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Question DetailsAsked on 5/17/2011

invisible pet fence anyone?

i'm thinking about getting an invisible pet fence. we have tiny boston terrier named molly that is very fast and very smart. is it likely that she will run out of the yard at high speed if she sees a squirrel, and won't be able to cross the wire at slow speed, to come back home? also, my property slopes gently into a small lake with dual fountains...should i extend the wire out into the water? is it a huge wired loop, or can i have individual runners going ou to other areas?

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" is it likely that she will run out of the yard at high speed if she sees a squirrel, and won't be able to cross the wire at slow speed, to come back home?"

Yes. Invisible Fence is only as good as the next rabbit or Very Interesting Thing. Also, the fence does not prevent other animals from entering your property. In other words, it does not protect your pet very well.

Answered 9 years ago by Commonsense


I don't know if you are aware but most vets frown on the electric fence. It does offer quite a jolt and has caused sensitive animals to have permanent anxiety issues. We have relatives who have chosen to use it and the collars make me cringe. The little peke actually got a nasty burn on her neck from the latest zap. Why not just fence off a small area for your little dog to run around ? Since she's not very large, it would probably serve her needs. As an animal lover, I know how important it is to keep our pets safe.

Answered 9 years ago by michelemabelle


Presuming your Molly will wear a special collar that can be regulated for shock value. As others have cautioned, not only will it not prevent other animals from entering your yard, until Molly recognizes her boundries she may bolt beyond the "line". Once zapped, it is highly unlikely she will attempt to cross it again to return to her home turf.

Unless technology has greatly improved, it's unlikely you will be able to install it into a pond or water feature.

Seems your best bet is to fence an area for Molly's use or keep her on leash when outdoors until you both graduate from obedience classes specializing in voice commands. Please keep your pupper safe!

Answered 9 years ago by tessa89



The decision to purchase an underground fence is an important one. Unlike the other replies, who are against the fance, I am for the fence.

You must ask yourself 2 questions up front: Do you have time to properly train the dog or would you rather have someone else train the dog?

If you have time to install the fence (which is easy) and time to train the dog. You should look for a PetSafe brand fence in a larger retail store. Be sure to get a model that is made for smaller dogs. Not because the stimulation the dog will receive is any different, but because the collar will fit the dog better.

My suggestion would be to call Invisible Fence and have them come to your house and install the fence. They will also spend the time training the dog so you don't have to. This training is what keeps the dog in the area when a squirrel bolts and keeps the dog happy. NO DOG IS HAPPY WHEN THEY ARE THROWN OUTSIDE WITH A NEW FENCE AND GET ZAPPED AND DON'T KNOW WHY.

The collar does not "shock" anything. It delivers a static stimulation that is similar to dragging your feet on the carpet and touching a door knob. Because of this, it is safe to use in the rain. Make sure you get a waterproof collar if you plan on aquatic adventures with your animal. This will also keep your dog from getting "burn marks" However, rotate where the probes are contacting the skin to prevent sores, comparable to bed sores.

P.S. Most vets reccomend underground fences with the proper training.

Thanks and good luck

Answered 9 years ago by justinleeramsey


Think about it this way. Properly trained, or even improperly trained, your dog cannot/will not get out. Any animal big or small can get in and attack your dog, and then the attacker will get out.

Then you can go to the vet with your pet. If he or she is still alive, that is.

Get a real fence. A good, well built, fence will provide a safer place for your precious pet to be enclosed in.

Answered 9 years ago by Stasia


The invisible fence worked great for 15 yrs. w/ my shepherd, I loved it.

It won’t work for every breed or every dog. I don’t think it would contain a beagle which is a breed that likes to run after game but it works great on a breed that likes to stick around their home to protect it. I now have a Yorkie and of course the collar is too big but I don’t think it would contain my Yorkie – she has a mind of her own and loves to roam.

When my shepherd was less than 3 yrs. of age she would occasionally go through the fence. Of course she learned if she went fast she would not get zapped but she would always return home.

We even had the fence installed inside our house – she could not go into the living and dining rooms.

The zapper can be adjusted so the dog gets a mild zap or a heavier zap.

I recommend it but not for every breed or for every dog. My girlfriends golden would run out of it but would come back in.

Answered 9 years ago by xyz


Justin, you may love the fence but you are absolutely incorrect on some facts. Most vets do NOT recommend the fence. As far as rotating the points in the collar, you must have the collar on at a choking level. If you follow the collar finger-rule, the points always fall to the area beneath the chin. Are you, by any, chance in the electric fence business personally? Sounds too much like a sales pitch to me.

Answered 9 years ago by michelemabelle

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