There are a few
things to consider before deciding on an invisible fence.
1. They will keep your dog in, but not others
out. Therefore another dog can come on to your property and
attack/breed to your dog. Your dog is defenseless and can't
get away without getting shocked.
2. Many outside factors can give your dog a
correction. Thunderstorms, airplanes, garage door openers and
so on can inadvertently set off your dog's collar.
3. If your dog does cross the barrier, it will
be afraid to return home for fear of the shock.
4. It should never be used on a dog under 6
mo. because it can cause nerve damage and behavioral problems.
5. If the electricity goes out, so does your
fence, or if the batteries go dead, so does your fence.
6. Some dogs just don't respond to them, ever.
You can keep buying harder and harder shockers, and they just
don't work (I have heard of this a lot with Labs).
I am not saying that e-fences are all bad, but
these are the factors you really must consider before getting
one. If you do decide to get one, it should only be used under
supervision, not on a dog under 6 mo., and should have 2 levels
of shock and a tone-only option. If you can, you should consider
a regular fence, probably about 4 ft high. It will cost the
same amount as a good system, and will keep other dogs out as
well. I know some developments do not allow regular fencing,
and I think that is sad.
© 2000 – Rebel’s Mom (first
appeared on the AcmePet dog bulletin board)
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