Does your poo ch have a yard to play in? If so, that’s wonderful. Dogs can do fine in apartments, but they really do love to run and play outside. Most of our canine buddies will both enjoy and benefit from having a fenced-in yard. If you’re looking at installing fencing, so Fido can have an outdoor play space, you may be wondering about invisible fences. A local vet lists some things to consider before getting one of these below.
Invisible fences do offer some appealing benefits. One of the bigger selling points is that they are quite affordable. If you live in an HOA, you may also be spared the hassle of making sure your fence is up to code. Of course will vary, depending on the HOA and its rules. These fences can be used on any type of terrain, and are quick and easy to install. Finally, because they are invisible, they won’t obstruct your views.
There are a few downsides to invisible fences. For one, these devices are definitely not ‘plug and play.’ You’ll need to teach Fido where the fence is, which means taking time to walk him along the perimeter. Most manufacturers do offer directions on this, and some will even work with you. Another thing to keep in mind is that even if the fence keeps your dog in, it won’t keep the neighbor’s pup—or any other animals—out. Reliability is another issue. If electricity is disrupted, your fence won’t work.
While these are some general pros and cons, it’s also important to consider your dog’s personality and temperament. If you have an active pooch that is pretty likely to run, such as a husky, an invisible fence may not be the best option. Some dogs will just ignore the fence and bolt through anyway. Generally, these are likely to work best in quiet areas, and with dogs that will probably stick close to home anyway. Keep in mind that invisible fences do make dogs uncomfortable. Fido may get confused or agitated. It’s also important to realize that some of the pros we listed can become cons. For instance, an invisible fence, by nature, won’t offer you the privacy that another type would. Physical fences are the better choice in most situations. However, ask your vet for specific advice.
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