Does the Invisible Fence system work?

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I am having to get rid of my dachshund (wirehaired) tomorrow because he escapes from the yard, breaks chains, digs up stakes. The cops are fussing and neighbors want to report us. He has the entire neighborhood angry. I want to get the IF system for my westie… now since we are getting rid of the doxie(taking him to the SPCA).

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12 Responses to “Does the Invisible Fence system work?”

  1. Michael T says:

    Our babysitter has one for her dog. It’s like magic. He’ll sit there and watch cats 10 feet away but won’t leave the yard.

  2. ainawgsd says:

    It may or may not (and if you ask me it’s an awfully expensive "may not"). Many dogs will respect the boundaries of the invisible fence. However, some will bolt right through the shock if there is something exciting enough (like a squirrel) on the other side of the boundary. Especially breeds with very strong prey drives like terriers (just because they’re white and fluffy and cute doesn’t mean that westies are not still prey driven rodent killers at heart). And once a dog bolts through the shock most are smart enough to realize that they will get shocked again if they go back over that line, so then they will refuse to go home. Invisible fences do not work the way regular fences work. You can’t just set it up and turn the dog loose in the yard. An invisible fence will require YOU to put several hours of training in to work with your dog on where he is allowed and not allowed to go (and most dogs take about two weeks to boundary train with the invisible fence system).

    Why are your dogs living outside unsupervised in the first place? Neither dachshunds or westies are good "outside" dogs. If they were in the house crated or penned rather than tied out then you would be much less likely to escape and cause problems for your neighbors. If you are going to just "get rid of" your other dog by dumping him at the shelter when he acts out out of boredom then I doubt you have the patience to teach your westie how the invisible fence works.

  3. Eri says:

    yes! it worked wonders with my dog. She used to be very wild, but we patiently put her through the invisible fence system, and after one or two attempted breakouts, she learned her boundaries. she is now very well behaved and hasn’t broken out in more than 2 years. to answer your question though, yes it works very very well. best of luck with your doggies. I hope your dachshund finds a good home.

  4. Max's mom says:

    A friend lost her two Newfies when they went through her invisible fence and were killed on a highway.
    While I have seen them work for some dogs, other dogs are willing to undergo the momentary discomfort to escape. Plus the invisible fence does not prevent other dogs from coming into your yard.
    I know it’s not always possible, but the best thing to do is to walk your dog as often as you can rather than leaving it outside regardless what type of chain or fencing you have. Walking helps them use up their excess energy and will make them happier and less likely to dig and cause other destruction.

  5. ladykenmax says:

    It may keep your dog in, but it will allow other animals in. If your westie is head strong like most terriers are, the fence won’t make much difference. Have you tried a plastic coated metal cable to tie your dachshund to. It could be anchored into your garage or house by an eye bolt. I doubt if your dachshund would be able to break the cable. Your westie could be taught to respect the fence, but after the training collar comes off or the battery wears out, you may have trouble.

  6. Dolores / Plano Tx. says:

    Poor dog. How convenient for you to dump that problem on somebody else.

    Thats what’s wrong with this world. People are so irresponsible. Glad this isn’t a child in your family, and you should be ashamed but I know you aren’t.

    He is just an animal with feelings too, and he is trying to tell you that he needs more toys, playtime, love, or he enjoys digging. Ever thought if some play sand, or a daycare?

    Go ahead and take the quickest easiest path, like everyone does every damn day.

    All of you are making me and other exhausted rescue workers sick and tired of cleaning up your mess.

    Maybe you will see that dog again in the afterlife, with millions of others that were abandoned and destroyed because nobody came to save him.

  7. Betsy says:

    Not very well…

    And at the very least, it may keep things in, but does nothing to keep things out. Like an aggressive dog, raccoon, cats, kids that could get bit by running up to your dog, anything.

    I really don’t recommend them. Your doxie sounds like the kind of dog that can just be "let out" (a lot of dogs can’t). I suggest walking him more, and when you take him out, leash him and stay with him. It’s too bad you’re giving up on your dog like that when the fault is on you.

  8. Ray (Obama '08) says:

    It works really well.
    We had three dogs when we lived in my old house.
    Well, the smallest one kept jumping over our fences and getting out. So we got Invisible Fence and after the first time she got shocked, she never jumped the fence again.
    First it beeps to warn the dog when they get too close, then if they keep going it shocks them a little bit. It really does work.
    Unfortunately, when we moved to the house we live in now, we had to give away the small dog because she jumped over a small wall and got out, crossed a main street, and almost got hit by a car 🙁 but it wasn’t because of the invisible fence that she jumped, just to clarify. We couldn’t out it along that wall because we have two big dogs and the space was too small.

    Anyway, now we have it around our patios so the dogs don’t get up there while we eat outside, and it works amazingly.
    So yeah, if you’re considering getting it, do it. I promise you that it works and is worth your money 🙂
    I’m sorry about you having to give away your dachshund though. I know it was hard to give away my dog

  9. Rebecca T says:

    Yes they do. But have you tried concrete around the bottom of the fence? It is just another idea.

  10. Schnoodle_Mom88 says:

    Nope – many dogs will burst right through the fence to get what’s on the other side. Terriers and hunting dogs especially since they want to go after any small animal that moves! They could care less about a shock, and many people injure their dogs by turning the voltage up too high (because "well, my dog doesn’t feel it!")

    The fences also don’t keep anything OUT and it’s very easy to not realize when the wires busted or the collars are out of batteries. When used alone they don’t always work, especially if you have a lot of temptations for the dog (which it sounds like you do.)

    Your BEST bet is to put one up in addition to the chain link OR wooden privacy fence. It’s also a good idea to NOT leave the dog(s) outside alone, maybe even keep them on a long lead until you’re certain they won’t try to blast through.

    Sometimes wandering and escaping is a sign of boredom. How many walks do the dogs get per day?

  11. Kat says:

    The invisible fence works wonders. My poodle understood it within a couple weeks, just make sure you do the correct training with them to avoid any escapes.

  12. sjmdutch says:

    The electronics nowadays are actually very proficient. Training is the issue. If the dog manages to go through the system once…he’ll do it again. It has to be clear to the dog that there is no way to get through without EXTREME discomfort….MORE than he can stand. It has to be more important than anything that might lure him through. Buy extra flags…place them only about 1 foot apart in the beginning…set the field wide (approx 20 feet)….set it on the highest stimulation…introduce him to it gradually on leash around the entire perimeter..walk him close and let him wander in, but get him out quickly with lots of praise. Don’t let him loose unattended for at least a week…watch his reaction on leash several times a day until you are certain he understands the flags. once it’s clear and he’s running loose, remove every other flag every 10-14 days until none are left. Do not pussyfoot around with low settings on the stimulation until AFTER he’s trained. Don’t worry about hurting him or being cruel…teach him correctly the first time and you won’t have to mess with it for the rest of his life. Besides….a westie is kinda like a hair covered roast from an old cow…Tough as nails.

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