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Electronic fences for dogs

Considering purchase of one of those underground, electronic fences. Do they work and are they safe? Anyone share experiences? Thanks!
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While some have had good success with these fences there are some drawbacks that should be taken into consideration.

While your dog can be trained to remain within the boundary lines established by the fence it will not keep other dogs or animals *out* of your yard and this means that strays can enter your yard if there is not a physical barrier (fence) present.

If your dog somehow gets on the wrong side of the boundary his collar will prevent him from re-entering the 'yard'.

A power outage can mean a fence outage...

While your dog will learn his boundaries and respect his territory after he has learned his limits please remember that no barrier is 100% (a fence gate can be left open, a leash can break, etc, when speaking of other restraint methods) and it is really not recommended for dogs in an electronic fenced area to be outside in the fencing without supervision.

I know of many who love their e-fences... and a few who have had bad results as well (one dog was attacked in his yard by a stray, another managed to get out of the boundary and wandered off... perhaps a loose battery in the collar, and was not found for a few days).

Just be sure to research the different models you are interested in and take the time needed to acclimate your dog to the fencing and only use it when you can supervise your dog in the yard.
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I had a neighbor who had their dog on one of these.  Their dog liked to come over and play with my dogs, and would just scream and cry when he got past his 'fence', so I would remove his collar, hating that it hurt him, and wanting our dogs to enjoy playing together.  This dog's parents asked me not to remove the collar, and I told them that when I hear him screaming, I would remove it, anyway.  And I did.  They were not happy with me, and eventually bought a run for the dog.  I was glad that they found restraint that did not cause pain.  Blessings - Blu
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Good for you.  Making an enclosed dog safe area is the best way to go.
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we have a wireless fence for our husky. she can go 100 feet from where ever the transmitter is plugged in. it has worked great. wegot it at tractor supply for like $300.
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We love ours.  We have a fenced backyard, but one of our dogs is an escape artist.  We added an underground electronic fence.  Now we can leave the gate open to get the mower in or whatever and our dog doesn't leave.  She has learned the boundary and doesn't even wear the collar anymore.  The only problem we have had in the past was that was still a runner so if we were elsewhere (visiting family) and she wasn't on a leash, she ran.  She didn't run away, just took off for the shear fun of it, eventually stopping and waiting for us to get her. We've never had close calls with this, but it could potentially be dangerous.  She is older now and doesn't show this behavior, but it was a problem for a couple of years. The obvious goal here is to train a dog to come on command.  If you are using the fence to shirk your duty as a dog owner, you might rethink this.  If you are using it in addition to responsible training, it might be a good fit for your family.  Hope this helps.  Good luck.
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We have a large acreage and 5 dogs. We installed a Pet Smart Invisible fence system and are very happy with the results.  You have to train the dogs for Three weeks so they will know where the boundaries are.  Go online To Invisible fence systems.  
There are many types of Invisible fencing systems so you will have ti decide which one is right for your situation.
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