Invisible Fence…good or bad?

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I have a year old German Shepherd and I’ve been debating whether or not to get him an invisible fence. He is pretty well trained but the problem I am facing is when I am not home, my grandparents are the ones that watch him and let him out if he needs to go. So I guess I want to know is it worth getting the invisible fence or not from experienced users. Thanks

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11 Responses to “Invisible Fence…good or bad?”

  1. Chuck says:

    I own German Shepherds. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, get an invisible fence. Why, they are the worst thing you can do to a dog. It is very very hard on a dogs heart. Because of the force of the wave it could make your dogs heart beat skip. No joke. I would just train him to stay in the yard or either have a real fence put up. DON’T GET AN INVISIBLE FENCE.

    Best Regards.
    Chuck

  2. Divapom says:

    I don’t like them. They do nothing to keep other animals from coming on to your property and attacking your dog. So no, it will not protect your dog. Also, many dogs learn that the shock is momentary and as soon as they get past the "hot" zone, If they really want to get something, or leave, they will put up with the momentary pain and then they are free.

    A regular fence is much, much better.

  3. ScottieDog says:

    I’m not a fan of invisible fences. Other animals can wander into your yard and spread diseases or attack your dog. Also, dogs with high prey drives will tolerate the shock to get what they want. Then they won’t want to return to the yard. Also, I’ve been told that power outages can render the fence inactive. I have one neighbor with an invisible fence. They know when their dog needs to be groomed when it escapes the yard. Very long, thick hair can keep the collar working correctly.

  4. T J says:

    Worthless in my opinion. A real fence works much better.

  5. blueeyd_princess says:

    We have used a wireless fence for many years. It takes time to properly train a dog, but I have had nothing but success from it. We have a husky mix about medium size actually mixed with German shepherd. The biggest problem is although you will keep your dog in your yard, you will not be able to keep other dogs or people out of your yard. We personally haven’t had any problems, but some people do. So it really depends on where you live how successful it can be. We live out in the country have a huge yard and it was just easier to go with the wireless. Our dog is an inside dog most of the time, he sleeps inside spends most of his time indoors. There are days he’ll stay out all day.

  6. JenVT says:

    Bad. If the stimulus is enough he will simply walk through it and it doesn’t keep other animals from coming in.

  7. Erica says:

    Wow, some of the answers on here (referring to the first poster)…. Easy two points for you, good job!

    Anyway, ranting about ridiculous answers aside: I wouldn’t recommend them for the larger, or more powerful breeds such as the APBT, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Doberman, etc… nor would I recommend it for a dog with a high prey drive. I say this because sometimes with larger, or powerful breeds, if they want something badly enough, nothing, including the shock from an invisible fence, is going to stop it. Also, if the dog jumps high enough over it, or runs far enough away from it, the system can no longer detect the collar, and becomes basically pointless. I would recommend a 6 foot privacy or chain link fence. If your dog is a known escape artist, a secondary fence a couple feed behind the other fence that’s a couple feet taller, would also be a good idea to prevent the dog from escaping (I know many people that have a 6 foot chain link fence, with an 8 foot privacy fence around the chain link, as they have dogs that are known, and proven, escape artists).

    In my opinion, invisble fences are pointless, as there are ways around them, and are a waste of money, especially in the case of larger breeds, or powerful breeds.

  8. =) says:

    My aunt and uncle got an invisible fence line with the shock collar and when the collar crosses the fence line it activates the shock. It does work for their dog. Especially when he was a little younger and they were still training him. Now they let him outside to go potty and he doesn’t use the collar any more because he has learned. Only word of caution: If you are holding the collar (not on the dog) make sure it is off—my uncle made the mistake of walking across the line and shocked himself..ha…
    it is to keep your dog safe.

  9. Sweet Jenni says:

    it is beyond a doubt. a good idea to have an invisible fence installed for any dog.

  10. Josh M says:

    maybe not because it could seriously hurt the dog if he runs really fast into it.

  11. King Les The Lofty says:

    BAD idea.

    • They do NOTHING to protect your dog from attacks by stray dogs.
    • They do NOTHING to protect your dog from attacks/teasing by stray brats.
    • They do not keep wandering animals from piddle-poo-vomiting on your pet’s territory, thereby depositing millions of viruses to infect your pet.
    • They give NO confidence to pedestrians & cyclists who must pass your property but are scared of dogs.
    • The shocking mechanism is a problem with thick-coated dogs such as GSDs: If the prongs reach up from under the throat, you’ll probably have to frequently shave your pet’s throat to get a good contact. If they point down to dig into the top of the dog’s neck, they will irritate him more than a stiff label on your blouse or shirt irritates your neck.
    • Although MOST of the time they work fine (even when switched off, if you have TRAINED your dog – my dogs know they are NOT allowed out the gate except on-lead; I don’t need electricity for training), a STRONG stimulus (such as an enemy dog passing by, or a bit.ch on-heat) can have your dog race through the pain barrier (it’s not a very wide "barrier") – but, when it is time to return, your pet isn’t stimulated enough to cross that pain barrier, so is kept out there where vehicles & dog-catchers travel.

    NO-ONE should have any kind of dog unless they have a door opening straight into a yard fenced to not just keep their pet home but to also keep stray dogs & stray brats OUT!

    • Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source to your browser’s Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders, genetics.

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