Having 3 dogs means extra planning for just about everything. Taking them out to play and take care of nature's call are at the top of that list. And to make things more complicated, I live at the entrance to my neighborhood, where an escapee pooch could easily find himself on a main road to disaster.
Since I cannot tell my dogs to stay out of the street (yeah, I know Cesar Millan could!), we found another solution to this issue. It's called Invisible Fencing, and it came highly recommended by my veterinarian.
You may be familiar with this fence, and yet I find that even those who are, have misconceptions about how it works. Here's my chance to explain how our Eco-friendly fence does its job without harming humans, dogs or the environment. Tanner, shown here, wears a collar that has a small receiver attached. While the collar is made of webbing, just like most dog collars, the receiver is water proof.
Buried nearly a foot beneath the grass along our sidewalk is a wire attached to a unit that sends a radio signal to Tanner's collar. Always on, this signal sounds a tone whenever Tanner comes too close to the fence line. The tone reminds Tanner of the fence and he is trained to turn back toward the house, whenever he hears that tone. Xena, my 12 1/2 year old Retriever mix, has been using this Invisible Fence since she was adopted as a puppy. She still, to this day, remembers to run back to the house, whenever she hears that tone.
It is this tone that keeps the dog inside his Invisible Fence. Many people believe that dogs are shocked by their collars, whenever they approach the fence line. While they do receive an intense vibration, if they run across the line, they almost never do that. Training was intense and thorough, thanks to much help from the people at our local Invisible Fence distributor. In addition, the tone and the vibration can be adjusted to accommodate different dogs' ability to hear or feel this signal.
Tanner Enjoys the Freedom
to Play in his Yard
Using flags as a visual indicator of the fence line, we had daily, 10-minute practice sessions to teach the dogs where their boundaries are. Even if their collars are left off by accident, it has been quite some time since either dog has left the property unattended.
Taking walks is a simple matter, yet requires training, as well. Our dogs were taught that leaving the property must ONLY occur when they are on a leash, walking down the driveway, or in the car. This gives me the control to get them to come with me when we leave for a walk. I simply have to remember to remove their Invisible Fence collars as we leave the house.
Our Invisible Fence has given me the freedom to enjoy playing with the dogs off-leash, in our yard. This is a gift that I could not have given them any other way. Due to neighborhood and property constraints, my yard did not qualify for a regular fence.
Finally, digging under the fence is not an option with an Invisible Fence. They would have to come within striking distance of the wire, which they simply will not do. Like the sign says, "Safe at Home".
If you're interested in learning more about the Invisible Fence containment system for your dog, visit their website at this link. Our Invisible Fence has given us and our dogs freedom to play and enjoy the yard. What could be better than that for a dog?