# of invisible fence dealers?


Does anyone know roughly how many invisible fence dealers there are in the world? You know, the ones for dogs to stay in your yard.

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    6 Responses to “# of invisible fence dealers?”

    1. GitEmGang says:

      ONE is too many..they DON’T WORK!!!!

    2. Knock Knock says:

      I don’t know but they don’t work so well. I bought a really expesive one it was like $600 and it worked great as long as your dog wasn’t chasing something. My dog would chase a cat or something and be running so fast he would just run right threw it, but then he wouldn’t come back in the yard cause he was scared of getting shocked. Big Big waste of money unless you own a poodle or something like that.

    3. Proud American says:

      Its a franchise, call Invisible Fence and ask.

    4. dogperson says:

      not very many

    5. CuteWriter says:

      Is it the fence that’s invisible or the dealer?

    6. Noirewolf says:

      There are many manufacturers of these electronic fences. I have no idea how many because it is possible that they change names in different parts of the country.

      The success of these fences depends on many factors. The sophistication of the collar is right at the top of the list. Newer collars are much lighter than even one year ago.

      The proper installation of the wire is also highly important. Installed right down at the curb may not be the right choice, especially if it’s at the bottom of a hill. It’s too easy for the dog to jump high enough over the wire to miss the signal.

      The run-through protection of the system is vitally important to the success of the system. Some dogs quickly learn that if they run fast enough they can get through the wire with a minimal or even no shock because the system doesn’t react quickly enough. Different manufacturers use different run-through systems. Do your comparison shopping in order to find the system with the best run-through protection.

      Front yard installations may not be the best idea for all dogs. If your front yard is full of stimulating temptations, it is best to keep the dog out of the front yard and install only in the back yard.

      Having the fence company do the training is also important. You want to purchase at least three training sessions from them. First, THEY should demonstrate to you with your dog how to train him to the flags. Then you should take at least one week (2-3 is even better) to thoroughly train your dog to the flags several times/day. This will help your dog to clearly learn the boundaries of the yard and where their safe zone is. That way when you introduce the shock it will take only minimal training because the dog will already understand the boundaries from the flag training. So don’t try to rush this step.

      Second, THEY should introduce the shock to the dog. Some trainers at some fence companies will resist this step and tell you to handle it yourself. Tell them you want them to do this training step. As I dog trainer I tell my clients that the introduction of the shock should come from someone other than the owners – so tell the fence company to do this. They should never shock the dog more than twice in one session – it’s too much for the dog to handle and you don’t want your dog to become fearful of the yard. After the dog is thoroughly trained to the flags, the fence company should return and introduce the dog to the shock at one, perhaps two, different areas of the yard. Then they should return for a second shock session where they introduce other areas of the yard. And if your yard is large enough, have them return for a third shock introduction session. This way your dog will learn slowly that there are consequences to his running the flags, but not so fast that he gets confused, fearful or in pain.

      Some fence companies will install the transmitters in the garage, where they are very suspectible to lightning damage. Better to install in your basement.

      Watch out for the cost of the batteries. Get a system that uses either rechargeable batteries, or better yet, ones you can purchase at the drug store. Some fence companies require you purchase batteries from them, which are very expensive.

      Find out if they can change the system settings from their offices, at no or little charge, or if they require an in-home visit which can be costly. Ask them if there is a charge for them to return if the setting is incorrect for your dog.

      Ask them about the experience level of the trainer. Some of the fence company trainers are installers with little dog expertise.

      Do-it-yourself kits are the worst and are a true example of ‘you get what you pay for.’ The wires are cheaper so they fall apart more quickly … the collars are not sophisticated … and the average pet owner will be too tempted to move too quickly with the training and shoot themselves in the foot.

      Dogs who are constantly tethered can develop barrier frustration, so tethering is not always an option. Electronic fences to help your dog stay in your yard can be a good idea, especially if you live in an area where fences are not allowed. It is very important, however, that you choose a qualified fence company that meets the above criteria. Don’t just choose a name because they’ve been around for a long time – that doesn’t necessarily mean they still have a good product. You need to shop your options in your area so that you are doing something that is truly safe for your dog.

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