Friday, May 1, 2015

Invisible Dog Fencing: A Great Choice for your pets!

The Basics of Invisible Dog Fencing

As a dog owner, knowing that your dog is healthy, safe, and happy is a very rewarding feeling. It’s also a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly, which is why you invest in things that will keep your dog secure, such as fencing for your yard. Traditional fences can be sufficient in many circumstances, but a wireless or underground dog fence is another option to consider. If you’ve never used an invisible dog fence before, here are some of the basics that you need to know. This can help you decide if it’s a containment method worth pursuing for your dog and yard.

When Should You Use an Invisible Fence?
Invisible dog fences can be used in any yard or property, and they can be used anytime you need a containment method for your dog. Most of the time it’s personal preference, but there are some instances when an invisible fence is needed. For example, traditional fencing may not adequately contain dogs who like to dig underneath, escape artists who can jump or break through the fence, or aggressive dogs who would be a liability if they got out. In these cases, an invisible fence can be used to reinforce traditional fencing and act as a second layer of protection.

If you’re prohibited from erecting a traditional fence in your community, invisible fencing is a great alternative that allows your dog to roam free without a leash or chain. If you have a great view from your yard that you want to preserve, or you don’t want to hinder your own access to other areas of your property, an invisible fence is a great choice.

Should You NOT Use an Invisible Fence?
You should not use an invisible dog fence if your dog is younger than six months, pregnant, or very sick. In these cases, wait until your dog is older or back to regular health. If your dog is very aggressive, you should not rely on an invisible dog fence alone to keep them away from strangers or other animals.

Does It Work?
An electric fence for dogs emits a signal to the e-collar whenever your dog gets too close to the boundary. Most dog fence systems will issue a warning beep to tell your dog to stop. If your dog doesn’t heed the warning beep and gets to the boundary line, a mild corrective shock will let them know to turn back. This is effective for the majority of dogs, and most e-collars allow you to adjust the level of the static shock. Your invisible fence will be powered by electricity or solar power, and some systems have backup batteries. For an underground dog fence, the system’s main unit will notify you immediately if there is a break in the wire.

How Do You Choose the Right Fence?

There are many different electric dog fence systems, so it’s important to do your research before selecting one. Some systems are known to be more reliable than others, and reading wiredand wireless dog fence reviews online will help you evaluate them. Some things to keep in mind are the size of the area you want to enclose, and how many dogs you have and their sizes. You will also need to consider your preferences, such as if you want e-collars with rechargeable batteries, or if you want a system that has remote training capabilities, too.

How Much Does It Cost?

Top-of-the-line invisible dog fences can be purchased for as little as $300 total. If you hire a professional installer, you can expect to pay another $1200. Installing your own dog fence will save you lots of money, and it’s easy to do as a weekend project. When you have a large yard, you can save hundreds or thousands of dollars with an electronic instead of traditional fence. In order to power the fence, you can expect to pay an extra $1-2 on your electric bill per month. Extra e-collars can cost $100 each, and replacement batteries may run $20-40 per year. All-in-all, the invisible fence cost is very affordable and great for all budgets. 

If you do decide to go with a wired electricdog fence, it’s important to remember one last thing - the key to its success is completing thorough training with your dog. As long as you can commit to 15-30 minutes of daily training for up to two weeks, an invisible dog fence might be the right choice for keeping your dog safely on your property.

There is no cost too great to keep your beloved pet from harm's way! 

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1 comment:

John Zukowski said...

Would be interesting to do with a 100+ pound Newfoundland