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Invisible Fences: Do or Don't?
April 1, 2021

Everyone knows that dogs love to run and play outside. Most pups will enjoy and benefit from a fenced-in yard. If you’re interested in installing fencing so your pooch can have an outdoor play space, consider invisible fencing. A local veterinarian lists a few things to think about below.


P  ros

Invisible fences offer a variety of benefits. First, they are inexpensive. If you happen to live in an HOA, you might also be spared the hassle of making sure your fence is up to code. This will vary depending on the HOA and its rules. Invisible fences can be used on any type of terrain, and are quick and easy to install. Another benefit is they won’t obstruct your view because they are invisible.


Cons

There are also some relevant cons to invisible fences. For example, they are not ‘plug and play.’ You’ll need to train your furry buddy where the fence is. This means taking time to walk your pet along the border. Most manufacturers offer directions, and some will work with you. This is something to consider when shopping. Also, keep in mind that even if the fence keeps your dog in, it won’t keep the neighbor’s pet—or any other animals—out. Reliability is another issue. If the electricity is disrupted, your fence won’t work. Lastly, these fences make dogs uncomfortable. Your four legged friend  may get confused or agitated. Some dogs will just ignore the fence and bolt through anyway.


Tips

These are some general pros and cons. However, it’s also important to consider your dog’s personality and temperament. If you have an active doggie that is pretty likely to run, an invisible fence may not be the best option. Generally, these are likely to work best in quiet areas, and with dogs that will probably stick close to home anyway. It’s also important to realize that some of the pros we listed can become cons. For example, an invisible fence won’t block your view, but it also won’t offer you the privacy that another type would. It’s safe to say that physical fences are the better choice in most situations. 


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