The short and easy answer to whether hidden fences are safe for your dogs is YES! If they weren’t, the hidden fence industry would not still be growing today and it wouldn’t be recommended by veterinarians and accredited trainers throughout the world. In fact, hidden fences are safer than traditional fences like chain-link and wooden privacy fences.
Let’s start with explaining what a hidden fence is. A hidden fence is an electrical device designed to keep your dog contained in a defined area. It consists of a transmitter, the brains of the whole system, with wire connected to it and buried in the ground. It also includes a receiver attached to a collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends an adjustable radio frequency through the wire to determine how close your dog can come to it. The receiver picks up the signal delivered by the transmitter and emits an audible tone to alert your dog to get back. If he does not heed this warning he will receive a correction or static electricity shock that should be adjustable if it is a system of any kind of quality.
Some people feel that hidden fences are not safe for your pets. They will tell you that they are inhumane and not effective. Usually, these are people that have formed an opinion without doing any kind of actual research. Also, unfortunately, there are some mass produced electric dog containment brands on the market that have helped add to the fears of some by having batteries that only last 2 to 4 months at a time giving pets more opportunities to leave their yards, or giving an immediate shock without any warning.
Fortunately, most people do their research about hidden fences and learn to love them. The truth is, because of hidden fences thousands of dogs and cats have been saved from straying away from home and being hit by cars. We know this because we have received many calls, e-mails, and letters thanking us for keeping their dogs safe and in some cases even saving their lives.
With a DogWatch Hidden Fence, the receiver gives a static electricity shock and is not physically harmful in any way. Some people will test it to see what it feels like with their fingers or put it on their own neck and decides that it is too much for their dog. What they don’t realize is unlike humans, dogs do not have sweat glands. The significance of this is that a human’s skin is naturally oily thus sending the shock deeper. As a result, it travels deeper through our nerve endings making it feel strong. What a dog feels is the equivalent to feeling the shock through two layers of denim jeans. You are also able to adjust the intensity and rate of shock your pet receives according to his demeanor. Next, an audible warning is given before he gets too close to the shock. This is to ensure he has ample warning to come back into the yard. Lastly, with DogWatch Hidden Fences, you should only have to replace the receiver battery once every 2 years.
It should be noted that with any hidden fence, your dog should go through a week of training before he is let outside without a leash.
Some people are concerned that with a hidden fence animals and people can come in to your yard. While this is true it is not the reason for the purchase of a hidden fence. Its sole purpose is to keep your pet contained safely in your yard. Also, with many neighborhood restrictions against traditional fencing, this is the only option.
Lastly, with a hidden fence, your pet cannot jump over or dig under it. With traditional fencing, your pet is able to one or the other, or maybe even both. This can put your pet at extreme risk of injury from the metal of a chain-link fence or wood shards of a wooden privacy fence. Finally, with a traditional fence there is always the risk of someone leaving the gate open, intentionally or not, and your pet escaping your yard easily that way. Gates also allow easy access for people and animals alike to visit your back yard, similar to a hidden fence.