Invisible fence installation can be a laborious and challenging task, so if you are thinking of investing in one it is best to know the risks and benefits.
Many dog owners resort to using an invisible fence to keep their dogs within a certain area, but research shows that the invisible fence might not be worth paying for unless you have a particularly stubborn dog.
Table of Contents
- What is an Invisible Fence?
- What Are The Negatives of Using an Electric fence?
- Do Invisible Fences Cause Anxiety and Depression In Dogs?
- How Much Do Invisible Fences Cost?
- Do Invisible Fences Work?
- Can a Dog Run Through an Invisible Fence?
- Does Invisible Fence increase Home Value?
- Do Invisible Fences Work in the Snow?
- How Long Do Invisible Fences Last?
- Is My Dog Too Young for an Invisible Fence?
What is an Invisible Fence?
An Invisible fence is an invisible wire that is generated from a frequency from wires buried underground. The wire sends an electric shock via a distance sensor located on your dog’s collar.
Thanks to the receiver placed on your dog’s collar, this system will send a warning beep when he enters the restricted area, and if your dog continues to progress towards the barrier, your dog will be warned by an electric shock when they get too close to the perimeter.
What Are The Negatives of Using an Electric fence?
The shock wave sensor attached to the collar can cause injury to your dog’s skin. Some dogs are sensitive to the shocks and there have been reports of the shock collars leaving visible marks.
Various skin injuries are usually a result of continuous shocks and when the shock wave level setting is kept high. To avoid this, you should regularly remove the collar from your dog’s neck, and keep the shock level as low as possible.
In smaller breed dogs, electro shock waves come much more sharply. Due to their small stature, the severity of the shock they will feel is higher than that of large dogs. If your dog is constantly exposed to these shocks, some injuries may occur.
Invisible Fences Do Not Prevent Animals Coming From Outside
The invisible fence cannot in any way stop animals (or people) coming from the outside, due to the absence of receptors on their necks.
The animals that will come from outside are not only domestic animals, but sometimes wild animals can enter your garden and harm your dog. This can cause some problems, especially if you have a puppy.
Do Invisible Fences Cause Anxiety and Depression In Dogs?
Your dog will get shocked at least a few times before they learn where the fence boundary is. It takes a few shocks before your dog will realize what the warning beep means.
This strong stimulus will send a message to your dogs’ brain that they are in danger, and this may lead to a negative association with the garden area in general, and heightened feelings of anxiety.
In dogs (and also humans!) The brain perceives pain and discomfort as a threat to survival and triggers nervous or protective instincts. This is when anxiety disorders can develop, and Invisible fences can cause psychological issues in your dog with long-term use.
Therefore, many people argue that the psychological risk to their dog is not worth an invisible fence. It is perhaps much easier and better for your dog to keep them restrained by traditional means.
How Much Do Invisible Fences Cost?
Invisible fences can cost anywhere between $1000 to $2000. This depends on the make and model of the fence, where you want to put the fence, and how large the parameter is.
Although it is possible to install an invisible fence yourself it isn’t recommended. Not only is it a laborious task that involves digging up your garden, but you also may mislay the wires or complete the setup incorrectly. This could result in the fence not working properly.
Do Invisible Fences Work?
Despite the technology involved in operating an invisible fence, they are only around 70% effective.
Sometimes, especially if you have a large dog, the shock level may be too low and your dog will simply run through the fence without feeling anything, or your dog just may not be bothered by the shocks.
Invisible fences are also vulnerable to the outdoors and are easily damaged by weather and wildlife burrowing through the underground wires. Expect some additional maintenance to be required if you invest in an invisible fence.
Can a Dog Run Through an Invisible Fence?
Invisible fences come with different level settings so you have various options according to the size of your dog.
While some dogs have very sensitive pain thresholds, some breeds have a much more durable body. This threshold differs from dog to dog.
If you have a stubborn and ambitious dog willing to risk everything for what it’s chasing, or it’s just determined to get loose, your invisible fence probably won’t be enough to prevent its escape.
Does Invisible Fence increase Home Value?
Considering that there is a dog in almost every household, having an invisible fence installation in your house may increase the value of your house. But this depends on who is buying it.
Some people absolutely disagree with using invisible fences. Digging one out of the yard is an additional cost that they may not want to bear.
However, there are some families that may feel the need to use an invisible fence for their dogs to roam freely in their gardens without spoiling the view, or paying the cost of erecting a fence. These families may see an additional benefit to buying your home.
Do Invisible Fences Work in the Snow?
Yes, if the snow level is around 2-3 feet. Any deeper than this is considered extreme weather which will interfere with the signaling from underground, however, it is unlikely that you will have your dog outside if the snow is that deep.
Generally, the working level of the receivers can be reduced by half for the invisible fence to still work.
How Long Do Invisible Fences Last?
Invisible fences have an average lifespan of 20-25 years depending on usage. This is longer than a traditional fence, so in this regard, it may be worth investing in one.
Is My Dog Too Young for an Invisible Fence?
A dog should be at least 2 years old before you can use an invisible fence. Any younger than this can harm them both psychologically and physically.
So if you are thinking of buying one, wait until your dog is an adult or else it will sit there idle for some years before you get any use out of it. On the flip side, invisible fences are not recommended for older dogs either.
Elderly dogs have delicate psychology just like puppies. Also, their bodies are also fragile, and any unnecessary shocks can damage their heart or respiratory systems, so it is best not to use them, even if your elderly dog appears to be in good health.