We just moved to a new home and have a lot of land out back but we are near a busy road. I have done some research and have determined form other user forums that an underground pet fence system may be the way to go to keep my dog safe. Has anyone here ever installed one of these systems and do they work well? My dog is about 40 pounds and the system I am looking at is the PetSafe Comfort-Fit Deluxe In-Ground Fence System from pet-safe.com.
The only thing with underground fences is that while it confines your dog to an area, other dogs can get in and out freely which could be dangerous... Just something to keep in mind if you have neighboring dogs or children in the area.
Being in rescue, I have heard from many people that, invisable fencing is a lot easier when the company comes out and installs it for you (they also will help you train your dog to help show its boundaries) Let me know how it works out! =)
My in-laws had an underground fence and it didn't work. They had three dogs, a lab, golden, and cairn terrier. The cairn would not stay behind the fence, the shock did not bother him. They had the company out to tune the shock higher and higher, even then he'd just run through it. In the end they just turned it off and gave up.
I think it depends on what kind of dog you have. It has been my experience that they don't work well with Siberian Huskys. If a sibe wants to run, she runs, period. Also, the amount of fur around the neck seems to make a difference too. The collar must fit just right so the contacts meet the skin.