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Invisible Fencing

The simple means of using an invisible fencing system to keep dogs safe, could fit into anyone’s everyday, outdoor living style.


Dogs can easily become distracted and that can lead to straying from the safety of the yard, so we want to do everything we can to protect them.

Conventional fences have been known to work well for keeping dogs in the yard, but this type of fence might not be a good match for your needs. Sometimes a fence may not fit into the plans you may have for your yard. Traditional fences can be expensive and they have to be maintained. Some communities have code that won’t allow for a fence in the front yard. Kids may forget and leave the gate open. And, if you have a lot of acres for your dog to run in, a conventional fence may not be a practical solution. But a buried, or invisible, fencing system may be the answer.

These systems are easy to understand when we know the basics. Using a buried wire that defines the boundary area, the invisible fencing system provides one of the best ways for protecting your dog from straying out of the yard and also, from entering areas within the yard that you deed off-limits. It works for multiple dogs as well. Our brother and sister-in-law use this system in their yard and it gives them peace of mind to know that their large and very energetic lab is safe.

This type of system uses a small transmitter unit that can be located inside the house, garage, or basement. The buried wires that are installed in the yard are connected to this unit. In combination with the buried wires, the dog wears a special collar, when he/she is in the yard. This collar is part of the pet containment system. On the collar is a monitor box that will pick up a radio frequency signal from the buried wire when the dog gets near the edge of the boundary. Then a warning tone audible to the dog is emitted.

Training is a vital part of the invisible fence system. If the product you are looking at does not include training for your dog, you may want to keep looking. The best systems will come with professional installation, followed by professional hands-on training over a period of several days where the trainer will work one-on-one with your dog. The dog will be trained to recognize the warning signal and then to retreat from the warning zone to avoid receiving a safe, static-like shock (similar to the static shock you can get when touching a doorknob). The dog will learn to make the association of the warning tone and the boundary limits. The signal that is emitted surrounds the buried wire, so it keeps the dog from jumping over the boundary limits. Depending on your dog’s personality and nature, the width of the warning zone is adjustable. You and the trainer can decide what width (in feet) to make the warning zone.

Your dog wears a special collar-monitor as part of invisible fencing system

The flexibility of the buried wire system makes it very accommodating. You can create your own unique layout based on your specific needs. You can have the perimeter of your yard as the outer boundary and then create smaller boundary areas within the yard to keep the dog from entering, such as the vegetable garden, your prize-winning rose garden, and the busy driveway. The front and back yards can even be totally separate areas for closer monitoring of your dog’s activity.

Besides being a first line of protection for your dog’s safety, a buried wire pet containment system can give your dog more opportunity to run, play, and release energy.

And when the dog is indoors, every dog owner would have to agree that a relaxed dog is more fun to be around than an anxious dog. Our family had a large dog when we were kids, and this kind of system would have been a welcomed relief since our big yard did not have a traditional fence. So many times our collie would get out of the house and someone would have to run to retrieve him. And chasing a dog is really not safe, for the dog could run out into traffic.

You can take comfort that the invisible type fencing system can be a safe and kind pet containment system for your dog. You can be reassured by checking to see which systems are endorsed or recommended by the ASPCA. The best buried wire fencing systems will be designed with advanced technology to prevent other wires and frequencies in the area from interfering with your invisible fencing signals (your dog could get an unintentional shock), so look for that feature when doing your research. Also, be sure the system uses the warning tone for your dog to hear; if not, the dog would not be able to correct his/her behavior to avoid receiving a shock.



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