What do you think of Invisible Electric Dog Fences?

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I have a 4 year old male Siberian Husky. I have tried everything to keep him in the yard but nothing has worked. He slips out of collars and either jumps over or digs under fences. I went to the hardware store with the idea of purchasing some sort of dog run for him but discovered they cost upwards of 0. Then I saw the invisible fence products and started doing some research. Almost everything I found on the subject seemed positive. The only negatives I found were that it doesn’t keep other animals out of the yard. That does not concern me as my dog is more than capable of handling himself. I was hoping someone who has experience with this could share their opinions on the topic.

I would be installing the invisible fence at the base of an already existing real fence.

***Please no comments about how its cruel to the animal, cuz frankly I think being hit by a car or euthanized at an animal shelter for being lose would be much crueler***
Many of you are telling me to get a real fence. SO you clearly did not read the question. I ALREADY HAVE a real fence. That is why I am not worried about anything coming in my yard. Nothing else can get in, besides squirrels and birds. And they are not much of a threat. I cannot build another fence as I do not own the property and my landlord will not allow it.

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13 Responses to “What do you think of Invisible Electric Dog Fences?”

  1. tiptoptraining says:

    I’m a little confused, as you say it will be at the base of an existing fence, but also say you aren’t concerned about other dogs coming in because your dog can handle himself, rather than that isn’t an issue because there is already a real fence. Is this to supplement a real fence, or not? My suggestion would be – get a real fence, and a good one for a husky. I know way too many dogs that have escaped their electronic fences (a very misleading term) and huskies are not a breed I would ever consider trusting to one. Even the e-fence people say dogs shouldn’t be left alone in a yard with an e-fence, so what’s the point? If I’m out there, my dogs aren’t going anywhere, ’cause they want to hang with me. I would say there is a problem in your relationship with the dog, and that the dog needs more mental stimulation and physical exercise (huskies need a lot of exercise!) and then escaping won’t be an issue. If you think that leaving your dog in a yard is exercise, think again!

  2. cjrossi says:

    The dog next door is invisible fenced.

    She’s escaped from it a few times. Last time the family was lucky to get her back.

    Most of the times other dogs have come in her yard that I’ve seen – it’s been more than one at a time, and it’s been large dogs.

    What if two large powerful breed dogs came in your yard together? Is your dog capable of handling that?

    ADD: THIS JUST IN. I posted this answer 9/29. Later that evening while I was walking my dogs – another neighbor’s dog (who I call "Mr Pugsly") who had an invisible fence and lives on the corner of a busy intersection escaped her fence and ran around in the street, in the intersection. She always barks at us as we walk by, and I guess this time was too much temptation for her. We were across the street. She didn’t have the nerve to cross all the way across the intersection so she ran around in the street.

    SO … I walked my dogs over to her yard, and she returned to her yard to stand her ground and bark at us. My dogs were zenlike and eventually one of the owners appeared and came and gathered up their dog. Tragedy Averted.

    The irony is – my next door neighbors, whose dog I have rescued twice after it escaped its own invis fence – were in a car stopped at that intersection at that moment – so they witnessed the whole thing. LOL I’m like the local dog catcher.

    The biggest beef I have with invisible fence – as these stories attest – is that it allows dog owners to just park their dogs outside and be oblivious to what goes on.

  3. moof says:

    Siberian Huskies are notorious escape artists. If he’s so determined to get out of the yard, do you really think an electric shock fence will stop him? These dogs are independent, clever and generally quite resistant to pain. A sensitive and/or mild-mannered dog may be very respectful of the boundary drawn by the shock fence, but a headstrong and pain-resistant dog? I don’t think it’s likely to be a very big deterrent. And if/when he does run through the shock, then you know, he’s pretty unlikely to ever go back into the yard on his own. It was worth it to him to go through the shock once, but that boring old yard is hardly motivating enough for him to want to experience that unpleasant sensation again.

    You say you’re not worried about other animals wandering in; what if the animal has rabies or some other disease? Vaccinations are not fool-proof. What if it’s another large dog? How do you know he can "handle himself?" What if it’s the neighbor’s cat, and you’ve got yourself a new enemy? What if it’s not even an animal? What if it’s a little kid who teases your dog and is bitten? You may be sued. What if it’s someone who wants to steal your dog? A purebred Husky is perfectly tempting, and if you think it’s not difficult to steal a dog, you’re sadly mistaken; the 100,000 cats and dogs stolen every year attest to that.

    Then there are problems such as malfunctioning devices and whatnot. What if it malfunctions when a little kid is going by, or a person on a bike? Then you may very well have a dog who now associates that event with bad things and develops timidity or reactivity as a result. And if you’re lucky and he doesn’t develop a negative association as a result, then there’s the fact that he’s just being hurt. My friend’s Lab is trained to stay in the yard with an electric shock fence; her father was once doing yard work and accidentally messed up the device (I’m not sure how; I believe he hit a wire or something). The result? Her dog was shocked for three full minutes, just standing there yelping and screaming until they could shut the thing off.

