When To Avoid An Electronic Dog Fence

Richard Peck, the inventor of the first wired dog fences was a door-to-door salesman who traveled all over the country. During his endeavors, he sadly saw a great deal of canines that met their demise on the sides of roads. Anxious to solve this tragedy of stray dogs being hit by cars, he developed the first-ever “invisible fence.”

For more than thirty years, dog trainers and obedience schools have used electric fences to teach pets to stay close to the home and obey simple commands. Since then, the pet community has been very divided on the use of fences. For some owners, the electronic stimulation from the collars seems inhumane. For others, the containment systems are the best option for their dogs.

Which Dogs Are Not Suited For Fence Training

  • Unhealthy or Elderly Dogs: If you have a pooch with health problems or an exceptionally old dog, you should consider alternative containment options for your pet. For some dogs, the stimulation from the collars can make ailments worse.
  • Puppies: The reason puppies shouldn’t use a receiving collar isn’t because of the shock; it’s because of the training. Most dogs are not able to learn the necessary commands for fence training until they are at least six months old. Dogs that cannot comprehend training commands can become stressed.
  • Overly Aggressive Dogs: If your dog has serious behavior problems, an electronic fence will not solve make it any better. Sometimes, particularly stubborn dogs can withstand the stimulation of the receiving collar and leave the yard anyways. For these dogs, an electronic fence will not work

Properties That Should Fences

  • Yards with Satellite Dishes and Strong Antennas: If you have a large satellite dish or multiple antennae wires around your property, be sure to avoid them. The installation of an electronic fence can interrupt the broadcast from to your electronics. Also, it can lead to a malfunctioning fence, too.
  • Property with Many Overhead Power lines and Underground Cables: Almost every property will have underground utilities, so know what’s underneath the surface of your yard before installing a fence. You must plan to avoid any power lines or cables. Call 8-1-1 for a free appraisal to find out what is underground on your property. Also, avoid crossing power lines with your fence.
  • Homes Without Garages, Sheds or Carports: The transmitter is the brain of electronic fence and it needs to stay dry. Plus, the transmitter needs to be close to the fence’s containment area, especially for a wired system. Garages and Sheds are ideal for a transmitter, but a covered carport or porch will work, as well. Note- transmitters should be installed away from major appliances such as water heaters and AC units for optimum performance.
By Sean Bowes