How Do Invisible Dog Fences Work?
Invisible dog fences are something of a controversial issue, due to the fact that they use an electric shock to keep a dog in the fenced in area.
There’s an unfortunate conflation that occurs with shock collars, which are generally considered inhumane, due to the fact that both use electrical current as a deterrent from the dog leaving the area you want to keep them confined to.
They’re extremely safe overall. The charge generated isn’t as direct as most people imagine when they hear them referred to as “electric fences” and is instead a static discharge.
If you’ve ever tried to get off a trampoline in your socks on a dry summer day then you know exactly what will happen: a quick snap that’s surprising with minimal pain.
In addition, most of them will have various settings to accommodate a wide range of dogs and with some training, you can actually get down to a minimal shock which will just be a gentle reminder that a dog isn’t supposed to leave the immediate area.
We’ll talk about training towards the end of the article, just be aware that you can’t just throw one of these fences down and hope your dog understands why they’re being shocked. It’s still going to take some effort on your part.
Wireless or In-Ground?
The biggest distinction in your fencing is going to come with the two different types of invisible dog fence.
Wireless fences are the easiest to use. They use a radio transmitter and allow for a certain radius of movement within them. Unfortunately, they can also be a little bit more difficult to “fine-tune” and they may not be the best option if you’re planning on keeping your dog out of a pond or a specific area in the yard like your vegetable garden.
If you move regularly, or you’re not too worried about specific areas, however, the convenience and ease of use may outweigh the relatively minor cons when it comes time to pick a fence.
In-ground fences are more complex to install, but allow for a great amount of customization when you’re putting them in. If you have an irregularly shaped yard or even if you’re just trying to keep the dog out of a specific area they’re an ideal solution.
They’re also a lot more stable, if you need some super well-defined boundaries then you should take a closer look at these. You’re going to need to get digging, however, and they’re much more difficult to repair or replace due to their nature.
Wireless fences are best for those who aren’t concerned with being able to shape their boundaries.
In-ground invisible fences are best for those who are planning on making more complex arrangements with their fence.