Dog Electric Fence

I have had a dismal experience with electric fencing for dogs. The dog electric fence that my family experimented with was not successful.

We have a beagle, who is named Mac. Mac came from my wonderful mother-in-law, who breeds the miniature varieties of beagles. He is actually one of the mid-sized miniatures, called a “pocket.” He is a great pet. Mac loves to both play and cuddle on people, especially my wife.

However, like most beagles, he is a bit stubborn in some areas. For example, he is a “ho” for food. Also, he does not lead well. He certainly did not learn to use our invisible electric dog fence well either.

Electric Dog Fences

After purchasing and thoroughly reading the instructions like with most other invisible electric dog fences, we set it up. We put the restraint collar on Mac. The collar has a receiver that shocks the dog when he crosses the line of the invisible electric fence.

We trained Mac as directed to use the fence. With this invisible electric dog fence, you receive a great number of short white flags. You are directed to place them just inside the boundary line of the fence unit. Then, you are directed to train the dog to learn to respect the flags as the boundary. This we did.

After all that expense, training, and effort, Mac learned to escape the fence quickly. It probably took him about 2 weeks. He would simply run through the invisible barrier. When he did so, he would usually yelp loudly.

Now, I have seen dog owners use standard, non-invisible, electric dog fences successfully. They used it in the case of dogs digging out of their yards or kennels. They would run a wire around the perimeter, usually with a small extension holding an insulator away from the post and just far enough off the ground to prevent grounding. This would prevent the dog from escaping the yard or the kennel.