How Much Does a Wireless Invisible Fence Cost?

Victor Boemmels Dog Training, General

Most people know that dogs need to run free and play off-leash to keep them healthy and happy. This is true with small breed dogs as well as larger dogs. A popular solution today is a wireless dog fence also known as an invisible underground electric dog fence. On the surface an underground fence may seem like a great solution. It’s cheaper than a traditional wood, vinyl or chain link fence and since it’s underground you can’t see it at all. However, the cost, training requirements and rate of failure are rarely discussed. Let’s take a look at the cost first. The typical cost to install an invisible dog fence is between $950 and $1500. There are many factors that contribute to the cost of your electric underground fence such as: If you have a large strong dog, or if …

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How to Stop your Dog from Digging Under your Fence

Victor Boemmels Digging, Dog Training, General

One of the most frustrating things to deal with as a new dog parent is an escape artist dog. Many dogs are rehomed or end up in shelters because their families can’t stop them from digging under or climbing over their fence. Depending on your breed your dog may be digging for a variety of reasons. Terriers, for example, are hard-wired to dig and search out prey. Your terrier doesn’t have to be a big dog to cause a problem. Terriers that are only 20-25 pounds are super athletes and can easily jump over a standard 4 foot tall chain link fence – in addition to digging under your fence. We recommend a 6 foot tall dog fence. The most effective way to stop a dog from digging under your fence is to physically prevent your dog from doing it. This is what certified …

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To shock or not to shock your dog. That is the question.

Victor Boemmels Dog Training, General

Many people today think an invisible wireless electric fence is the best solution available to keep their dog on their property. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. First of all invisible wireless electric fences are simply not as effective as you might think. Depending on the breed, we have seen statistics that suggest invisible wireless electric fences are only about 70% effective. Perhaps that is the reason why nearly a quarter of our customers that purchase our non-electric dog fence kits already have an electric fence. They realized their solution simply is not working. Here are just some of the concerns you might have if you relied on an invisible wireless electric fences to protect your pup: While an electric fence may look invisible, its damaging effects are very visible, and generally increase harmful behavior over time. Dogs can become fearful or …

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Why most trainers and rescue organizations advise against using invisible fencing systems

Victor Boemmels Dog Training, General

For people with yards that are difficult to fence — such as a yard that is bordered by a stream, full of rocks, or on uneven land – a wireless electrical invisible fence is an option that many dog owners consider. So how do these systems work? A wire is installed underground for the entire enclosure. This wire has a radio signal and the dog wears a shock collar. If the dog gets too close to the wire or attempts to cross the boundary, the dog receives a shock. This “shock treatment” trains the animal to stay within its appointed area. 

Dog trainer Pamela Dennison says this about the shock that your dog has to receive in order to understand that they are not supposed to cross an imaginary line.

How many times do you have to be stung by a wasp to be terrified of wasps? I doubt more than once, but then, how do you then feel about wasps? Are you terrified? Do you run around frantically, screaming in a panic, trying to get away from it? Does your heart rate go through the roof? Is this pleasant for you? Your dog may start to become neurotic about weird things or become timid, fearful or aggressive. He may start to become aggressive toward the other dogs you have. He may now be fearful about leaving the property at all – even in “safe” areas. He may also become fearful of new places – especially if you use one of the “dummy” collars and leave it on all of the time. Think about it: He has a real or dummy collar on and you take him to a new location – maybe even a training class. He is now freaked because he doesn’t know where the boundaries are and is terrified of being shocked. He moves around slowly and cautiously because he doesn’t know where the “safe” places are.”

Now, not everyone agrees that shocking your dog is inhumane, but this is not the only issue.

Unless you’re going to put collars on every critter that exists in your neighborhood, an invisible fence does nothing about keeping other dogs, coyotes, and other predators OUT of your yard. Strays and/or feral animals can come in and do whatever damage they wish to your dog and he is pretty much helpless to get away. 

