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Posted on 05-09-2016

Hidden Fences

With the weather improving and people wanting to spend more time outdoors, it’s time to look at ways to keep your dogs safely confined in your yard. 

We get a lot of questions about the pros and cons of hidden fencing vs. traditional fencing, so today we will hit some of the highlights.

PROS of hidden fencing:

  1. Price:  Hidden fencing is almost always more cost effective than traditional fencing.  However, you do get what you pay for with hidden fencing.  Some of the lesser kits are not as reliable, and not as customizable which can make training your dog more difficult.  Invisible Fence is the most commonly known brand of hidden fencing and has a very long history of reliability. 
  2. More flexible:  Hidden fencing can be installed in areas that would not be easily fenced with traditional fencing.  They can also cover larger areas of land that would be impractical to fence traditionally.  They can also keep the appearance of your yard (front or back) untouched. 
  3. Sometimes they can be more effective:  Often a properly installed hidden fence will control pets more effectively than a traditional fence.  Dogs that climb, dig, or jump over traditional fences can often be contained with a hidden fence setup.  This of course requires proper pet training. 

CONS of hidden fencing:

  1. Training:  Hidden fence training must be done properly to have success.  If you don’t take to time to teach the pets and humans how to use it effectively, often it will just lead towards confusion and failure.  This can be very dangerous for the pet if they break free and are afraid to come back in the yard, or get injured while out of the yard.  Most of the more reliable hidden fencing companies come with training instruction, which is the most important part of installing a hidden fence.
  2. The shocking/noise can lead to confusion:  One fear with hidden fencing is that technically the training/shock can be a form of “punishment” and can be associated incorrectly.  For instance if the dog runs up to the hidden boundary to great another dog and is shocked, it can associate that negative action with other dogs.  This can lead to behavioral issues down the road.
  3. Doesn’t keep other animals OUT:  A traditional fence will often keep other animals (dogs, cats, wildlife) out of your property.  A hidden fence does not.  This can result in injury to your pet, especially if it is a smaller dog and any wildlife comes in.  This should be taken into account before leaving your pets outside with a hidden fence. 

Recommendations from Your Cary Veterinarian 

We at Chatham Animal Hospital have several recommendations for hidden fence companies if you have any questions.  Just give Dr. Krakowski, Dr. Bailey, or Dr. Craddock a call if you need help!

A note:  In Cary, tethering your pet’s without direct supervision is illegal. As of 2012 an ordinance was passed that states you cannot leave a dog tether to a stationary object without remaining outside with your dog.  You must bring them inside, fence your yard, or construct a pen.  

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