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  1. sleek98

    sleek98 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Does anyone have an invisible fence for their dogs that they like and would recommend, or brands to stay away from? We are getting another golden doodle, our current house doesnt have a fence. Our current dog (whos 10) doesnt venture out far enough to worry about it. We live on 1.5 acres but I doubt the new dog will be as much of a wuss as our current dog.
     
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    VegasMichael Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Had one years ago and it worked great but don't remember the brand name. The only problem was that if the dog saw something that it really wanted to chase it would just blast through the "fence" and not care if it got a shock or, as the installer said, "a correction".
     
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    never had one but I've heard this quite a few times, they'll just bolt through it then wait to be let back in later (assuming they come back)
     
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    rotor_powerd Well-Known Member Premium Member Established Member

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    We had Hidden Fence brand installed this past summer, it works great. We have about an acre fenced in and neither our basset hound or lab has had any issues with it. They were considerably cheaper than Invisible Fence
     
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    PhoenixM3 Hello Kitty Slayer Premium Member Established Member

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    I've got about 3 acres fenced, and we used the original "Invisible Fence" The cost includes training the dogs. Not cheap but certainly cheaper than enclosing 3 acres with an actual fence.
     
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    PhoenixM3 Hello Kitty Slayer Premium Member Established Member

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    That has never happened with our dogs. The deer can be just outside the fenced area, and the dogs will go up to, but not cross the fence.
     
  7. Deceptive

    Deceptive Brad's Spirit Donkey Premium Member Established Member

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    My wife is very anti-invisible fence. These are her reasons.

    1. It will not stop a motivated dog like a conventional fence.

    2. It will not keep out other dogs like a conventional fence.

    3. Some dogs don’t take to the training.


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    L8APEX Well-Known Member Premium Member Established Member

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    It's all going to depend on the dogs.
    Mom had one about 17 years ago with two smaller dogs (two little mutts). If you crank up the range so that the collar would start beeping within 10 ft of the line, and if they keep going they'd get zapped longer, so they learned fairly quick even in a chase if they heard the beep they needed to stop and backup and then they would sit/stand and just bark their heads off.
    Now my sister had a Chihuahua and it'd just run along and zigzag along the line yelping, and she never learned.
    If they are smaller and smart enough they work at keeping your dogs in.

    But before you throw the collars on them go out and test it without it on the dogs first. I had it set too high and you couldn't get off the front step without a zap after I first plugged it in, as I had the knob turned the wrong way, and it was maxed out. Put up the flags so the dogs learn how far they can go, and over the course of a month you can remove them a few at a time till they are all gone. They had a training video and if you followed it and worked with the pups they caught on quicker. But again you'll have to have a dog that can figure it out.
    I used yard staples instead of burring the line and it made installing very easy, the grass grows over it within a few weeks. The only trouble spot is on the driveway, as you typically use the seam for the sidewalk to get it across the driveway. It's easy for someone trimming along the drive to cut the line there. I had to splice it back together there many times.

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  9. sleek98

    sleek98 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Didn't realize Invisible fence was a brand. I was just meaning a buried wire fence.

    I will check out the hidden fence brand. I was looking at both the Sportdog and Extreme dog brands due to their high ratings on amazon both 4.5 with 750-1500 reviews

    I was hoping that you can adjust how far out the beep is. our lot is around 275' x 250' and I was thinking of putting in a 150x200' square around the house. It is more of a stay away from the road hope. Our current doodle will run behind the shop and down to the creek but he doesnt venture too far away.

    This is something else that concerns me. If they really want to go theres not much stopping him, our neighbors have a german shepard and they have not had any issues with their underground fence which is what made me start looking into it.
     
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    I just used remote control collars on my boys, it has worked out well. If you go that route then get the longest range as a dog will try to run through it/ past it. They listen SO much better when wearing the collars as well. I haven’t actually turned on the collars in a couple years unless we are drinking and put a collar on a buddy for entertainment. Just as a disclaimer, I put the collar on myself to test before putting one on the dogs so I know what I am doing to them. It’s an amazing training tool


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  11. CobraBob

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    I'm sure there is some truth to her thinking, James, but at least here in our neighborhood there are about 6-10 homes with some brand of electric/invisible fence to keep their dogs in. All of those fences work 100% for them. Even when there is another dog on the sidewalk of a "fenced" front yard, the dog inside never tries to venture out. So although I'm sure there are exceptions, I would bet the majority of the invisible fence installations work quite well.
     
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    I had it for a lab years ago. He wanted to play with something bad enough that we found him sitting on the opposite side of the fence on the neighbors grass just chillin.
     
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    On the old systems it basically just increased the power to the wire, on a longer run you needed to turn it up to deal with resistance. But on a small box turning up the power keeps making the boundary areas bigger as it made more EM noise that the collars pick up sooner. Then for the line coming from the house out to the boundary you simply wove the two wires together and it canceled out the signal. They could pass over it with no issues.

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    My neighbors have one, along with a doggy door. It’s really annoying their dog just chills outside even when their not home and barks.

    Also it helps if they actually put the collar on their dog most of the time for it to actually work. It’s gone after my wife in the back yard, front yard, UPS guy and an Amazon delivery person.

    it’s also not technically “legal” in my county and doesn’t abide by the leash law, especially if it’s proven it can’t keep the dog contained.

    HTH
     
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    That is how a couple of the dogs in our neighborhood are. We are on 1-4 acre lots so it’s not a huge deal. I don’t want to leave him outside all the time just don’t want him to run away when we let them out to go potty
     
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    We're on 35 acres. I use garmin's alpha collars. Gps location of your dog, 10 mile range and you can "correct" them with it. It has saved me a few times. A little pricey, but worth it in my opinion.

    **** Inslee, NO MORE MASKS!
     
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    I know the big thing is training the dog properly for the fence. But again, that does not stop or even impede anther dog from entering into the area. She has dealt with a few dogs attacked by other dogs where the owners had an invisible fence.

    I initially wanted an invisible fence as it would have been a lot cheaper than fencing in my backyard. I fenced in my backyard for the dogs but also for my child.

    Also, the more I thought about the more I felt that my dogs would 100% not give a shit about an invisible fence. Those two retards would run right through it regardless of the training.
     
  18. SweetSVT99

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    Wife got a black lab about a month ago. I'm not all that keen on the invisible fence idea, but I also don't want a fence in the area that our yard doesn't have one, so I went cheap just to try it out. We didn't have to go through the training for her at all, the first time she felt that static correction, she won't go anywhere near it.

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    Well, that cant be said for many other dogs and remember when they cross over the line and get zapped they are NOT coming back thru it willingly. So if ur not there to see it ur dog isn't coming back into ur yard.

    So an electric fence can work to keep ur dog OUT of ur yard as well after crossing so proper training with ur dog is important when u have the possibility of the dog running across the electric fence for a deer.

    My dog would Pace back n fourth getting the courage up to break past the barrier. He would stay right out of the "Zap" zone and make a run for it screaming and crying the whole time as he broke past it.

    I had to use my electric collar (Remote training one) and zap him as he even got close to the "Danger Zone". He was a stubborn HARD dog!

     
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    That is a solid point she makes. It doesn't keep other dogs out, or critters like coyotes if they're in the area. We have a strict leash law here so wandering dogs are very rare. But in an area where dogs are allowed to roam off property, I can see where an invisible fence might not be a solid choice.
     

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