Hidden fences serve as a humane option to keep a dog in the yard, as long as pets and owners are properly trained.
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Greg Smith is the owner of six Chihuahuas. Smith and his dogs can enjoy their backyard now that there’s an underground fence.
Greg Smith, homeowner: “We actually installed it shortly after we moved here about three years ago. It was working with either that one or a regular fence and it seemed more convenient for us to still see the nature, still see the wildlife in the back if we used an underground fence.”
Bob Swarm, Indiana Dog Fence: “Those traditional fences, for what they are for, they are fine, but they can cost thousands of dollars more than what an underground fence can cost.”
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “The great thing about it it’s very flexible. You can configure them any which way you want. If you don’t want your pet to get to the swingset you can adjust and leave the swingset out of your area.”
Swarm: “When they go out and get near the line, the collar reads the radio signal and the dog will get a tone and that’s its warning that you need to get back. So really the training is all about teaching the dog to back up when it hears the tone.”
Hicks: “You want to be sure you are talking to an installer about the type of training that is incorporated with the cost of the fence. If you are concerned about the charge that comes with the fence and your pet, you should also consult with your veterinarian.”
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Swarm: “All of them ultimately will shock them. The thing about it is safer by design and greater peace of mind. It used to be when I started here 10 years ago we had four shock levels. Now we have 13. A lot of times I’ll insist a homeowner feel it. I’ll say I want you to know what your dog is experiencing. It eases their mind a lot to know that their dog is not getting zapped to a point where it’s making them fearful.”
Though underground and wireless fences can help keep pets in certain boundaries, it’s important to remember that these systems cannot keep other animals out of your yard.
Angie’s List tips:
• The collar contains batteries that typically last 6 to 8 months
• Ask about training
• Check Angie’s List for local reviews on animal fencing