Are you considering installing an invisible fencing system to keep your furry friend safe? “Invisible” pet fences provide discreet, effective barriers to keep pets safe and secure while still giving them the freedom to play outdoors.

From choosing the right fencing variety to tips on fence-training your pup, here’s everything you need to know about invisible boundary and fencing systems. 

How Do Invisible Fencing Systems Work?

Instead of relying on an obtrusive wooden or metal fence, or restraining your pet with a leash, invisible dog/pet fences are a low-profile solution for yards of all sizes. Invisible pet fences utilize a wireless signal, which is connected to a receiver on your pet’s collar. When the pet approaches the fence boundary, the signal is triggered and the pet receives a small static correction through the collar. 

Will the Collar Hurt My Pet?

No! When used correctly, the collar emits a small prickle, which should be enough to surprise your pet without causing any pain or damage. You can test this for yourself by holding the collar and approaching the boundary—you should feel a small twinge, but it shouldn’t be painful.

What Types of Non-Visible Fences are Available?

In general, invisible fencing systems come in two varieties: wireless fences and underground fences.

Wireless Fences

Wireless fences are a popular, low-maintenance solution for smaller yards and indoor areas. A wireless fencing system consists of a transmitter connected to the receiver on the dog’s collar. When your pet exceeds the boundary of the transmitter’s circle and the collar loses the signal, they receive a correction. Because wireless fences rely on the strength of the signal from the transmitter rather than underground wiring, these fences work best in flat, open areas.

    • Pros
      • Easy to install.
      • Low maintenance.
    • Cons
      • Signal is easily interrupted.
      • Only cover a circular area.

Underground Fences

Underground fences consist of a wire that’s buried along the perimeter of a yard or property. When your pet approaches the wire, their collar will receive the electric signal emitted from the boundary. This will trigger a small correction in the collar, discouraging the pet from venturing closer to the wire. Unlike wireless fences, underground fences are appropriate for larger spaces and can be installed in irregular shapes that more precisely align with the border of your yard.

    • Pros
      • Versatile size and shape options.
      • Reliable signal.
    • Cons
      • Requires more maintenance.
      • More labor-intensive to install.


How do I Train My Pet to Stay Inside the “Fence”?

Training is absolutely crucial for consistent results and safety around these fences. Many non-visible fence providers offer training as part of the installation package, so check with your provider at the outset to discuss training options.

  1. Start off slow: don’t rush your dog during the training process. Begin by using extremely minimal shock intensity to establish the boundaries of the yard.
  2. Use positive reinforcement: the fence isn’t meant to be a punishment. During the training process, use plenty of treats and positive reinforcement to teach your dog to understand the boundary.
  3. Seek expert advice: there’s no one-size-fits-all training solution. Every dog has a unique personality and way of learning. For this reason, it’s wise to partner with an experienced trainer who can tailor training methods to suit your dog’s needs.

Three dogs working on their training for an invisible fence

What Kind of Maintenance is Required?

All non-visible fences require some ongoing care after continued use. In general, wireless fences are easier to care for since, at most, you’ll need to recharge or change the batteries in the collar. Underground fences typically require more maintenance, which is often time-consuming since it may be difficult to locate the areas that need repairs. Luckily, many fence installation providers also offer repair services. Professional repair of your fence will save time and money since you won’t risk damaging the wiring while digging around during a DIY repair job.


Partner with Dawg Fence for Long-Term Results

Our top priority at Dawg Fence is keeping your furry friend safe with our invisible fencing solutions. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we’re proud to partner with Pet Stop to offer quality solutions to customers nationwide. At Dawg Fence, we want you and your pet to have the best experience possible, which is why we value gentle and effective training techniques. Interested in learning more? Contact us for a free estimate today!