What Is an Invisible Fence and Why You Should Consider Getting One

What Is an Invisible Fence and Why You Should Consider Getting One

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By Mateos Glen Hayes October 12, 2022

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If you have a furry friend you love, it’s only natural to want to keep them safe. Everyone wants to keep their pooch far away from anything dangerous like cars, feral animals, poison, or any other thing a dog might come across when they are unsupervised. However, dog crates are very confining and therefore far from the best solution if you want to keep your pup from wandering into danger. In this article, let’s talk about wireless fences and how they can work to keep your doggo safe. 

What Is an Invisible Fence for Dogs? 

Old-style electric fences keep your dog within invisible boundaries with the use of a collar and a radio transmitter.

Old-style electric fences keep your dog within invisible boundaries with the use of a collar and a radio transmitter.

Dogs and cats love to explore and go into every single part of your house or property, which means that sometimes they might try to go into places that aren’t safe - like an electric room or a place with poison against pests. Pet barriers, dog crates, and cat-proofing your home are a solution, but they can often be clunky. To make matters worse, they can also make fido anxious about being confined, and this can cause even more problems.

An invisible fence is simply a device that eliminates a bunch of these downsides while still providing you with a way to keep pets from straying into dangerous areas. These devices use a radio transmitter to keep your dog from straying beyond a predetermined boundary. This way, if the rover ends up running out of bounds, the invisible fence will give your dog a slight shock to call them back and keep them from running into a busy highway.

Let your dog play freely and in safety with an invisible fence.

Let your dog play freely and in safety with an invisible fence.

Some electric dog fence installation companies will help train your pet so that they learn to stay within the boundaries of your property. This is usually done with temporary marker flags that allow the dog to learn where the boundaries are, at which point the flags are removed. As we will see, some of these newer wireless fence systems use a GPS for extra precision and safety and will prevent your pet from causing damage.   

Benefits of an Outdoor Invisible Dog Fence 

Outdoor invisible fences keep your pet from straying outside of your lawn and away from danger.

Outdoor invisible fences keep your pet from straying outside of your lawn and away from danger.

An outdoor electric fence for dogs comes with many compelling benefits no matter the size or shape of your property - keeping your dog safe while still giving them the most room to roam in safety. 

Safety First 

The biggest benefit of an invisible fence is of course the added safety. Keeping your dog on your property prevents mishaps and also keeps them from being a nuisance to other people. Wireless fences can even deter pet thieves and keep your pup safe from contagious diseases that come from other dogs. Invisible electric fences for dogs are also more reliable than other solutions because, unlike a gate or barrier, there is no way you can leave a wireless fence “open”.  

Underground and Out of the Way

Invisible fences can be adapted to fit in any lawn regardless of size, and unlike a physical fence, won’t take up space. Physical fences can be very bulky and tend to take up a lot more room than you might think. You can reclaim 30% more yard space with a wireless fence, making this a perfect solution especially if space is at a premium.

Keep the space between your lawn and other properties free from the clutter of fencing.

Keep the space between your lawn and other properties free from the clutter of fencing.

Smarter Technology

Newer invisible fences now include smart technology that makes them safer and more effective. Cheaply-made basic systems can sometimes be rather ineffective as they can send mixed signals to your dog that might keep them from reentering your lawn if they accidentally go out of bounds. These kinds of lock-outs can confuse and harm your pet by keeping them out of your property, and might even cause them to run away. Fortunately, modern invisible fences use smart sensors to prevent this exact situation from occurring. 

Aesthetics

There are some pretty fence designs out there that can complement your home’s style; however, nothing comes close to the clean look of having no fence to clutter the space. This seamlessness between your home, the streets, and neighboring plots allow people to move freely outdoors without worrying about gates or fencing.  

High Tech Safety 

Your dog can roam freely on a farm or country estate and be safe from cars with a GPS-based wireless fence.

Your dog can roam freely on a farm or country estate and be safe from cars with a GPS-based wireless fence.

Some of the most advanced systems on the market are those that use GPS for superior wireless containment. GPS satellite technology allows for a fluid boundary that is easily customizable for properties that are large or unusually shaped. A ‘classic’ invisible fence will require you to bury physical cables to change the fence boundaries, but with a GPS-based system, you can alter the boundaries quickly through an app on your phone. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from an invisible fence system like this. 

A Soft Touch 

A GPS-based system integrates smart technology so that shocks are only used as a last resort to keep your dog from straying out of the safe zone. Many such systems will use a warning tone to remind your pooch to stay within the boundaries and will only provide a gentle reminder that won't cause them too much discomfort if they go too far. 

Huge Coverage 

Dogs have a lot more room to roam free in the country, but with this freedom comes more responsibility. Sadly, it is not abnormal for dogs to get hit by cars even out in the country where traffic is low. Because these invisible fence systems use GPS coordinates for boundaries they can be used for very large properties. A GPS-based wireless fence system can provide coverage for five-acre acres or more of the property. This makes these newer systems an excellent solution for farms and large estates in the country, keeping man’s best friend safe from this threat.

Enjoy peace of mind with a smart invisible fence system that notifies you if your pet leaves the boundaries.

Enjoy peace of mind with a smart invisible fence system that notifies you if your pet leaves the boundaries.

Works With Varied Terrain

Most basic invisible fences for dogs will only work effectively for mostly flat properties, but this is not true for GPS wireless fences. These systems will work with all terrain and can even work if you have bodies of water, such as pools or ponds, on your property. An invisible fence contractor will work with you to ensure that you get good coverage from the GPS invisible fence system across your whole property. 

Best of the Best

Invisible fences with GPS technology are top-of-the-line in terms of technology, practicality, and reliability. This of course comes at a cost as the average GPS wireless fence can cost as much as $1,500 when all is said and done. However, you get a lot of nifty features for that price that older systems simply cannot provide. 

What Are Indoor Invisible Dog Fences?  

An indoor invisible fence keeps your dog away from plants or anything that might be poisonous to them.

An indoor invisible fence keeps your dog away from plants or anything that might be poisonous to them.

Another new technology that has come onto the invisible fence market is the smart home gadget known as the indoor invisible fence. or indoor shield, offered by the Invisible Fence Brand. These systems are meant to keep your indoor pets out of any places you don’t want them to go. These systems offer a practical alternative to pet gates and can even be used to keep pets away from trash cans, closets, smart bedrooms, or other pets. These systems come with notable benefits that make them worth considering. 

Perfect for Multi-Pet Homes

Not all dogs and kitties get along. Sometimes each pet needs its own space, and this can be resolved by giving dogs and cats their own zones in your home. You can do this with pet barriers, but this is certainly not the most practical solution since it adds clutter to your home and robs space. With indoor invisible fences, you can keep your dogs and cats apart without the need for such hindrances.

Not all cats and dogs get along, so an indoor invisible fence can keep them comfortably apart.

Not all cats and dogs get along, so an indoor invisible fence can keep them comfortably apart.

Advanced Tech

These indoor invisible fences for dogs can be plugged in almost anywhere and come with batteries allowing them to work even if there is a loss of power. With the Invisible Fence Brand device, discreet cables can be used to form fluid invisible fence boundaries. 

With these smart home devices you can keep your pets safe and free from harm all without compromising when it comes to comfort or practicality. With these devices, your pets get the freedom to roam about your property or home without any risk of trouble.

MG

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Mateos Glen Hayes

Written by Mateos Glen Hayes

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