Why Traditional Fences are Better than Invisible Dog Fences

pet safety fencingInvisible dog fences are electric fences with 3 components:

  • the transmitter, which sends a radio signal received by the dog’s collar, with a warning or correction message
  • the electric wire that is buried in the ground
  • the dog`s collar, with a waterproof radio receiver


  • The dog is protected, he cannot escape, disappear, ingest toxic objects or attack people
  • The electric fence is much easier to maintain than the traditional fence because it is not affected by weather conditions
  • You do not have to worry about the aspect of the fence, about whether it fits with other exterior elements etc.

There are also disadvantages, and for some these are enough to consider that traditional fences are better.

  • It is not advisable to use an invisible fence without training the dog
  • Although it is designed to protect your dog, to prevent him from leaving the enclosed perimeter, foreign dogs or foreign persons can easily enter. That is why we suggest you consult with Westminster fencing pros for pet safety solutions.
  • Some dogs may end up ignoring the transmitted signal and leave the perimeter after all
  • Invisible fences do not work for puppies under 6 months (they have poor understanding of orders)
  • Some people disagree with the idea of an electric fence, although it does no harm to the animal
  • Sometimes the collar may fail and transmit signals for no reason; the batteries of the receiver must be checked periodically.

Tips for Stopping Your Dog from Digging under the Fence

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Dogs love digging under the fence that surrounds their territory for various reasons – they may need some entertainment, they are looking for prey, they are looking for comfort or they might just want to escape. Whatever the motivation behind your dog’s digging habit, if you need to watch your canine pet all the time to prevent him from ruining your fence and from creating dangerous situations, here are a few tips to help you stop him:
– Identify and address the motivation – if your dog’s behavior is motivated by the desire to attract your attention, to find entertainment or to hunt, try to address that motivation first. Try to spend more time with your dog, take him for longer walks, play with him more or try to find out if there are any critters underneath your fence that trigger your dog’s hunting instinct and try to get rid of them;
– Use deterrent substances – pepper spray or capsicum spray are harsh substances that taste and smell very strong, but are not harmful for your dog’s health. Try spraying some in your dog’s favorite digging area to teach him not to go there;
– Add an L-foot to the fence – attach some chicken wire in an L-shape along the base of the fence to prevent your dog from going close to the fence.

Check out Arvada fencing for pet safety solutions. They are happy to help offer you budget friendly options to ensure your pet safety!