    You’re right, of course being hit by a car or something is a much worse fate, but I dunno, I just don’t think the likelihood of success is great enough to warrant the use of the electric shock fence. Like, if there was a really good chance of it working, then by all means, you gotta do what you gotta do to keep the dog safe. But your dog doesn’t sound like the best candidate for it, and I personally think that the risk of him going through the invisible boundary is too high. And then not only is he being shocked, but hey, maybe he’s being hit by a car to boot.

  4. Steve E says:

    That 500 dollar dog run would be my first choice, but if you want to go electric fence then you will need to train it properly and I would guess the company that would install and help you train your dog would cost near 500 anyways. From what i know some dogs can run through the fence and then they are stuck outside also if they get shocked whatever is near say a small kid or other dog etc. will probably be blamed in the dogs mind and this could cause an aggression issue.

  5. Billy P says:

    It might be hard since he’s allready 4, they work pretty well with puppies. It may work, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try, though. My neighbor has a Akita, and he has an electric fence, also. But sometimes his hair gets too thick, and he doesn’t feel the shocks. He runs off so fast when he realizes he broke the berrier. But if you have a fence in front of it, then that shouldn’t be a problem. And also, my ifriend has a Chow and a Lab who also have this electric fence. The dogs got so used to it that they can take off the collar and the dogs won’t cross the line! But i wouldn’t try this until they get what the point of the fence is. But good luck!

  6. Rayven ~ Here we Go Again says:

    " That does not concern me as my dog is more than capable of handling himself." And what you think there will never come a day when your dog runs into a dog that has the advantage?

    He wouldn’t slip his collars if they were properly fitted. He wouldn’t dig/jump out of the fence if it was tall enough and the ground underneath it reinforced.

    Here’s another negative: No guarantee it will keep him in.

    And the electric fence does NOT solve his problem of lack of training and not enough exercise. So let’s say you manage to keep him in the fence. Guess what? That behavior will just turn towards something more destructive so kiss your yard and anything out it goodbye.

    An electric fence requires TRAINING to be effective and you already admitted you sent the dog to stay with your parents because you can’t handle him and apparently neither can they. find him a new home and stick to your pom.

  7. Dixie Pits says:

    I think they are an okay choice for some dogs. You will have to train him where the boundaries are. I have seen some dogs not do well on it and still get out of them but it just depends on your dog. Huskys are great escapers and can be very stubborn so I would be sure to get one of the high powered collars.

  8. Dylans Mumma :) says:

    i think its worth giving it a go because i agree, would much rather have my dog safe than being hit by a car or euthanised. just be aware tho that it can cause the dog to fear playing or being in the back yard. that really is the only down fall to it. i know it may sound silly but i have seen this happen a few times.

  9. Maggie E says:

    Keep him inside unless he’s out for a walk or potty breaks, on a leash.

    You concern me with ‘That does not concern me as my dog is more than capable of handling himself."

    No, he’s actually not, and the fact that you’re obviously okay with your dog hurting another animal is NOT okay.

    Scratch my first sentence… Rehome him.

  10. President of the US LOVES raw meat! says:

    Is the dog being supervised at all when outside? Be outside with the dog, running around with it, playing with it, etc. and then the dog won’t be so bored as to dig out or jump over the fence. Have the dog indoors when you can’t be outdoors with him.

    Your dog isn’t capable of handling himself. He’s not immune to getting attacked and killed by a pack of other animals.

    Some dogs just ignore the shock and go right through it.

  11. Aphrodite ☼Dobe uses a PRONG says:

    I have no problem with the Invisible Fences. I agree that it is more cruel to have your dog hit by a car or end up in a shelter.

    BUT as for the problem with other animals entering your yard – this could be solved by not leaving your dog unattended outside. With or without the invisible fence you should always keep an eye on your dog. Do you have a regular fence as well?

  12. Big C says:

    It didn’t work very well with my dog.

  13. abbY normaL says:

    Using a martingale (or "greyhound") collar will keep him from slipping out of collars, the design of them doesn’t allow the dog’s head through the collar when fitted properly. (http://www.collargirl.com/how_martingale_work.htm) You can get them plain or fancy, pet stores or online.

    I wouldn’t recommend an invisible fence for a Husky; there are quite a few breeds that an invisible fence just won’t work out for. Huskies are smart and headstrong, they’ll take the shock of the fence if they want to get out. The risk of other animals coming onto your property is a big deal (OK it won’t happen everyday but the chance of a rabid animal going after your dog is raised) even if the dog can "handle" itself.
    Since you already have a fence (?) maybe invest in some dog agility equipment to give him something fun to do while outside and supervise your dog when he’s outside.

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