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Are Electric Dog Fences Cruel?

Are Electric Dog Fences Cruel?

We love our dogs like family, and because they’re family, we want them to be safe. For people who are afraid of roaming dogs or those who don’t like their lawns dotted with dog feces, or those who detest seeing muddy paw prints on their patio, an electric dog fence may be right for you.

What Is An Electric Dog Fence?

An electric dog fence is a cheap and adaptable barrier intended to keep your dog(s) within your property. It consists of a wire buried underground, around the perimeter where you want your dog to roam, a transmitter powered through a wall outlet, and a battery-operated receiver collar. When the collared dog attempts to get too close to the invisible fence, the collar emits a particular warning noise or beep followed by an electric shock to warn the dog for straying or attempting to cross beyond the property lines. Therefore, it is advisable to set flags where the electric fence is installed to educate the dog on the limit of where it can go without being shocked.

 

Are Electric Dog Fences Humane? Or Are They Cruel?

The answer, as we detail thoroughly below is NO. The word “electric” is very far from the reality of an invisible electric fence. It delivers more of a tingle or a static shock sensation to the dog if ever it comes close to where the wires are buried. If you’ve ever had a zap from a balloon and static electricity, you’ll have a rough idea of the feeling. Given the choice of a small tingle than being hit by vehicles when your dog roams, of course, a slight tingle is still a better option. Dogs are also intelligent creatures, and when appropriately trained, they are very quick to learn which area to avoid so as not to hear a beep or a noise and a tingling shock.

 

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What Are The Advantages Of An Electric Dog Fence?

  • Putting an invisible electric fence prevents your dog from being a neighborhood nuisance.
  • Dogs that are fenced-in are less likely to be hit by vehicles.
  • Dogs are less likely to get lost even if you or any of your family members leave the gate open.
  • Fenced-in dogs will have fewer aggressive interactions with other dogs.
  • Unlike traditional fences, dogs can’t dig under or jump over the invisible electric fence.
  • Invisible electric fences aren’t an eyesore, and thus, it won’t obstruct your property's view.
  • They are easily adjustable and can be extended if necessary.
  • They are cheaper compared to having a traditional fence installed.
  • Installation of an invisible electric fence doesn’t require building permits and isn’t regulated by the restrictive installation laws.
  • Invisible electric fences work on almost any terrain and can cover the ground in any pattern you wish.
  • Invisible electric fences are quick to install, unlike traditional fences that need trenching, laying of posts, welding of iron, rolling of wires, etc.
  • Because dogs can’t roam freely, they are less likely to get exposed to contagious diseases when and if they interact with other stray dogs.
  • Your dog’s presence in the yard will deter the intruders from going into your property, even though they are less likely to realize that the dog can’t reach them.
  • Since dogs can’t roam freely, they are less likely to be caught by animal control services within the community.

 

Final Thoughts

When installed and handled correctly, an invisible electric fence can do wonders for your pets. They can get the exercise they need without harming themselves or others within the neighborhood. Ozdingo has a few solutions to keep your canine family member(s) safe. Visit our collection to find out which one is best for your pet.

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