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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-11-2007, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Invisible Fencing

Hi Folks: I live in an rural area ( actually on a lake surrounded by bush) . I am wondering if any of you have had any experience with "invisible fencing" I would like to establish a "safe area" for my hopefully soon to be Havanese where he can wonder around without a leash. I would prefer the electronic fencing as opposed to the traditional type of fencing....but only if it is safe and reliable.

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We tried it with our lab several years ago. It was a low-end system, and we enclosed a fairly small yard. It was the type with a collar that zaps the dog if it gets too close to the fence. It turned out that we couldn't adjust it so that the dog had any safe area in our yard. The first time we tried it, she ended up cowering between our legs! We turned it off, dug up the wire and returned it to the store. Maybe there are better systems out there than the one we tried...
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The problem with invisible fencing is that your dog can end up "trapped" in a small area and predators can still get in. You can't stop a larger animal or a human from crossing into your dog's territory, but your dog will be afraid of the jolt and won't leave. He has no means of escape.

I don't like invisible fencing for those reasons.
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I haven't had it myself, but I had a friend that did in a larger yard, with a larger dog. The problem they had was that occationally the dog would bolt over the fence area and then would be afraid to come back to the yard because of the zap.
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David. I don't have it but my sister in law does for her Hav. She only uses it when they are outside with him. She enjoys it because they all can be in the back yard hanging out. However, as previously mentioned you cannot rely on it because other animals can come in.

She also has one for inside her house. It is portable and she uses it when she travels to my in laws.
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David,
I don't think it is safe or reliable. I would use the traditional fencing.
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Thank you for your comments; they have been helpful. One comment in particular about not keeping other animals out is important as we have bears, wolves,coyotes, and fishers in the area..
..think I will go for a traditional fence.

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OH I love bears. A Hav might be caviar for a Grizz.
Do you ever get them near your house? That would be awesome. Well if you were in a safe house kind of awesome.
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Good choice, David. I don't like invisable fences for all the reason's others have stated here on the forum. A lot of people forget about other critters coming into the yard......I was worried you might pick the invisable fence, but now I feel better!
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Yes Melissa, we frequently get them near our house, but they are black bears and not grissleys...thank heavens. Actually fishers pose a greater threat than bears....fishers are one mean bundle of fur. The bears seem to show up after we have used the barbecue so I guess they are attracted by the smell of burgers.
Two years ago the weather was very dry and there were very few berries for the bears. I counted 23 bears at one time at a landfill site 2 km from us. People were buying bags of dog food and throwing it in the landfill for the bears to eat.

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