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Are Invisible Fences the Answer For You?

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Just about all dog owners have to consider the issue of containment for their dogs.  Allowing a dog to run loose is a sure way to invite trouble.  Your dog could be killed, injured, picked up by animal control, cause damage or harm to property or other animals or people.  That makes it imperative for every dog owner to find a good way to keep their dog safely contained, at home.

One way to keep your dog at home is by using an invisible fence.  If you’re not familiar with how an invisible fence works, a wire is buried along the perimeter of the property, that you wish for your dog to remain.  PWF00 11923 Rock2 300x200 Are Invisible Fences the Answer For You?A transmitter is installed in a quiet location near the boundaries.  This transmitter emits a radio signal, along the wire.

Your dog wears a special lightweight collar, which emits and gives a warning signal when the dog gets too close, to the set boundaries. If the dog ignores the warning signal and tries to cross the boundaries of the invisible fence line, then the collar puts out a slight shock, similar to what you receive if you create static electricity and touched a metal doorknob. The feeling isn’t enough to hurt the

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dog but it does get his attention. Dogs are trained for 2-3 weeks, so that they learn where the invisible fence boundaries are, with the use of flags in the yard. There are many positive things about using invisible fences. They work very well for keeping most dog breeds, contained in their yard. Dogs are trained to respect the boundaries and the warning signal.

Once they learn where the boundaries are they don’t usually try to leave the yard. By contrast, some dogs contained inside fences don’t respect the fence. They may keep trying to find ways to get out. Invisible fences can also work for multiple dogs, provided each dog is wearing the special collar. Invisible fencing also works well with cats.

Invisible fences are movable, as well. You simply take the transmitter and dog’s collar with you and have new wire installed, at the new location. Invisible fencing claims an extremely high success rate, when it comes to containing pets — as high as 99.5 percent.

ZND 1000 Extra Indoor Pet Barrier 300x200 Are Invisible Fences the Answer For You?Invisible fencing can even be used indoors to keep pets from going into certain areas of the home.

There are, however, concerns about using invisible fences.  Some people don’t like the idea of using a collar that emits a shock to the dog, for training purposes, even if it is a mild and brief sensation.  One of the biggest criticisms, of the invisible fence, is the fact that it keeps the owner’s animals inside the fence but it does nothing to keep stray animals or people out of your yard.  Your dog could be enclosed but your other animals could come and go in and out of your yard.  Although most dogs trained to stay inside an invisible fence obey it and remain inside, there are always exceptions.  Some dogs may be hard to train and insist on going through the boundary line.  If the transmitter or collar stops working, your dog might be tempted to go for a run.  A strong willed dog or hunting dog may be insistent to chasing something outside of the boundaries and be willing to handle the temporary vibration, in order to go after what it chooses i.e. cat, squirrel, human, dog etc.

Many veterinarians and dog professionals recommend invisible fences to dog owners. Do research and discuss any concerns with an Invisible Fencing Company. Ultimately it’s up to a dog owner to decide whether or not they would feel comfortable trusting their dog’s safety to the invisible fences.

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