fence for their dog and it seems to work great! Their dog is pretty calm and smaller though, I think I would be more worried if the dog was much larger or was aggressive, since a stranger wouldn't know if there was an electronic fence.

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    1. That exact point is noted here too. It is important to make sure this type of fence is a good fit for your particular pup, definitely.. :)

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  10. I have never heard of Electronic Dog Fencing before so I have never really considered it. We do have just a normal fence and haven't had any issues with our dogs, but then again they do tend to be more indoor pets.

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    1. Ours were always indoor pets when I was a kid growing up too. Now that we live in the country, if we had dogs, I'm sure they'd be outside a lot more. :)

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  11. I think an electric fence is a great idea if you have a dog that roams. I have never used a electric fence but I would if needed.

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    1. Some dogs really do seem to have an inclination for wanting to roam.

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  12. We don't have an electric fence, or a dog, but I wish our back neighbor's would have that kind of fence. They have 2 fighter dogs. Nothing has ever happened, but there was a time where the dogs would look at our boys like they were lunch.

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    1. I'd want a 12 ft. concrete fence if that was going on, oy!

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  13. Thanks for this post! I always wondered how electric fences worked. My dog stays in the house and we have a fence around the back yard so I don't need a electric fence but this is very interesting.

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    1. It does work for my in-laws and they have very happy dogs. :)

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  14. Thanks for this post. I have actually been considering once since our pup has gotten out of the gate twice. I am weighing the pros and cons on it currently.

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    1. That's what I would do too, Victoria. I think it's different for every situation/dog. :)

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  15. I am dogless, but am thinking I would like to put one of these around my partner until he is better. And then I read point 5. What the hell, it is for his own good.

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    1. lolol!!!! If he's split a stitch trying to hook up wires, well... that might be just what the dr. ordered. ;) KIDDING! And I hope he's resting now and allowing himself time to heal up!!

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  16. The car seat for the dog is an ingenious idea... I love it... that's a smart way to care for your dog while driving ♡ xox

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    1. That little seat makes me laugh, Launna. :)

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  17. I don't know, Rosey... There's something about the words corrective shock that has me lean toward a definite no-no. But I'm a cat person, so what do I know, right?

    How are you?

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    1. I felt just like that, about the corrective shock too, until my MIL got the fence. Only took one time for her dogs to learn not to cross, and now they don't worry about them getting killed by the cars on both sides of their house. She's got happy dogs, and they love to be outside, which that fence allows them to do, so I've reconsidered my position. :)

      I'm fine here, thanks for asking. Thought about you a few times since reading your post. Hoping all's well with you!

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  18. I haven't heard about invisible dog fence, but it sounds like a great way to keep your dog from escaping. We don't have any pets yet, but keep this product in mind for the future.

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  19. I'm not a dog owner at the moment so I don't know, I would need to look into the pros and cons of having one from more people before making a choice. Electronic fence sounds friendly, but is it? That would be my concern. You've definitely given me some food for thought on the issue.

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  20. I think electronic fences are a great idea. Our neighbor has one and after running into it once or twice they knew the boundries and knew where to go.

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  21. I've never even thought about an electric fence for our dogs! I'll have to bring this up with my husband.

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  22. My sister has one of these fences. It's awesome for keeping her dogs safe!

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  23. I had no idea there was such a thing as an electronic dog fence! Thanks for introducing me to this... it would be very useful to us.

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  24. An electric dog fence would be great -hmmm...but sometimes we get snow as high as our 6 ft wooden fence, I'd have to check into that- then we have to keep the dogs in another part of our yard - our 15 yr old was a digger and we fixed that - and he was also a jumper - we did fix that -

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    1. I know someone who had a dog that could climb and get over a 6ft fence... and he did, often. It was funny to watch if you were right there (he had no discretion about trying to climb in front of an audience, lol) but scary too, because he would leave if he got over the fence too, which worried them crazy.

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  25. I do not have a dog but I would like it would be a nice option and solution for dogs not to run away. We always had regular wooden fences for our dogs while growing up.

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  26. We are thinking that one day we would have an invisible for our dogs. Right now we have a wooden one that seems to keep them in!

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  27. This is a really neat idea. Would be so handy.

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  28. Very helpful to anyone thinking about installing an electric fence for their dogs. Is it expensive?

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. Prices vary according to need, but it's not terribly expensive.

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  29. We wanted to get an electric fence for our dog. We finally got a real fence finished!

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  30. So much great information here. It answered a lot of questions I've always had.

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  31. We have an electric dense for our dog. At first it confused him and he'd stand there barking at nothing but he got use to it.

