A preferred option to allow your dogs to roam
outdoors is to fence in an area for them. The fencing can be wooden,
or possibly mesh, depending on the breed of your pet. Drawbacks
include cost, and the constant battle to stay ahead of 'escape
artist' dogs. In addtion, traditional fencing requires constant
efforts. The main advantage is the ability to not only confine
your own pet, but prevent other animals, children, etc., from wandering
into your pet's 'space'.
Physical fences can be combined
with 'e-fence' containment systems.
feel free to use any of our resources to help determine
if an e-fence system is right for you.
A listing of all models of e-fences that we
stock and recommend. Pricing, system information, and owners
manuals are available for all models.
Several articles concerning common installation
questions. Topics include suggested wire layouts, incorporating
your system with an existing fence, and crossing driveways.
An article covering a brief 7-step method
for training your dog to use a pet containment system.
A non-biased comparison of several brands of
e-fence systems, including Innotek, PetSafe, Dogtra, and SportDog.
An e-fence, or electronic pet fencing
system, can be an ideal solution on it's own, or combined with
a physical fence to provide a double
layer of protection. Many consumers simply refer to this type of
fence as an 'invisible fence'. However, 'Invisible Fence' is a
name brand of Invisible
Fence, Inc., and should be used only in reference
to that specific company. PetSafe provides a nice resource site that
gives indepth information and the pro's and con's of static stimulation
Although there are several brands and models available,
all of the systems work in much the same manner. A transmitter
on a wall, and a boundary wire is attached. The wire goes out to
the boundary of your property, encloses the property, and eventually
works back to the transmitter. In other words, the wire makes a continuous
loop that begins and ends at the transmitter. Contrary to popular
opinion, the wire does not carry any electrical current. Instead,
it serves as an
'broadcasts' a low level radio signal that is received by a special
collar that is worn by your dog. The collar then issues a warning
tone or vibration, or a low level static
correction to alert your dog to the boundary of the yard, depending
on what type of system you own. With proper training, the dog learns
to retreat back into the safety of your property in response to
collar stimulus. These systems are very effective, and allow your
dog to freely roam in a specific area outdoors.
Costs for e-fence systems range from about $100
for a simple 'do-it-yourself' system to over a thousand dollars
for professionally installed model.
In our experience, most homeowners can easily install a system
in a few hours, and can properly train their pet to use it in a
week or two. As for the actual installation, it is not as much 'brain'
work as it is simply labor intensive. A few yard tools, such as an
edger or flat-edged shovel, can greatly reduce the amount of time
required to install a new system. Most all manufacturers include
DVD's that cover installation and training, and offer toll-free
'help lines' should you need to talk with an expert about your
specific situation. Browse a wide selection of e-fence
systems and compare features and functions at
PetSafe makes a 'Wireless Instant Fence' (PetSafe
IF-300) that eliminates the need for wires or installation.
However, that system is limited to relatively flat areas, and the
shape of the containment field will be a circle. However, if your
circumstances fit the strengths of this system, it may be an excellent
choice for you.
As stated earlier, e-fences may also be integrated
into existing physical fences. This is especially helpful in countering
antics as digging under or jumping over the fence.
Not all breeds respond well to e-fences. Some
aggressive animals, as well as breeds with a strong hunting instinct,
may ignore the stimulus from an e-fence. Also, while an electronic
fence may do an excellent job of containing your pet, it will not
prevent other animals or persons from entering your pet's 'space'.
In these cases, a physical fence or pen would be the only option