Are electronic dog fences considered inhumane? Are they expensive?

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Thanks NCSU, you answered a lot of questions that I had. So then is a leash ok? My yard is very hilly, not sure how a fence would work.

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    7 Responses to “Are electronic dog fences considered inhumane? Are they expensive?”

    1. Liam Smith says:

      I wouldnt really advice you using electronic dog fences because it will hurt a dog so I would consider it as inhumane. Especially that there is other ways to keep your dog from leaving your property such as dog training. The training is very easy and only takes a short while because dogs are innately fast learners.

      I recommend that you watch my 2 minute dog trainer video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AnM7AokdSI which will give you important tips regarding on how to care and train your dog.

      Remember that training is the best way to let your dog understand what is the things that pleases you and will earn him praise or a reward. Dogs want to constantly please their owners, all you need to do is to personally give them the proper training ( which is very easy )to make them understand you. – Hope my advice helps!

    2. Burning. Down. Neverland. says:

      Everything is inhumane if you don’t use it right. And yeah, they can be expensive.

    3. SifuGreg says:

      Akita and Bean are correct. They are not inhumane if they are trained properly. What is inhumane is installing one and expecting the dog to figure it out. I’ve seen dogs turned into neurotic messes. There is a reason the "Invisible Fence" brand is so expensive, they spend days working with the dogs and owners to train the boundary both visually and auditory all which happen before electronic stimulation. So, if you are looking to save money by installing yourself, follow these simple rules.
      1. Don’t buy cheap hardware and make sure it has an audible warning before correction and
      2. Work with a knowledgeable trainer to help you train the boundary correctly so your dog learns to respect it.

    4. Frfff Frdeerr says:

      They r probably expensive and freaken hurt the dog train then dont him them

    5. Bean Bean says:

      No they are NOT inhumane when used properly.
      Yes they are expensive.

      You may want to consider that they are also not fool proof and some dogs will run through them anyways, and they don’t keep other dogs or wildlife out of your yard

    6. Future Akita Breeder says:

      They can be expensive, it depends on the brand. However, they are not inhumane if you train them right. do not trick the dog into getting shocked, but train it to stop when he hears the noise. Don’t make him get shocked deliberately.

    7. NCSU Happy Dog says:

      If you are speaking of an underground electric fence, and not a "hot" tensile wire fence, there are further questions to be raised. A greater consideration is that they are not a reliable means of confining and restraining your dog. MANY dogs, no matter their size, age, sex, or breed, decide the moving car, darting squirrel, tasty smelling litter, strange dog, or spitting cat outside of the boundary are MUCH better than staying in their yard, even if it is gonna hurt running through that high voltage fence.

      Behavioral problems often result from use of electric fencing, instilling anxiety, fear and/or aggression in dogs. Delivery and service people get bitten by dogs that have become territorial, even towards friendly visitors, and they grow frustrated or afraid as they must watch as all kinds of stimuli just walk or run by or through their yard. You can’t prevent what comes in your yard, only that your dog can’t go out of it…and again, this is not a reliable feature as he/she may go through it anyway. Stray dogs, urban wildlife, children, and people you are unfamiliar with are all risks that could enter your yard or reach across the boundary when you rely on electric fencing.

      Some less obvious risks are: more "treats" and possibly toxic or irritating things are fed to dogs by passers-by, more uninvited petting, teasing, hitting, or throwing things for the dog, and other exposure you can control much less than you could if you only had your dog out when leashed or in a physically fenced in yard.

      Dogs will get burn marks where the electric prongs are against their skin, from staying at the shock boundary for long periods, testing the fence voltage strength or focused on a stimulant outside the boundary. Skin burns also result from running through the fence repeatedly. Sometimes, hair follicles are permanently damaged and hair can’t grow back and skin is scarred where the collar’s electric prongs shocked the dog after long-term use.

      I’ve seen many dogs in bite quarantine because a child ran into the yard and scared them, or a service man walked into the yard while their owner wasn’t in the yard with them and they felt the need to protect their family and home. Normally sweet and social dogs that could not understand why people or critters kept invading their yards, alarming and scaring them. They are then labeled "unpredictable" dogs that bit someone "totally unprovoked" and no one knows why they would "turn" like that on a poor defenseless child or an old family friend. The worst hit by car cases I’ve seen were dogs that ignored their shocking collars to chase a cat or car through the neighborhood, some lucky enough only to lose a limb or eye, but most didn’t survive.

      Electric fencing is less costly to your wallet initially, compared to a physical barrier fence of wood, vinyl, or metal, but in the long term it is not worth the risks. It can be costly to your dog’s life if he’s attacked by other animals or people, teased, or hit by car, and costly to a stranger who scares or threatens your dog and gets bitten. Electric fences are less predictable and reliable as well as less expensive.

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