Do labrador retrievers and invisible fences work well together?


I am about to buy a house. I love my lab a lot. I would hate for him to get loose, but one of houses I really like cannot be fenced in. I like it, but not enough to endanger my dog. Will invisible fence work for us?

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10 Responses to “Do labrador retrievers and invisible fences work well together?”

  1. Pet Stop Of Charleston S.C. says:

    This website can answer all your questions. It even has a dealer locator on it so you can enter your zipcode and find your local dealer. They can answer any further questions and give you a price for installing one. I am a Pet Stop dealer and have installed on labs many many times before with not one single problem.

  2. Carrie O says:

    I just put in an invisible fence a few weeks ago for my lab, and it has worked out great. She is 1.5 years old, very exuberant, high energy, and she will NOT go near the edge of the boundary after just the first lesson. We have the "zones" system inside too, and have had it for many months, so she is familiar with the collar, and knows that the warning beeps mean "get back or you will be shocked." So she had a head start for her training of the fence. She was only shocked one time inside and then avoided her boundary areas, inside and out. I know some people have trouble with their dog running through, but you can set the perimeter of the fence higher so that there is a longer warning area, and it will be harder for the dog to ignore the warning and eventual shock. I also think that if you make sure your dog really understands the rules of the invisible fence, they will not run through, but that is just my opinion.

    Also, one person said that if someone came onto your yard and was injured you’d be liable because your dog wasn’t leashed. But actually if it is on your property it is not considered unleashed. It is only considered a "roaming dog" if it gets off your property. Check the local laws just to be sure, but that’s probably how it works.

    Also, labs are strong dogs and some of the above people voice concerns about them just taking the shock. But you can turn the shock level up. Make sure you get a brand where you can adjust the shock. You can also get a special collar with extra neck connections to make sure your dog feels it. So, if you’re concerned about that, make sure you have those options and you won’t have a problem.

    Some people don’t like invisible fences because other dogs can enter your yard, but I am almost always going to be with my dog when she’s out there. If a dog were to come in, I’d be there to supervise. So, there is some risk to your dog if you want to leave it out in the backyard all day alone. But plenty of people do it.

    Personally, I think invisible fences are great, and it has worked for my labrador.

  3. Erica S says:

    electric fences can work for labs, but many will run right through them. look into scent-fences instead. they’re a lot less dangeroudn if your pet gets through somehow, and other dogs will not come into your yard.

  4. la buena bruja says:

    My sister has a black lab and has an invisible fence. It works for her dog. I hope it works for yours, too.

  5. Alyssa says:

    I do not reccommend invisible fences for labradors. They are so exuberant that they tend to run right through them if they see someone who might pet them. Once they’re on the wrong side, no dog is willing to get shocked a second time to return to the yard (which is how the fence works) so there’s a risk he’ll just wander off once he’s out. I suggest you stick with a 6 foot fence for a lab.

  6. missapparition says:

    It really depends on the dog. I have a friend who uses this "invisible fence" with her lab mix and it seems to work well, though there have been times when the thing has malfunctioned and she has had to search her nieghborhood for her dog. Honestly…I wouldn’t trust such a thing completely nomatter what kind of dog you have. If something happend and the transmitter stopped working and your dog escaped, you’d feel terrible. There really is nothing that beats a good solid fence when it comes to animals.

    Also consider this…if your dog is unleashed in your front or back yard and other people have acess to the area and something happens with another dog coming on to your property or a person claiming that your dog was out "unleashed" and did damage to them or thier property, you will be held liable. It might keep your dog in, but won’t keep other dogs/animals out….just something to consider.

  7. baby_7991 says:

    the invisible fence will work. But make sure that you mark the boundaries every few feet with flags and take your dog in the yard on a long lead and walk up to the invisible fence to let the dog know it’s boundaries and do this anytime he’s out side so that he gets the hang of it, and to be safe, I would buy a LOOOOONG lead and a stake to put in the middle of the yard, this way, just in case he gets past the fence he wont be loose.

  8. sadiejane says:

    efences – do not keep stray dangerous dogs out.

    many dogs will take the jolt & keep on running & they are NOT coming back inside while the fence is on.

    does not stop kids from tormenting the dog.

    does not stop neighbors from poisoning the dog

    ask any shelter how many dogs they get in with the collars on.
    you must do daily checks of the collar & the fence to be safe

  9. JS820 says:

    a friend of mine has an invisible fence for his dog and it works quite well. the dog is a spaniel mix, about 70 lbs and he never even tries to get out of their yard. you should talk to your vet about the safety of it and the company that installs them to get tesimonials about it.

  10. KeNzIe says:

    I have a chocolate lab and he is huge and hyper and I thought he would ignore the shock and go over the electric fence, but he didn’t. It works for me.

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