I have a fence for my big dog and for me its pretty hard to keep the snow from letting my dog walk right out of the fence seeing how he can clear something 5 feet high and the fence is only 6 feet high. I live in alaska and clearing the snow gets kinda hard. I was wondering if its safe for those invisible fences Ive heard of? are they safe? after my dog knows the boundries will he still try to exceed the limits? I dont want my dog hurt or scared for life or anything, I was just wondering if they work and are they safe to the dog and they people that run by my yard (my dog has a thing for going after ppl he doesnt know...long story)?
Well, I was so against these things until we moved in the country. Now I cannot figure out why I did not use them sooner! I was always under the impression that the dogs are constantly getting zapped. No, in the past year the only one getting zapped is my Woo-woo who thinks she can catch Huge Trucks, Bicycle riders and Helicopters. The zap on her collar is set at a sting. Much like when you accidentally touch an outlet or an open wire on an old extention cord. Not body racking, seizure inducing voltage. My others are on a lower sting because they are not as adventurous as my Woo-woo. When I had it first installed I zapped myself with all 6 collars on my wrist skin, I wanted to know what my babies would feel. There is also a boundry line of about 6 feet that beeps to let the dog know they are entering the "hot zone'. My dogs back up quickly and avoid any discomfort. The only thing I do not like about this fence is that stray dogs can enter your dogs space. Weird though, I have had very few do that. I wonder if the constant smell of my males marking keeps them out? Anyways, we are moving now to a bigger acreage and tomorrow the new invisible fance goes into the ground.
I like this method of keeping my dogs safe and give them complete freedom to run and play without being tied up or behind a fence they cannot see through.
Alot of people are against them, but like Jocquelle said, until you live in the country or in the middle of no where, you don't know how GOOD they are. I live in the country, in the middle of no where. My yard is a very odd shape and if I were to use a regular fence, Riley would lose a few acres of running. With the invisible fence is free to run and exercise on about 3 or 4 acres.
The whole key to the fence is the training. You MUST train them correctly. You MUST train them exactly word for word what the company tells you. When they tell you to train them for a week, you do it for a week, no exceptions.
I highly recommend the company Dog Watch. I do NOT recommend going out and getting one at petsmart to install yourself. It may be cheaper but you are asking for problems in the long run.
I have had my invisible fence since Riley was 6 months old, he's now over 1yr, and he has never tested it and nothing has ever gone wrong.
Ditto to the invisible fence,I love it. I've had it for for 4 years this past January,and I couldn't ask for any other better system. At times my dogs even go out with out their collars and stay with in the boundries.It's the best system out there.
I have been debating on getting an invisible fence. We have an electric fence that is not working and it circles like 6 acres and for the life of us we have tried everything to get it working and nothing. Two of our dogs will not even attempt to cross the wires because they have been around a while and know the fence was once hot. We have since added 3 new dogs to our land and they just run out the fence and stay out all day. They are young pups between 4-6 mo. and they are learning bad habits. I told my dh we need to get an invisible fence but he does not want to have to bury it in 6 acres. Do you guys know about how much it costs per acre to have these professional people do it? I think they would do a good. I would like to eventually separate like 2 dogs on 3 acres and 3 dogs on the other 3 acres and split our horses and goats. If any of you have paid to have the fence professionally installed Id love to get some input.
I thought about invisible fencing as well, but I wondered if a dog was brave (or crazy) enough to get past the initial zap for crossing the boundary would it continue to zap them or would they be free?
wra-nc I have been dealing with electric fence all my life. The whole key as long as you know your charger is good is to make sure it is not grounding out, something touching it.
Get a tester if you don't have one. You are charging a large area, so to find out what the problem is, separate sections and test each section at a time (starting with the one that goes to the fence box. Work on getting each section going one by one. By the end of the day, your sections are done and your fence is hot.
Weeds, trees, branches touching are normally a biggest problem, but some times it can be the wire touching a post instead of the insulator. Good luck.
Hi again. To answer your other questions about the e-fence. I had mine proffessionally installed by a company called Dog Watch ,through a local distributor . First they came out and told me all the ins and outs of the fence, how it works ,then looked at my land .The price for me to do a acre of land and 2 recievers was 1200.Not a bad price for piece of mind and my dogs have freedom to run.What's also nice is ,when my dogs play I usually take their collars off ,but if there's a lot of traffic on my street ,like people walking then i'll keep the collars on. Numerous times from rough playing they have busted the recievers up, but they are warrenteed for life ,they'll just replace the recievers ,and you send back the old one ,send you a notice to replace the battery ,the life of the battery is about one year , when the fence was first installed a trainer came out tp train my dogs. You just can't throw the dog out and expect the dog to understand what's going on.It takes time.
To answer some one elses question ,if the dog does go through the boundry the reciever wil only zap for about 10 seconds or so ,then shut off.It least mine does. My dogs wont get close enough for that to happen.If Tigger does get zapped ,i'll know because she'll hide for the rest of the day. It may happen about once a year if that.Dogs learn how close they can get.
rednosered....what if the fence quits working?? Do they come out to fix the wiring anytime or is that extra?? Wow, $1200 for 1 acre and two receivers seems steep to me..well I guess because I have 6 acres and 5 dogs :) Gees that would run me about $10,000 :) Thanks for giving me the figures...I will search and see what types of companies they have around here that install these underground fences.
Wra - I have the same thing as red. If the fence stops working you will know it, because there is a loud beep or siren that goes off. This happened to me and they came out immedietly and fixed it, for free. It comes with a lifetime guarantee. You can run over the collars and they will send you a new one for free. This is why I say go to the professionals and not something from petsmart.
Ditto to what Riley has said. Yes if the fence stops working there's actually a siren that goes off.The back part of my yard the fence is above ground so twice in 4 years the wire has broke ,once from a huge branch falling on it, and once where my brother inlaw accidently cut the wire when he was trimming our privat hedges. We found the brake and fixed it though. A loud siren went off both times. Dog Watch is a great company, and I highly recommend them over some Pet Smart System. If your looking into this type of system go with the proffessionals ,you'll have a warranty and piece of mind.Everything is installed in your home and the wire out side is layed underground ,along with a lightening rod , recievers and collars .
Okay thanks for the help, when i get a new house this summer I think that what Im gonna get for my dog, ill give it a try and hopefully it works. Im just hoping my dog doesnt resist it and get into a lot of trouble.