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History Of Invisible Fence

The product we have come to know as an Invisible Fence® was invented in suburban Philadelphia in 1973. A traveling salesman named Richard Peck saw an opportunity to help keep dogs out of roads and other trouble.  In his travels, Mr. Peck saw many dogs that we injured or unfortunately killed running out into the streets.

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Richard Peck inventor of Invisible Fence Brand

An avid dog lover who also enjoyed tinkering with electronics, Mr. Peck spent many hours

working with an electronic engineer experimenting with different components. After many tries, they came up with a winning idea. That idea was the first patented Invisible Fence®

The concept consisted of three parts: a base unit or transmitter box mounted indoors, a receiver collar for the dog to wear, and a wire placed around the perimeter of the homeowner’s property. The transmitter box generated a coded signal. That coded signal was transmitted through the wire that was buried in the ground; The receiver collar was worn on the dog’s neck. The collar would deliver an electric stimulus to the dog if he attempted to cross the boundary wire.

Mr. Peck was concerned about the short and long term effects of delivering this stimulus to animals.  He partnered with the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to research the short and long term effects on a dog using this type of fence. The study showed that there were no negative health concerns (both short and long term) for a dog using the Invisible Fence®.

The late 1970’s gave birth to the phenomenon known as suburban sprawl.These new planned communities often had deed restrictions on physical fencing and dog pens. The restrictions made these communities the perfect market for electric dog fences. The dog fences gave the opportunity to homeowners to have a dog, give him access to the yard and follow the rules of their community.

The first dog fences were sold by mail order and catalogs. Sales were slow in the beginning. Invisible Fence® enjoyed coverage in two respected magazines, Dogs and Dog Fancy.  Mr. Peck retired and sold his company in the 1980’s.  A group of Philadelphia based investors purchased the rights and the modern Invisible Fence® was born.

Today’s consumers have many choices in electric pet containment. They can choose a professionally installed system such as Invisible Fence Brand®, Pet Stop®, or Dogwatch®.  Dog owners can also save a significant sum of money by opting for a do-it-yourself system . All of these choices are the result of a traveling salesman who saw the opportunity to improve the quality of a dog’s life. See more reasons to take the DIY approach here!

Comment / Questions about History of Invisible Fence

Arnold Johnson
October 23, 2014

Visitor: I have an Invisible Fence Brand Transmitter and I need to get it up and running, what is the best way to go about this?


Bill1:42 PM Hello, it really depends on a lot of different factors, does it appear to be currently functional Do you have collars for it?


Visitor 206554661:43 PM I don't have collars, and it look like the 12V adapter is missing. But it appears to be in good condition, and the wire is intact.


Bill1:43 PM You would probably be better off just buying a complete system


Bill1:44 PM The invisible fence brand collars run about 300 dollars Each


Visitor 206554661:44 PM Wow That’s pretty expensive Bill1:45 PM Yes that’s invisible fence brand


Visitor 206554661:45 PM I remember at our other house we had a Pet Safe system for like $139. But the dog took forever to learn it.


Visitor 206554661:46 PM I'd like a more advanced one. With the "one way" shock. Bill1:46 PM Yes just Invisible Fence brand is that expensive


Bill1:47 PM Our collars aren't anywhere near that much The wire is universal so you could use the existing wire, as long as it is intact


Visitor 206554661:48 PM In-Ground Dog Fence Kits Without Wire | Shop Now, Fast Shipping Bill1:48 PM So any of these kits would work for you, what kind of dog is it?


Visitor 206554661:49 PM They're mixes. Lab/Dachshund and Lab/Catahoula/something


Bill1:50 PM https://www.flexpetz.com/perimeter-technologies-deluxe-ultra-without-wire.html Perimeter Technologies | Deluxe Ultra Dog Fence without Wire


Bill1:50 PM I would recommend that system that is the best quality in my opinion If you have two dogs you would want to add an extra collar on that product page


Bill1:51 PM 79 dollars for an extra collar That’s the same system i have for my two dogs


Visitor 206554661:51 PM Looks pretty good.


Bill1:52 PM Yes really good system, also Invisible Fence brand locks you up with proprietary batteries and really pricey service calls that system you would pretty much disconnect the invisible fence transmitter and plug in the new one, fit the collars to the dogs neck and train them on the system


Bill1:53 PM Training is pretty easy, just a matter of keeping the dogs on the leash for about a week and showing them the boundaries


Visitor 206554661:53 PM OK. What's the best way to figure out where the dog fence in ground wire is? I'm not sure of the boundaries.


Bill1:54 PM Once you hook up the new system you would just walk the line and listen to the collar beep and mark the boundaries with the flags, so that the dogs would have a good visual boundary And then the flags stay up for about a month or so You remove them gradually


Visitor 206554661:54 PM Ah. OK. Is there a way to figure it out before I buy a new system?


Bill1:54 PM To find the boundaries you would need the collars, and a working transmitter to send signal through the line Than just walk the perimeter line Bill1:55 PM Collar will beep when it gets close to the line


Visitor 206554661:56 PM Sure. I guess the risk for me is buying the system, and finding out the boundaries are not what i expected.


Bill1:56 PM Yeah you could buy a wire break detector and locate the wire if you wanted


Bill1:57 PM https://www.flexpetz.com/petsafe-wire-break-locator-rfa-50.html That’s pretty much the only two ways to locate the wire, or third option have invisible fence come out, they will charge you 85 to 150 dollars for a service call


Visitor 206554661:58 PM OK.


Visitor 206554662:02 PM Thanks. Out of curiosity, what about a wireless option? Good idea?


Bill2:04 PM No the wireless systems are terrible in my opinion They are very restrictive and only operate in a circle, so impossible to customize


Visitor 206554662:05 PM OK. My yard is like a triangle. That would not work.


Bill2:05 PM They are also not near as precise and the collars are huge


Visitor 206554662:06 PM That sounds less than ideal.


Bill2:06 PM That’s true


Visitor 206554662:07 PM One last question, does your system do the one way correction?


Bill2:08 PM You mean like the Yardmax mode? Or the boundaries plus that Invisible Fence Brand offers?


Visitor 206554662:08 PM If the dog goes out, he gets the correction, but not if he comes back in.


Bill2:09 PM Ah we have a different system that does that, let me grab you the link https://www.flexpetz.com/petsafe-yard-max-without-wire.html PetSafe | YardMax DIY Dog Fence System without Wire


Bill2:10 PM So this is the retail version of the same system that Invisible Fence sells for about 1200 dollars Actually Invisible Fence and PetSafe are the same company, they use the Brand to sell a more expensive item Both do the exact same thing but the yardmax uses a rechargeable collar as opposed to a collar battery that costs you 25 dollars per battery each


Bill2:11 PM I like the perimeter fence system myself unless you have a very small yard, because it’s made in the U.S.A. and I generally find the quality much better, less features less things that can go wrong with it basically, both systems are excellent.

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