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Is an Invisible Fence Best for My Dog?

Invisible fence problems

Invisible fences aren’t usually superior to standard residential fences.

No matter how much your pup loves you, sometimes they just can’t resist the call of the wild. If your furry friend is constantly attempting to explore the outside world at the expense of their own safety, you’re probably desperate to find a solution. You don’t want to confine your dog to the indoors, and you don’t always have time to walk them several times a day, so you need a fenced yard. Of course, when it comes to keeping your dog safe in your yard, there are so many fencing options. One type of fence that consistently pops up when pet owners are searching for a way to make their yard safer is the invisible fence. Some pet owners find great success with such products, but they have pitfalls that can be very dangerous for your pet.

Limited Effectiveness

Every dog is different. Invisible fences generally work by administering a shock to your dog when they step over the line of your invisible fence barrier. For some dogs, the shock is mild, but jarring enough to curb the behavior. For others, the shock could land much more heavily and instill panic. On the flip side of that, some dogs don’t even respond to the shock that goes along with invisible fences. The amount of outcomes is so vast and so varied that this technology simply might not do the job with your particular dog. If your dog is very focused on chasing something, or feels determined, they could simply register the shock and keep on moving. For these reasons, an invisible fence might not be the safest option for your family home.

The Threat of Power Outages

Even if your pet responds perfectly to your invisible fence and it effectively keeps him or her from venturing beyond the border, what happens when it loses power? Invisible fences need a power source just like any other electric device. If your area experiences a power outage and your pup doesn’t have that shock to remind them not to run, he or she is free to leave without any issue.

Inadaptable to Large or Misshaped Yards

The perimeter of your fence is derived from a central location. This perimeter can only extend so far from that center point. If your yard stretches far beyond that circular perimeter, you might find your pup completely confined to a small area of your larger yard. Even worse, if your yard is irregularly shaped, you might find a few gaps in the coverage that aren’t safely secured. Chances are, you chose your home because the yard would be perfect for your dog. Restricting them to a small circle might not be ideal for you.

Traditional Fencing with Hercules Fence of Washington DC

If you’re convinced that a traditional fence is the best option for you pet, contact Hercules Fence of Washington DC. At Hercules Fence, we specialize in the installation and maintenance of several fence styles throughout the Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina areas. Residential fencing provides a welcoming appearance to complement your home. Our sales team can offer you many selections to choose from to accommodate your privacy, semi-privacy, and decorative needs, and our professionals use only the highest quality materials to install your fence at a price that is reasonable and affordable.

We also specialize in commercial fencing to keep your business safe and secure while also looking professional and welcoming. To get started with your residential fence for your home, call us today at 1-800-883-3623. You can also visit our contact page to find a full list of our locations and phone numbers.


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