I want to buy an invisible fence for my dog?

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but don’t know much about them. Brand? Cost? Anyone know much about em?

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    6 Responses to “I want to buy an invisible fence for my dog?”

    1. blowjarn says:

      I saw a sign the other day pulling into my neighborhood that said 895 installed, if that helps.

    2. dogfencediy says:

      DIY about $300. (Brands: Innotek, PetSafe, DogWatch, Humane Contain. We like Innotek 4100)
      Professionally installed is about $1,500 (Brands: Invisible Fence, Dog Watch, Dog Stop, PetSafe Pro. We like Invisible Fence)

      For a bunch of reviews try the site below.

      All the brands work pretty much the same. If you go the DIY route, read some reviews and pick one with the features that you want (e.g. rechargable, water resistant, etc) If you go professionally installed, call a couple of them and talk to the person that will do the training and see who you feel most comfortable with.

      More important than the brand you choose will be the training. Whatever route you pick, if you do the exercises the trainer (or training DVD if you go the DIY route) gives you diligently (3 times a day for fifteen minutes for about two weeks) you will be golden.

      When you hear bad stories, it is inevitably because the owner did not do the training. The training is the key to sucess.

    3. Bonzie12 says:

      Well, first let me say that BYB isn’t quite right on some of her statements.

      First she states that "know that they frequently don’t work and can be horribly dangerous to your dog." The reason that they would not work is because you did not follow the instructions and did not properly train your dog on how to correctly utilize the fence. If properly trained thse fences are not horribly dangerous to your dog.

      It is true that they keep your dog in, but don’t keep other animals (including people) out. You know this going into the purchase of the fence so this is no big surprise to you.

      "And some dogs don’t pick up on why they are getting shocked, so they go into abuse mode where they shut down. " Ok, once again if you train your dog properly on the use of the fence, he will know why he is getting shocked. Dogs are very smart and proper training on the fence is all it takes to show them where they can go and where they can’t.

      "High prey drive dogs will run through the pain to catch what they want. " This is totally false. I have a very high prey drive dog – he is a german shephered/malamute mix who loves chasing squirrels, rabbits, cats, deer, birds, you name it, he’ll chase it. My dog will not go outside the safe zone of the fence no matter what is on the other side. He has chased rabbits, squirrels, my neighbors dog (when they were playing), and has come to the end of the safe zone and he stops chasing, and sits or lays down and watches the animal without crossing the line. He will wait for his play mate to come back into the safe zone and continue to play.

      If you train your dog properly on this "contraption", it works wonderfully. I have to stress though that no dog should be left outside for extended period of times unsupervised. Even in a fenced in yard or dog run, you should always check on your dog periodically to make sure he is not in any harm or getting into any trouble. This is just common sense on your part. With proper training, and following all the guidelines given to you by the fence company, your dog should not have any problem adjusting to the fence. also there is an audible sound on the collar that you teach your dog with to start. If he is properly and correctly trained with the audible tone, he should never even experience the shock.

      I really like my fence and so does my dog. I’ve put him out several times and forgot the collar and he has learned the boundaries and has stayed in the yard even without it.

    4. jessica b says:

      ok if you want to get an invisible fence for a medium to large sized breed hell even a small breed what most people do not know is they will have a 50% chance of working and a 50% chance of not working that is if you do not get a trainer to train your dog boundaries. before you put up an e fence your dog needs to be taught the boundaries of your yard and must be able to stay within those boundaries with out a fence first next you can put the fence in this will higher the chances of the fence working well this is because a dog who has never been taught yard boundaries but is kept in an e fence has a higher chance of escaping if something very desirable was on the other side a dog that has been taught boundaries lessons and is aware of the shock will have much less a chance to escape the fence also keep in mind as the dog goes through the fence the dog does feel the shock but it does not last more then a few seconds enough for a quick recover and escape. i have actually had a neighbor with a doberman and lab that used an e fence i was walking my dog and both of them went right through the fence just a little yelp and it was over they started running after me but they never hurt me or my dog or anything which was a good thing for them!

    5. ~YoUr G says:

      I want one too and I’m doing reasearch on them. I think with proper training they will be great

    6. BYB's ♥ Shelter Death says:

      I know that they frequently don’t work and can be horribly dangerous to your dog.

      Remember, they keep your dog in, but don’t keep other animals (including people) out.

      And some dogs don’t pick up on why they are getting shocked, so they go into abuse mode where they shut down.

      High prey drive dogs will run through the pain to catch what they want.

      I understand the appeal, but I would never subject my dog to one of these contraptions. I’d have a fence or a dog run.

      Added:

      Bonzie, prey drive breeds can and do run through them. It’s extremely common in sighthound breeds like Ridgebacks, Greyhounds, Borzois, etc. It’s also common in terrier breeds like JRT/PRTs.

      Some dogs will never understand why they are getting shocked. They aren’t sure if it’s for peeing, for walking, for breathing, for touching the grass, etc. So, they become scared and shut down. Others simply do not respond well to being zapped. Sensitive dogs will not tolerate it. Ever hear of the Skinner’s Box experiment?

      They are dangerous because leaving a dog outside without supervision and no containment leads to coyotes coming in and killing the dog, it gives cruel strangers easier access to your dogs, and if it shuts off, it give no protection at all for your dog from leaving the yard.

      You are correct in that proper training & installation can help with some of these things, but I morally object to shocking a dog because I don’t have a proper environment for them.

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