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Is An Electric Dog Fence Right For You?

 

Is An Electric Dog Fence Right For You?

When properly installed and with appropriate training, electric dog fences have a very high success rate (upwards of 99.95%) The biggest factor in the success is proper training and installation.

 

Pros     

Unobtrusive:  Since electric dog fences are virtually invisible they are an appealing aesthetic alternative to traditional fencing. Similarly, unlike physical barrier fences, they don't get in the way. People can move freely around the property and you won't block your view.

Cost Effective: Traditional fencing can cost upwards of $5000 to $10,000. Electric dog fencing for a comparably sized property costs around $300-$500.

Superior Containment: Some dogs will make it their mission to dig under, hurdle over, or chew through your brand new, expensive fence ruining it and risking injury or death to the dog. Electric dog fencing has a much greater success rate at containing dogs once they are properly trained.

Portable: Unlike traditional fences your electric dog fence system can be taken with you when you move. Your electronics account for about 70% of your initial cost, so you can simply remove your transmitter box and collar and take them with you. It is not practical to dig up the perimeter wire.

Exercise & Freedom:Hidden fence systems can go where most regular fences can’t. You can install your wired system through water, wooded areas, mountainous areas, inside your home and in your front yard. Dogs are normally much happier and healthier when they are give full freedom to roam their boundaries.

 

 

Cons

Training & Installation Required: Electric dog fence success hinges on completing proper training and installation. Most dogs are fully trained within one week following the recommended training regiment of two ten minute sessions per day. Average installation time varies from 2-20 hours depending on the terrain and quality of the installation.

Minimum Yard Size:  For your dog to have a safe space within the boundaries of the electric fence your yard needs to be at least 15’X15’. Smaller spaces are not suitable for electric dog fencing.

Power Source: Dog fence systems require an indoor power source. No power, no fence.The average electricity cost per year to operate most models runs from $10-$20.

I Don’t Want To Shock My Dog: The voltage on most systems is less than the static you would get when you walk across a carpeted rug and touch a doorknob.  Most dogs are smart enough not to test the boundary after the first or second time during training. Many people still worry about harming their dog.