So Maestro is now 4 months old. A total love muffin, if I do say so myself. My carpool companion, soccer sideline buddy, and faithful companion!
So our neighborhood does not allow physical fences of any sort (except for the 4-foot iron type around pools, as required by low - we do not
have a pool). So a physical fence is out of the question. In addition, we live at the edge of a greenbelt/common area that also has a stream - and because our yard and our neighbor's yard join with no barrier, we frequently see deer (usually 3-7 at a time, but one time up to 27!!) and occasionally a coyote (maybe 6 times in 3 years?), a fox (only twice), wild turkeys, and some other misc. wildlife.
Because of our wildlife situation, our family agreed that any and all trips outside had to be supervised. For now, either my husband or I go out because our girls (ages 6 and 9) are still too young to handle any situation that could arise -- though eventually they will be taking him outside as well. My point being: outside time is supervised. ALWAYS.
One other factor to consider is Maestro's personality. Thus far, he is a "velcro/bungee" dog. When I walk outside in the yard with him, it is rare that I'm able to get more than 20-30 feet away without him running to catch up with me. He will walk around a bit if I'm standing on our porch, but again, never farther than a let's say 30-foot radius around me -- and never (not once!) into our neighbor's yard on the left, the neighbor's yard on our right, or up the hill in the back of our yard.
Finally, on the few occasions when Maestro is outside and cannot be watched constantly (husband gardening in the front yard when I'm not home, me washing cars in the backyard during the day), he responds fairly well to being on a tie-out attached to his harness. So we always have that as an option, though obviously far from ideal.
So we are trying to decide whether an invisible fence is warranted. I did a search and read all the negative thoughts people have about them -- all of which is valid and helpful feedback. My husband thinks we need one so he has the free run of the yard. (We have roughly half an acre in the back so we are undecided as to whether we'd fence the front yard.) My viewpoint is that a.) we have to supervise him outside because of our wildlife, and since he doesn't show any inclination to run, what's the point? and b.) he won't even go out a door without an expressed written invitation now [seriously, I have to carry him outside - probably because he hasn't learned to go down steps yet], so I can't see bolting out a door being a problem either.
I guess my main question is this: was your dog's personality at 4 months pretty indicative of who s/he was as a grown dog? If he's a "homebody" now without an penchant for wandering or running off or barking, can I reasonably expect that to remain the same for year to come (even after being neutered)? I guess I can't see any reason FOR an invisible fence, especially knowing we can add it at any time. Maybe someone else has a different or helpful perspective?
Thanks in advance if you made it this far!