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Electronic Pet Fences Stop Dogs From Digging

Jan 16, 2008
Our golden retriever loved to dig, so a wooden fence wasn't enough to keep her from escaping our yard. After one harrowing escape we decided that enough was enough and that it was time to add an electronic pet fence to our backyard. That's right, we combined the two fences -- wooden and wireless -- to create totally-secure backyard environment for our dogs.

We chose the Invisible Fence system, but there are many different brands out there to choose from, and they all work in a similar manner. A wire is buried just outside the area, which is often the property line. The dogs are all fitted with special electronic collars. Whenever a dog approaches the buried wire, a beep or buzz warns the dog to move away. If the dog ignores the warning, a small electric shock nudges it away back to the safe area.

Electronic pet fences are very effective, but they're not completely safe. Dogs only receive a small shock, and a dog that is determined to cross the line can still do so. That's why proper training and conditioning is essential, something that many wireless fence owners don't do.

You can get better results by using a pet fence together with a real fence. That's what we did by installing an Invisible Fence system in parallel with our existing wooden fence. The electronic fence was easy to install in this scenario, because in most places we could simply attach it to the back of our wooden fence to save us a lot of digging.

The advantage of this system is that the physical fence keeps the dog from jumping off the property while the wireless fence keeps the dog from digging its way under the other fence. You can also adjust the pet fence's electronic field to be fairly narrow, which means the dog can still approach the physical fence quite closely before being warned away.

Dog owners looking for additional safety for their pets should consider using a wireless pet fence system in addition to a real fence. Together, the two provide exceptional protection for keeping dogs from digging their way out of your backyard.
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