We are considering an invisible wireless fence for our backyard. We have 2 Beagles ages 2 yrs and 3 months. My husband and I both work at home and have plenty of time for training, however, just knowing these dogs, and how stubborn they can be when outdoors is of concern to me. They listen well while indoors, but as anyone with Beagle experience knows, once they catch onto a smell that they are curious about, they just go with it. Does anyone have any experience with this situation? Any input would be helpful. Thanks
Unless you are going to put the invisible fence inside of another fence it isn't going to do you any good. They learn real fast that it only hurts for a moment when they are running though it and once they get past a certain point it doesn't hurt anymore. Most of the time when they get a scent they are running so fast that they don't even notice the shock, because they enter and leave the shock zone so fast. Now if it is inside of another fence and you are trying to keep them from digging out it would work. They aren't going to stay in the shock zone long enough to dig a hole. That is my experece with invisible fences and beagles.
As a breeder of beagles, I won't place any of our dogs in a home with invisible fencing. My dogs are well-trained, I've even gone High in Trial in obedience, but I would never trust invisible fencing to contain my dogs. A beagle's instinct to follow a scent is too strong and they're too stubborn/independent to respond to the invisible fencing. Fencing serves two purposes: to keep the dog in the yard and to keep other animals or people out of the yard. Invisble fencing may be suitable to contain some breeds but it offers no protection for your pet from the outside.
Thank you all. You'll never believe what JUST happened........We were having supper and the family across the road (who happen to also have a beagle, which was on it's tie-out with the family in the front yard) was attacked by a medium sized pit bull. It was the most frightening thing to see. I ran right over and thier dog is OK, but could have been a lot worse. I will not be taking that risk with the invisible fence, we will just wait the extra couple of months and install a real fence. Thank you all for your replies.
I tried the invisible fence for my 13 yr old dog. When it was half buried i decided to try it out. It starting zapping my dog when he was in the middle of the yard. I took the collar of and it zapped me. I took it back the next day.
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This invisible fence thing is kind of irratating me a little bit.I very rarely reply,but I felt this was needed.One for the person who was zapped in the middle of the yard,are you sure of the amount of feet you had the field set on?In other words the field can be set on as much as 25 feet from the buried fence. Mine is set 7 feet from the buried fence,the fence is buried right up to the road,which allows my dogs to go to the very edge of the property.Two the dogs have to be trained to understand how the fence works. You just can't put them out there and expect them to understand what this is . I have 2 APBT,one who is so dog aggressive ,she hates the smell of other strange dogs,with immense prey drive. She was trained properly by a Hudson Valley Boundry trainer,she wont risk getting shocked. It's mental for both of my dogs. There can be people and dogs across the street,they wont risk the shock.Lastly 3 ,a proffessional installed fence works 100% better then the cheap store bought ones.Our nieghbor had a store bought one,he brought it back it never worked,he had a proffessional one installed,his Boxers never leave the property.