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  32. This post is really great timing for me! We just spent the afternoon re-designing our existing fence line for our dog. He's a 200lb St Bernard and very friendly, but also really bad about running up to people and being excited which scares the pants off of anyone who doesn't know him. I think we might consider an electronic fence as an additional deterrent for our physical fence with him.

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    1. We have neighbors across the street who have two St. Bernard dogs. They've only gotten out of their fence once that I know of, and were crossing back and forth across the road. I heard cars beeping.... when I saw what was going on, I went over to tell the neighbor. They saw me knocking on their door and both came to investigate who I was and why I was on their property. They seemed friendly too, but there was def. a moment of 'oh my goodness,' going on when they (the dogs) approached the yard, lol. Luckily their 'mom' was home and she instantly shooed them back into the yard and shut the gate. ;)

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  33. I probably need this for my Yorkie. We have a fence but it blew down a few weeks ago. Our neighbors have ago iron rod fence in their front yard a gonna lil doggie can squeeze through. He loves to run. My other dogs will come when called.

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  34. We live in a two bedroom apartment so we only have fish. I have often made jokes about getting one of these for the neighbours kids who keep coming over lol I know a few friends who have used this and they seem to like it.

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  35. I wish we had one of these. We don't have a fenced in yard so it would be so helpful.

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  36. I believe that one of my brothers have one for their dog, but I'm not sure. However, I don't really need one since my dog is mostly an indoor dog. I can see how it's beneficial for other pet owners, though.

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  37. I don't have a dog at the moment but my parents have two. They have an electric fence as the dogs kept wandering onto neighbouring properties and the road.

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  38. This is great information and I am going to pass this on to a friend. She has two dogs and this would work much better for her than what she is doing now.

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  39. I've never heard this electronic fence before, good to know thank you for sharing this.

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  40. I;ve thought about this before, but my dog is such a spaz, he would be out there barking at everything. We usually only take him out when he's with one of us.

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  41. That's a first for me an electronic fence what a shock ...boom boom! couldn't resist that :-)

    Have a shocktastic day Rosie ;-)

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  42. Our dog had an electric fence- but he recently got attacked by a dog that was pose without a leash/fence (so he is strictly indoors now)! I strongly believe that dogs should be kept up safely- a lot of dogs who really need and electric fence don't have one!

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  43. Our dog is small and we have a regular fence that works fine but I had a neighbor whose dog kept jumping his fence, he was so worried he would be hurt. Great tips on how to know if one is right for your dog!

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  44. We don't have a dog *and with a baby on the way, we wont be getting one anytime soon either ... but, I have always thought I would do more research when the time came as to if an electronic fence would be right for us...

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  45. We have had an electric fence previously. The biggest problem we ran in to was when the batteries ran out! Then the dogs would go AWOL every single time!

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  46. I love the dog in the carseat. That totally made my day I love it!!! HA HA if I get a dog I want that dog seat!!! LOL

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  47. This is interesting. I think an electronic fence would solve many problems to dog owners

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  48. I have dogs and when they were still babies they used to run and escape ha-ha they thought I was playing with them when chasing. Good thing they are all disciplined but I just got a new one and I need this!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  49. It is a great way to stop dogs from escaping. I heard lots of horror stories when dogs escaped and ran out

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  50. Great tips, I never thought about fencing not being suitable for ever type of dog but I can see why.

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  51. You raise many good points that people don't often consider. Invisible fences are popular in my area, and I hope all the owners are aware of these points.

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  52. I hate to be a downer here, but I just don't agree with an electric fence at all. It sounds so inhumane. But, that is just my point of view.

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  53. Is the teeny furbaby in the car yours and the other your in-laws furbaby? The teeny is super cute! And that's rare for me because I am always attracted to and always owned 'big breeds' like German Shephards and Rottweilers! :-)

    Great tips!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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    1. None of the above are mine. The little guy is my in-laws and the others are used with permission from the site you get when you click them. :)

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  54. This was a pretty interesting post. I definitely find it quite controversial and won't state my perspective but you did make some great points.

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  55. While we don't have any dog.. so I wouldn't know.. I do think it still depends on various things

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  56. This was a good article on electronic fences.

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  57. This is a great article with tons of good info. I will have to refer to this (because I am trying to convince my husband to get a dog!!).

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  58. My neighbors have one and it works really well for their dog. We have thought about getting one for our boxers, but ended up just building them a fenced in area in the back yard.

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  59. We had an electronic fence for two dogs we had 17 years ago, but since then had a physical fence installed for the two dogs we have now. The electric fence was a lifesaver for us.

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  60. I've always wondered how electric fences work – they were helpful for training the dogs of my neighbor. And, I like some of the safety aspects of it. However, I don't know if this is something I could choose for my own pooches.

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  61. I don't think I need an electronic dog fence for our dog since we don't live in a farm nor can he dig anywhere here.

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