I would like to get an invisible fence for our yard to keep Benny safe. We do not have a fenced in yard, and although he stays close by 95% of the time, I live in fear that he will dart in the road and get hit.
Sadly, a friend just lost her dog who was hit by a car, so I am even more anxious to keep Benny safe.
I would love to hear of others' experience with invisible fencing. Thanks
I don't have personal experience with invisible fencing, but I read and talk very widely with other dog-people, including many professional trainers. In my own rural neighborhood, I've been aware of two or three places with invisible fencing.
Dogs who have ANY timidity are usually badly affected, no matter how careful the training; some become untraiinable for anything, as the emotional brain appears to become overwhelmed with fears, leading to unwanted shyness, and sometimes, even, aggression (defensive aggression, but that's still aggression).
I'm aware of one local dog who had to be put down as a result of being overwhelmed with fears (and aggressive as a result).
There are also numbers of possible malfunctions, even with the best-made systems. Among them, that the collar doesn't turn off, but keeps shocking the dog.
What I've done is put up kennel-mesh (also known as knuckle-wire) - 2"x4" oblong "holes" - for my small dogs, six feed high, with about six or more inches of that sunk into a trench in the ground, with chicken-wire attached at the bottom, and the chicken-wire laid flat, inside the fence, dug in, and then covered back up (to prevent digging out, for digging-dogs like small terriers).
For my maximum comfort and safety (my dog's safety is my safety), I;ve put fencing, uninterrupted, around my entire house, enclosing all door-exits to the yard. And put a dog-door in my front door (or whatever door works best).
Of course, I can always block the dog-door, and if I do, I block it on BOTH sides, so that if my dog is outside (and I'm unaware of that), it doesn't try to get in the dog-door and bang its head on the inside blocking-panel. Vice-versa for inside, of course.
Height of fence depends first on your dog's size, but also, on what might be outside the fence and try to jump in.Cougar? We have them in my area, and they find a small dog a tasty lunch. Deer?
Because of my locations, I've found six-foot fencing sufficient, but probably you'd need to add onto the top for keeping deer or cougar out of your yard- I'd add chicken-wire that leans outward from the fence - say, a couple of feet of that at least.
Coyotes? Foxes? Raccoons? None are desirable in your yard. Mink or weasel? Same, but they can probably get in anyway; hard to say.
Rogue bears would just push the fence down, so if there are bears in your area (there are here), you have to avoid attracting bear.
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Wed, 11 Jul 2012 06:59:38 (PDT)