Another issue is that dog owners that purchase this type of system rarely provide their dog with the special training necessarily to get used to the invisible fence system. This means that a dog is not just shocked once or twice, but is continually shocked which can cause all sorts of physical and neurotic problems. Dogs may associate the pain from the shock with the environment or with objects in the environment (including humans, dogs, or cats), rather than with their escaping the property line. This may lead to anxiety or negative associations with those objects, which can ultimately result in aggression. Some dogs that have been conditioned in this manner, may not want to set foot in the yard, for worry of pain. They may also start to attack humans and other animals, that wander too close to the fence perimeter.

One of the biggest issues however, is that shock collars simply don’t work on 30% of dogs. That means for every 10 wireless electric fence installations 3 dogs simply run right through. Now, you might think to yourself that the dog may just need a more powerful shock, however some dogs get habituated to the shocks and learn that if they can tolerate the pain close to the fence-line, they can escape. Once they escape, they are rewarded with no more shocks. In this way, the dog learns that escaping is a good thing, whereas staying in the backyard is not. This is where the training is supposed to help, but when people see the $700 – $1000 price tag that is typically associated with shock collar training they opt out of training their dog which only makes the situation worse.

The issue of using shock collars may be polarizing to some, however formal studies have shown that electronic shock collars can increase stress in dogs and reduce their quality of life. The results from Schalke’s study indicate that electronic collars are extremely risky to use even for the short term. Stress levels of the dogs were high after just 7 days, and were elevated as soon as they returned to the shock treatment environment. This is consistent with Polsky’s study, which show that dogs may associate the shock and stress they receive, with the environment itself indefinitely.

So given all this information, what is the best way to contain your dog on your property? Traditional fences are a thousand times better than underground invisible electrical fences, however they are not designed to keep dogs from digging, chewing or climbing out of their enclosure. Not only are they ineffective, but they are incredibly expensive. Our most popular product, a DIY 5 foot tall 200 linear foot fencing kit, sells for $1,299 but the materials for a traditional wood fence would cost you well over $6,500. (Note both prices include materials only). A chain link fence is less expensive. The materials to put up a chain link fence over the same property would run you roughly $2,250. Additionally, chain link fences are like ladders to dogs and other predators. Most dogs can easily climb a traditional chain link fence. Our hybrid dog fence is strong and flexible. This flexibility is part of what makes climbing our fence virtually impossible from either side. The fence also feels like a net that dogs and other animals can’t climb it.

Giving your dog an area where he can exercise in critically important for the health, happiness and behavior of your dogs. Owners that purchase shock collars think they are providing their dog with a safe area to play in – however, as we have shown, many dogs are actually harmed by this inhumane product. A Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence is a physical fence that is affordable, easy to assemble, and is the best way to keep your dog contained on your property. Don’t make the mistake of buying an invisible fencing system only to see your dog get out and then turn to other solutions. With Pet Playgrounds you can contain your dog affordably the first time.

Still have questions? Call us at 1-800-985-9202 or chat with us online.

7 Reasons why you should select a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence

  1. Pet Playgrounds offers REAL climb, dig, and chew protection for any breed.
  2. It is nearly invisible. Stepping back just 10-15 feet makes the fence virtually disappear.
  3. It’s the most affordable fencing option to protect your dog.
  4. It can be installed virtually anywhere – by anyone, on any terrain even over rocks, tree roots, and uneven land.
  5. Unlike wireless electric fences that might harm your dog, Pet Playgrounds fences keep other critters out as well as ensuring that your dog does not runaway.
  6. All materials last for 15-20 years and are virtually maintenance free.
  7. Our non-electric dog fence kit has been field tested by PETA, and they loved it! We know you and your dogs will too!

Pet Playgrounds is the ONLY dog fencing system that has been field tested and approved by PETA

Use coupon code PETA to 5% on your oder. We’ll donate another 5% to PETA so they can continue to help animals in need.

