Nearly a quarter of our customers are dog parents that initially tried to use an invisible electric fence – only to find out that it doesn’t work for their dog.
Many people think an invisible underground wireless electric fence is the best way to keep their dog in their yard. However, they are simply not as effective as you might think. Statistics suggest that invisible wireless electric fences are only about 70% effective.
This is what happened to Sandy. You can listen to her story in the video below.
Here’s why using an invisible underground electric fence is not a good idea:
- 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 even aggressive because they are being hurt. This might make it harder for you to take your dog outside of your home at all, and can even cause dogs to bark or bite strangers because they simply don’t know who or what is harming them.
- Dogs can feel like they are being punished (by the shock) when they run and greet someone who is past the boundary line. That new association can lead them to believe that everything should be feared and nothing is safe. This new fear can easily turn into aggression.
- Invisible wireless electric fences do not stop other animals from coming on your property. If you live in an area where coyotes are common you can endanger your dog, because essentially your dog becomes a sitting duck. Invisible fences allow other animals to freely enter your property while your dog is restricted.
- Many invisible wireless electric fences do not include a transmitter that includes lightning protection, which means in inclement weather your electric fence might not work.
- Some of the DIY invisible wireless electric fence kits do not use wire that is rated for outdoor use and will simply short out after a few months.
- Invisible underground electric fences require a long training process. If you just install a invisible dog fence, slap the shock collar (receiver) on your dog, and then stick him in the yard to figure it out on his own – at best you’ll confuse your dog and at worst you’ll frighten him. If you want to create an area where your dog can run free without having to spend the 1,000 training fee that most invisible fence companies charge, get a non-electric dog fence kit. Because it’s a real physical barrier, no training is required.
- At low levels the shock is too weak to stop your dog from leaving your yard to investigate nearby wildlife or another dog, and at high levels the dog may become scared or aggressive.
- If your dog is younger than 6 months old most veterinarians will tell you to wait before you you can install an invisible wireless electric fence, which means your pup can not run free and play. With a non-electric dog fence kit you do not have any age restrictions.
“Dogs contained behind electric fences tend to become more reactive and in some cases more aggressive toward strangers and even family members because of anxiety and frustration. Recent studies show that dogs without previous aggression problems are more prone to attack family members when the systems are activated. Only a proper fence will keep people or other animals out of the yard and offer more protection. It is a much safer and more humane and effective containment option than an electric fence will ever be.”Victoria Stilwell
So there you have it. Invisible fences are not the best way to contain your dog. Interested in why so many dog parents have chose our unique dog fence? Find out why.