Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Reader Question - Invisible Fence

As you may know, we have an abundance of dogs, 2 black labs to be specific, in our family. At the new house we are sans fence and that really needs to change. Zeus & Zoe are typically OK to wander around the yard, do their "business" and come when called, but we have had a few occasions of wandering next door to bark at the neighbor's dog, sniff out the construction at the other neighbors, etc.

We love all of the landscaping, trees, and shrubs that we have and hate to risk losing them with a traditional fence, so we are having a visit from Invisible Fence on Friday. My question(s) to all of you are, have you ever used Invisible Fence and how did you like it? Did you have any problems with your dogs running through or issues with other dogs coming in your yard?

Thanks for all of your help!

7 comments:

Libby said...

We don't have one, but one of my best friends does. Works like a charm, the only catch is that you have to be sure they're each wearing the little receiver piece each time you let them out. Not a big deal if you keep it on them all the time but if they're swimmers or anything like that you might find yourself taking their collars on and off more than you're used to. Small price to pay considering the benefits though.

Belle-ah said...

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Meg said...

We don't have one but know a couple of friends who do (did). One set has a fairly docile golden retriever who does great with it. They haven't had any trouble with other dogs coming through, but there aren't a ton of houses around theirs. The other set have an extremely rambunctious lab who is both large enough and determined enough to make it past the fence line with the collar on. As far as other dogs/animals coming in, I wouldn't leave them in an invisibly fenced yard all day while you're out because that could totally happen. But if you're around and generally keeping an eye out, even if something did come in, you'd know.

Let us know how it goes. FP usually sticks around but has been known to go on walkabouts.

Buford Betty said...

We have to have a fence... our sillies would run fa fa away if they could. They're silly like that.

Only thing w/ the invisible fence is that you won't stop other animals from coming in...

Patience-please said...

There are some 'soft' dogs who get fairly traumatized by the collars and refuse to go in the yard at all. They are the exceptions, though. The real danger is that your dogs are trapped, but not protected from Bad Characters who might come by.
Good luck with your decision! I'm sure you'll do what's best for your situation.
Patience

Far From Perfect said...

We have one...Love it. Training wasn't that difficult. It was my husband who was not trainable. Our 3 year old 85lb Airedale ran through it once. Totally wiped him on his ass,1 year later he still remembers and respects it. Our little dumb Havenese still gets a zap once in awhile. We live on a busy street and are not able to have a fence that would hold a dog. We don't even have their collares on 24/7 ...this pays off, less pet stress,

Karen said...

We have two Labs and do have an Invisible Fence. I would prefer a traditional fence, but with our lot size and neighborhood restrictions it wouldn't work. We currently have only one of our labs trained on the fence, he does great, but then again he's not the type to run away. We are going to be starting our other lab soon, she's almost out of the puppy phase and we feel like now she may catch on better. Good luck on your decision.

Karen