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Off-leash dog training

Victor Boemmels Dog Training, General

training a dog on a leashEvery dog owner dreams of the day that they can command their dog to do tricks, come when they are told, and simply be well behaved off-leash. This is not an easy process, but a non-electric dog fence from Pet Playgrounds can make this simpler. Many trainers recommend training a dog within a safe enclosure which will help alleviate the barrage stimuli that can hinder the training process. If you want your dog to learn to respond when they are off leash, start by training them in a safe enclosure, and gradually increase the time that they are allowed to spend off leash. Like with most things, you need to walk before you can run and this means that if your dog doesn’t know “the basics” like sit, stay, or down you’ll need to start there. Just remember that if you want your dog to learn to respond to you when they are off leash, you need to start by training without the aid of a leash in a safe enclosure. This may seem obvious, but many dog owners spend weeks in dog classes working on commands like sit, stay, down, and come with our dogs on a six-foot leash but when they snap off the leash, their dog may act as if they’ve never been to training class. Unfortunately, on-leash training – while valuable for on-leash behaviors – can’t prepare either of you for the challenges of the off-leash experience. This is partly due to the fact that people often and inadvertently use physical cues such as a slight pressure on the leash to help the dog know what they want. When the dog and handler lose that added signal, their communication falls apart.

 

dog fencesOf course, you can’t simply head out to a stimulating environment and expect your dog to behave as he would on leash in a quiet, controlled atmosphere. Start at home in your fenced in yard. When your dog can easily and happily move through a repertoire of off-leash skills in your yard then you can move your training to a fenced in park. As your dog becomes more and more reliable working off-leash he will find it easier to respond to you, even in new environments. Positive reinforcement training and the use of a reward marker, like a clicker or the word “Yes!” are essential tools for training off-leash. Reward markers let your dog know that he got it right and the reward is coming, even when he’s 20, 30, or more feet away. A dog who is appropriately rewarded for his efforts will quickly learn to listen and respond off leash.

 

dog fencesYour dog is capable of amazing things, but you simply have to know how to train him to do them. Before you can teach your dog how to run and catch a frisbee, you should teach your dog to know how to perform a “down” on cue when he’s near you. Gradually increase the distance between you and your dog as you ask for the down. When you are far apart, it may be inconvenient to keep up a liberal reinforcement schedule for her successes, but make sure you do. You want her to be highly motivated to perform the down as quickly as possible. You may not want your dog to catch a frisbee, or do other amazing things but we all would love to enjoy a walk with our dog running free by our side. It will take some time, but it can be done. Keep in mind that every dog has its limits. Some dogs have special fears that may compromise their off-leash safety – for example, some dogs will run blindly at the sound of anything that sounds like a gun, including a distant backfiring car. Others may have strong drives that can lead them astray, such as the fresh scent of a pheasant for a hunting dog, or the sight of a rabbit running for a sight hound. Get to know your dog’s limits, understand what motivates him, and anticipate when and where you may have problems. You may be able to set up special training situations to work through some challenges.

 

These wonderful dogs were trained by Stephanie Williams of Pawsitive Partners in Connecticut. They can help create a cooperative owner-dog partnership through positive reinforcement training. For more information visit their website at www.pawsitivepros.com or call them at (203) 530-0122. Stephanie selected a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence for her yard, and she loves it!

Use the coupon code PAWSITIVE at checkout to save 5% on your non-electric dog fence kit!

7 Reasons why you should select a Pet Playgrounds non-electric dog fence

  1. Pet Playgrounds offers REAL climb, dig, and chew protection for any breed.
  2. It is nearly invisible. Stepping back just 10-15 feet makes the fence virtually disappear.
  3. It’s the most affordable fencing option to protect your dog.
  4. It can be installed virtually anywhere – by anyone, on any terrain even over rocks, tree roots, and uneven land.
  5. Unlike wireless electric fences that might harm your dog, Pet Playgrounds fences keep other critters out as well as ensuring that your dog does not runaway.
  6. All materials last for 15-20 years and are virtually maintenance free.
  7. Our non-electric dog fence kit has been field tested by PETA, and they loved it! We know you and your dogs will too!