I'd NEVER bother with one. They'd have zero effect on my hounds- they'd be through the barrier before I could blink. My guys have good recalls- but I would NEVER trust them around a street- one second of delay in "come-ing" could be the end of their life. Not worth it to me.
I'll stick to supervised, securely fenced backyards.
LifeoRiley, I didn't know there were different companies. This company is call Invisible Fence. I am in Fl. I don't know if that company you are talking about is here or not. I am really interested to see if it works.
My pups really don't try to leave the yard. Problem is I live on a 10 acre farm and about 2 acres of it is fenced just around the house and the rest are horse pastures. The horses have torn some holes in the fence and I have never seen them try to go through, but I would die if anything happened to them and I would like them to have some indepence. I am always on top of them making sure they are right where I want them to be. I have never worried about the farm dogs, but these guys do make me worry, they are babies.
Well said mafia. Like rabies, wild animals, if the dog DOES run out he may be afraid to reenter, dogs get electrocuted, dogs test the weaknesses of the fence. I wouldn't want to find out which catagorey my dog falls in. Unless it was 100% effective like a physical fence, I'm going to have to pass.
lol they are not that bad. Batteries on mine go dead every 2 years.
Now the first guy I talked to about the fence was a quack. His batteries went dead every 3 months, he didn't have an underground rod to protect from lightning, didn't have a backup generator, and was way more pricey than dogwatch. With dogwatch you are protected from lightning, if the elctric goes out it has a backup battery, and heck it looks alot nicer than a real fence!!
I had one in my old house (came with the house when I bought it) but ended up getting a post and rail fence with the wire mesh because it kept my dogs in but didn't keep the neighborhood dogs out. It was more of a pain than anything else. Just my opinion from someone who had one.
I'm 100% with Icy on this. Hounds- both scent and sight- are NOT going to be stopped by a minor and brief shock, not with all the training in the world, when they're tracking.
There are many, many breeds that they wouldn't work with because their prey drives are simply too high. Dogs with thick coats and high pain tolerances aren't going to do well with them. And really- so WHAT if you haven't had problems yet? It only takes ONE bad moment- one time the battery runs out of the equipment just plain fails- to bring disaster.
Regardless, pets need to be supervised outside. It's much easier to supervise a pet when you don't have to worry about OTHER animals, kids, and adults invading your yard- and a 6' high privacy fence is much more likely to stop THEM.
If you can't fence your entire yard- fence in a dog run. MUCH safer. MUCH cheaper. And MUCH less stressful.