Installing an invisible dog fence can be an option for people who have no means of fencing their yards. Under some circumstances, using a traditional fence is virtually impossible, such as when a stream crosses your property, or when part of your yard is used by the entire community.
There are several options to consider if you are in the market for a quality electric dog fence. One of them is to get a physical option, which means that you will have to install a wire in the ground so that it transmits the signals to the dog’s collar. The other choice you have available is to go for a wireless fence, but we do have to note that this type might be less reliable compared to the other.
Despite having been developed back in the 1970’s, invisible dog fences that need to be installed in-ground are still considered better compared to their wireless counterparts. This is due to the fact that most modern invisible models rely on GPS or a wireless transmitter. It’s easy to see what might happen if the transmitter malfunctions.
Even with physical fences, you will have to supply the batteries to the pet’s collar or charge it regularly to ensure that it functions properly. One of the concerns of prospective buyers is the type of ‘shock’ received by the pet. Needless to say, shock collars come in many shapes and sizes these days and are very different in terms of the features they have.
While some do have electronic shocks, others are only equipped with vibration and sound modes. What this means is that your pet, in case he or she responds to such mild stimuli, will feel a vibration around his or her neck each time he or she approaches the boundaries of your property.
There is an ongoing debate as to whether electric fences are actually right for dogs. One of the downsides is that exactly this type of process can lead to bad habits. If you use the collar before having put it on your dog for at least a week, you accidentally make him or she believe that the collar is at fault for every little shock. And let’s face it — that’s true.
Don’t think that dogs are gullible or can’t understand that the device they are carrying around their necks is responsible for those shocks. In such an event, the pet will do its best to get rid of the collar. And if he or she does go beyond the limits of your property and notices that the shocks and vibrations have disappeared, escape might be associated with relief.
As a final note, using such a type of electronic system can indeed prevent your pet’s moves. But it cannot prevent other animals or even other people from trespassing and get on your property. Sometimes, a traditional fence or a very roomy dog crate can be better than such a device, as long as you don’t use the crate for too many hours.