do require a fenced yard to qualify for adopting a puppy.
Invisible fencing will qualify, but if you haven't had one before,
you should know that there are serious drawbacks with it.
will not keep other dogs, cats, wildlife, or unwanted people
out of your yard.
your dog comes in season, you would have all the male dogs in your
neighborhood in your yard trying to breed her.
dogs with a strong prey drive or a high pain tolerance will run
through an invisible fence when in pursuit.
who are unaware that you have a dog may come onto your property
and be bitten by your dog who was startled by an intruder and
is protecting her territory.
We have seen a tremendous increase in the use of
electronic "hidden" fences during the past few years -- and
for good reasons. First of all, they are very effective in keeping
pets contained in a yard, yet they give your pet freedom to roam and
the opportunity to get the exercise it needs. Secondly, these
electronic fences are virtually invisible so they do not disrupt the
look of your lawn.
There are essentially two types of systems to choose from: traditional
buried wire fences or the newer wireless fences that use radio waves
to differentiate "stay zones" from "forbidden
Both work essentially the same: After training your pet on its
boundaries, your dog will receive a warning beep from his electronic
collar should he approach the limit of his safe zone. If he continues
toward the forbidden zone, he will receive a mild correction from the
collar. Most units also offer "run-through" prevention which
increases the stimulus if he continues toward the forbidden zone. With
proper training, most pets learn the boundaries very quickly and never
proceed past the point where they hear the warning beep.
Probably the biggest difference between the units is the extra
convenience the wireless systems provide since there are no wires to
bury and they install in minutes. Plus, they're portable so you can
take them with you when you travel.
Hidden fences have prevented injury and saved the lives of literally
thousands of dogs. Plus, they are convenient for you and give your pet
the freedom to enjoy the outdoors.
There are drawbacks to this type of
fencing. It does not keep people, wildlife or other dogs from coming
onto your property.
For more information, and for product details, follow these links:
Is an Underground Dog Fence Right for You?
Hidden Fences: General FAQs
A chart comparing products
If any of these links don't work, go to
the main page at www.DrsFostersmith.com
and type "fence" in the search box. You can also do an
internet search for "invisible fence" or "wireless
fence" for more shopping choices.