Wireless Pet Fence | Wireless Dog Fence & Containment - PetSafe
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Dogs can become afraid of leaving the property or even the house.
In the initial training portion of the installation of an invisible fence, flags are posted around the yard to designate the boundary. The dog learns that when he approaches the flags, the warning signal goes off, and if he goes past that, he gets shocked. Once the dog has learned the boundary, most people remove the flags. Even if not removed by the owner, the flags typically aren’t made to withstand any length of time in the elements. Once those flags are gone and there is no longer any physical boundary for the dog to see, it becomes difficult for the dog to know where the boundary is. He may become afraid to even go out into the yard because he can’t determine the boundary. This can lead to him becoming afraid to leave the house at all. Dogs may begin eliminating indoors and being fearful of going on walks or in the car (for which you ALWAYS have to remember to remove the electronic collar).
Photo provided by Flickr I hate those fences. I have a mixed pack of several breeds of dogs. Most of them would not do well in that type of fencing even if I thought that fencing was great. Anyway…..I have been walking my dogs at night only to have several dogs run right through the invisible fence and right at my dogs. My Malamutes and Pyrenees do ok with that. They put an end to the threat by knocking the attacking dog for a loop. Not the best scenario at all, but better than my dogs getting chewed alive. My Setter and Greyhound mix are another story and have been terrorized by dogs racing along the fence or charging thru the fence. I carry pepper spray for those times. I do not hesitate to blast an attacking dog with it any more than I would hesitate to blast an attacking dog owner! My neighbors used to have their yard fenced in with the invisible fencing and their dog was loose and in my yard at least once a day. My back yard is now totally visibly fenced in for my dogs. The front will be soon. Because i do have breeds of dogs that will dig, climb or leap over fences, I run a single strand of electric fence along the top of the fence, a jump off from the horse and goat fence. Along the outside bottom I have chicken wire flat on the ground with grass and other plants growing on top and through the wire which makes it almost impossible for mine to dig out, or loose dogs to dig in. Even when they are behind the fence, my dogs are not outside when I am not at home or awake. Even my Livestock Guardian dogs are only outside when I am at home. If a person insists on using the invisible fence, they need to stay outside while the dog is outside or maintain some sort of constant supervision on the dogs while outside.
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The saying is “fences make good neighbors,” but not all fences create the intended result, especially when it comes to our dogs. Unfortunately some dog parents live in residential developments that don’t allow physical fences or have large acreage that makes it financially difficult to fence in. In these types of situations, many dog owners will look at invisible fencing to keep their dog contained in the yard.Invisible fencing relies on negative punishment for training instead of positive rewards.
Because the dog must experience pain from the shock of the collar to learn its boundaries, the dog may learn to associate that pain with something other than the invisible fence. A happy, social dog may turn fearful or aggressive after getting shocked over and over again when it runs to the boundary to greet another dog or person walking near the yard. The dog learns to associate other dogs and people with pain. This leads to pent-up frustration and aggression that can result in more barking, growling and lunging at the boundary and may become dangerous to visitors, delivery personnel and even family members. Neighbors, children or people who regularly walk near your home may also become fearful of your dog if he is lunging, barking and growling at them, and they see no physical barrier to the dog reaching them.Invisible fences may keep your dog in your yard, but it doesn’t keep other dogs, predators or people out.
Your dog may learn not to leave the yard, but an invisible fence provides zero deterrent to keep out other dogs, pets, wild animals and people. Other dogs can come into the yard and fight with your dog, other pets such as cats can enter the yard and be hurt or killed by your dog, and wild animals such as foxes or coyotes can easily access your dog. Stealing pets also has become a lucrative criminal activity, and anyone can come into your yard and steal your dog. Stolen dogs are often sold to other people, sold for medical research or used for dog fighting. Your dog also can be taunted or tormented by anyone coming by.Some dogs may never experience any of these negative behaviors or situations, but he will be in the minority. Consider if you are willing to bet on your dog not developing issues caused by an invisible fence. Is it worth the many hours and expense of re-training your dog if he does develop behavioral problems, gets attacked or is stolen? A physical fence is always a better choice than an invisible fence. If it isn’t possible for your situation, the better choice is to always take your dog out on a leash or fence just a small portion of your yard that your dog can enjoy.