Is An Electric Dog Fence Right For Your Dog?

Whether you're currently leasing a home and don't want to throw away money on a rental or if you're just avoiding another home improvement project, you know that fencing a backyard can be a daunting task. However, if you are a dog owner, you know that the backyard is their domain. Dogs need a familiar place where they can play fetch, run around and use the bathroom. Unfortunately, this means that you need to set up some kind of boundary to keep them safe.

For many dog owners, the burden of building an unsightly metal or wood fence around their property can be avoided by using electronic dog fences. For more than 40 years, dog trainers and breeders have been using electronic collars, wires and transmitters that have been designed to work together to keep dogs within a specified area.

By staking the boundaries in your yard, you can allow your dog to run free without having to worry about them running away or chasing a neighborhood cat. When a pooch steps outside the boundary zone, an electronic collar gives them an unpleasant stimulation around their scruff. The stimulation can be a prickly static charge or beeping sounds. The methods are left up to the dog trainer.

Because electronic dog fences are a reliable, simple and waterproof way to keep Fido safe, many dog owners have thrown away the idea of installing a traditional dog fence.

Who Shouldn't Buy Electronic Dog Fences

For years, electronic dog collars and fences have received their fair share of negative criticisms from bloggers and other media outlets; however, many of these stories have a biased agenda and do speak specifically about personal situations.

Most modern pet fences have been designed with safety shutoff controls, extremely durable collars and backup battery systems. The primary function of all fences is to keep someone safe from harm, and modern electronic dog fences are no different.

Unfortunately, many pet owners don't do the necessary research before strapping a collar on their pooch. This can lead to bodily harm or temperament problems if the systems are used incorrectly.

  • Small Dogs: Tiny breeds require special care and a watchful eye. When you are shopping for an electronic fence for your dog, make sure that you know the weight of your pooch. If you have a dog that is lighter than 10lbs, then you need to make sure that you buy a fence that is sensitive enough that you won't harm your pet.

  • Puppies: Once your dog is old enough to start comprehending commands, you can start training. According to most pet experts, when a dog is 6-8 months, they are very capable of learning proper behavior. If your dog is physically strong and is cognitively developing, then you can begin fence training.

  • Bad Tempered Dogs: If your dog is a problematic pooch, then you need to take care of their behavior issues before strapping on an electronic collar. These systems were made to keep dogs in a safe zone by coaxing them back to safety from unpleasant stimulation. A dog with an extremely bad attitude and temper will not have its problems subside because of a shock collar.

The "shocks" to your dog are made to be more annoying instead of painful. According to manufacturers, the stimulation can be set to give a warning (either a beep, slight shock or a vibration) as they approach the boundary line, your pooch passes the boundary, and it will receive a constant or pulsing stimulation. This "shock" has less charge than a static shock from touching a doorknob and does not leave any permanent marks.

Picking The Right Fence

All of the most popular Pet Fences have been designed to help train your dog to become an off-leash pooch. If used correctly, your dog will associate the area past your yard as a forbidden zone and you can worry-free about having them run away.

If you decide that an electronic fence is right for your home, you need consider the size and temperament of your pooch, as well as the space you need to mark off. Below are some popular options:

  • Perimeter Deluxe Plus Dog Fence: For years Perimeter has been developing premium dog fences that include everything you need to quickly assemble and have your dog in the backyard. The Deluxe Plus is no exception. The fence works by using a buried 18-gauge wire as a boundary area that leaves tons of area for your dog to play.

  • PetSafe Little Dog Fence: Believe it or not, there are pet fences that are made to work perfectly for smaller breed of dogs. PetSafe has recently created a 24-acre capable system that can be used on dogs as little as six pounds. With its specially sized collars and lowered strength, this system will work just like any other electric dog fence.

If your vet has said that your dog is in healthy shape and if it is at an appropriate age with a nice attitude, then it might be time to give them the extra freedom they deserve. Electronic dog fences are a quick and easy way to get your dog outdoors without investing in an unsightly fence. After all, less time spent building a fence is more time you could be outside with your pooch.

If you're looking for a dog fence to purchase, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The dog lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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