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What You Need to Know About Invisible Fences: Do or Don't?

April 15, 2021

Most dogs love to run and play outside. A fence is a safe and effective way to let your pooch roam. But what if having a physical fence is not a possibility? If you’re looking at installing a fence, you may be considering an invisible fence. A local vet talks about some things you should know below.


Invisible fences have benefits. They are an affordable alternative to building a physical fence. Building a fence requires a lot of leg work. You will also have to make sure your fence is up to code. Invisible fences can be used on any type of terrain, and are quick and easy to install. Best of all, because they are invisible, they won’t obstruct your view.


There are downsides to owning an invisible fence. First of all, these devices are not ‘plug and play.’ You’ll need to train your pet where the fence is. This means taking time to walk them along the perimeter. Most manufacturers offer directions on how to do this. It is important to understand that an invisible fence will keep your canine buddy in, but it won’t keep the other dog—or any other animals—out. Also, if the power is disrupted your fence will not work. Most importantly, these fences make dogs uncomfortable. Your pup may get confused or agitated; some may even ignore the fence and bolt through.


It’s also important to consider your pup’s personality and temperament. If Fido is an active pooch that is likely to run, an invisible fence may not be the best option for you. Invisible fences are likely to work best in quiet areas, and with pooches that stick close to home. It’s also important to understand that some of the dos we listed can become don’ts. For example, an invisible fence won’t obstruct your view, but it also doesn’t offer privacy or security a physical fence offers. It’s safe to say that physical fences are the better option in most situations. 

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