The Invisible Guard: How Many Americans are Deciding to Go with Underground Dog Fencing

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PetMD Editorial
Published: July 11, 2012

By Bob Jones

Many dog owners are in constant fear for their pet's safety, especially when the dog spends a lot of its time outdoors. The fear of the dog running away. The fear of the dog getting hit by a car. Perhaps even the fear of the dog lashing out at neighboring pets or people. Traditional methods for securing the dog in a yard are numerous — from yard tie-outs to crates to fences. There is, however, an alternative some homeowners are utilizing that keep their dogs safe while maintaining the value of their home. And though it may seem like magic, underground dog fencing is becoming increasingly popular in many parts of the country.

An Alternative to Traditional Fencing

"In so many communities, traditional fencing is not allowed," dog trainer Amy Robinson, CPDT-KA says. "Underground fencing keeps the dog on the lawn and free to amble around, chase a ball, and interact with family all within the boundary."

Although this kind of freedom does not take the place of leash walks, it sure comes in handy on a rainy day or if the dog needs a quick relief stroll before he is left alone in the house. Invisible fencing can also be a valuable tool to teach a dog self-control. Imagine that the neighbor's children are skateboarding past the house. Dogs can be attracted to this movement and want to chase. Dog owners can combine commands like 'Leave it' with the reinforcement of the invisible fence without having to use a leash.

Training Your Dog to Use an Invisible Fence

Some underground fence companies may offer training as part of a package, while others do not. What is important is that you dog undergo training before using the underground fence. This will ensure that your dog understands the invisible boundaries.

Training sessions can be completed in as little as one to two weeks and can last as few as ten minutes. The dog trainer will typically start with some basic commands, such as "backup", and eventually progress to the point where auditory cues can represent the commands. If required, further stimulation may be used to prevent the dog from crossing the invisible barrier. Also, Robinson recommends that you never leave a dog unattended in the front yard, even if the invisible fence is active.

Many homeowners are making the choice of underground fencing. Consult your veterinarian or trainer if underground fencing is a good option for your dog and home.

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