There is a farm nearby that uses it, they have a few dogs AND cats using the fence, not one has ever gotten out and some of them are GSD and mixies.
My yard is impossible to fence in and dogs can jump fences anyway. Or dig under them. My cousins dog has escaped their fenced in yard many many times, he sneaks by when they come in the gate, he dug under it once. And why would I want a small dog run when he can run and play on an entire acre?
Dahs - make sure when you talk to the invisible fence company that they are going to give you protection from lightning/electricity and batteries that last AT LEAST a year. Anything less is no good. And make sure there is a warranty - dogwatch has a lifetime warranty.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 7/13/2005 11:14:33 PM*** Reason: because
Any of you ever felt that sting? On the lowest level? it is PAINFUL. I was holding the collar one day and forgot it was in my hand, I was getting the mail and damn... and it was only touching my pinkie. When it is on level 4 or 5, that has got to hurt. Most dogs are not going to want to feel that and will stay where they are supposed to. Riley does not go 10 feet near where the fence is - and you can make the shock start 30 feet away from it.
We had two acres invisible fenced for our dogs (a doberman and a rottweiler). It worked great for us. Neither one of them ever "escaped." Of course, we only used it when we were home. The dogs stayed in the house if we were gone.
gb - mine never stays outside if I am not home either. That would be crazy. When he is out there by himself I look out the window every 5 minutes. He usually just sleeps in the driveway, in a spot where he can see the entire yard and house. Little watch guy.
"What is an invisible fence besides a cheap way of confining your dog being pushed as safe and humane?"
Cheap? HA, I spent $1,100 on mine.. I'd hardly call that cheap. This is a bias article though, she has nothing positive to say about it.
Sure an animal can get into a yard that has an invisible fence, but so can an animal that has a fenced in yard. Most dogs find it very easy to jump a fence. And people, they can just open the gate.
Dogs can also escape yards that are fenced in. They can dig under, jump over... and you have no way of knowing unless you are watching their every move. If Riley were to leave my yard a siren would go off on the box.
Again, the dogs usually do not go anywhere near where their line is. If they do, you can start the shock up to 30+ feet away from the fence, that is a hell of alot of shock a dog would have to go through if he wanted to get out.
Most people it doesn't work because again, they are not training the dog correctly. You can't just go through and show them one day, then let them run free. It is a week or more of a process of training.
Also, it doesn't work when you buy the crap from petsmart or a cheap company. Some guys just install it and don't do a great job. If you get a professional who actually knows what he/she is doing and comes to help with training there should be no problem.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 7/14/2005 1:35:40 AM*** Reason: because i can
A few things about the fence. You say dogs with strong prey drive will go through it. I've had the fence for 4 years,and not once has Tigger ever gone through it.The dogs have to be trained properly to understand what's going on. They can't jump over the fence,no gates can accidently be left open for them to get out,they can't dig under the fence to get out,they can't run and hit a fence line,and kids can't tease them or poke fingers through a fence.To me this is worth every thing.As far as animals getting onto my property, well if they do,they are chased off , and neither one of my dogs are out unsupervised.The only time they are out is when some one is home with them.As far as batteries,they get changed once a year.It's the best thing i've ever done.Regular fences break,holes can be dug under them,dogs can climb them, gates can be left open and dogs get out,dogs can jump them, and dogs can die by hanging them self on the fence.I would rather have a e-fence any time.
Lastly my fence was professionally installed by Dog Watch . They contact me for new batteries once a year. The recievers are warrantied for life.My dogs where trained by Dog Watch , then I continued training my self.
We have one, i love it, because our lab loves to lay on our front porch and watch what is going on in the neighborhood, with the other fences he would have to be outback. He was also trained with this type of fence when we got him, so it made sence to get one here. However, i do not know what i will do with the puppy who is a dauhshund. i know they make collars for dogs under 10 pounds, well i guess i have a few months to figure it out.
i live in pa- not a lot of snow but some, once our dog was trained, he doesn't even think about crossing thru. I can go to the neighbors, call him and he will not cross, he wants to but won't. I haven't had any problems with snow. but we hardly ever have 3 or 4 feet of snow.