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Q: What is the best in ground fence?

February 22, 2009 | By susan p. | 11 answers | Expired: 2109 days ago

susan p.

We want to install an underground fence for our two dogs and goat.

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Lisa A.
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Mar 07, 2009

My sister had a goofy lab who would run through the underground fence when chasing something. Then he would sit on the other side of it and cry because he couldn't get back in. They didn't live on a busy road so it was OK. I've wanted to try one for years but am too concerned that my Beagle and Beagle/Basset would run through.

There is a new product though. You put it in the house somewhere and it has a safe radius. If the dog goes through, the shocks get worse until they turn around and go back into the safe zone. My yard it too narrow for it but that is what I would get if I could.

About the goat - my first job as a kid was tending two goats. They were, by far, the smartest animals I have ever met. It would probably figure it out in a day. Smart dogs take only a few days to train (based on my sisters').

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Diana V.
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Feb 25, 2009

I've heard good things about them, although I don't personally have one. Goats are tricky though... you may be better off with a real fence.

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Rebecca B.
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Feb 24, 2009

I personally don't like them. Granted with training your dogs will learn to understnad it, but I've seen quiet a few dogs (with hounds and terriers being big ones) ignore the shock and run through the fence if they see something they really want (like a squirrel or another dog...), and this is even after training, and will do this repetively. Another thing to consider is that it is an electric fence that runs on electricity so if your power goes out so does your fence (we had neighbors that learned this one the hard way). Just a thought. I've found them to not be very sucessful at all...

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JAMIE S.
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Feb 23, 2009

My dogs highly recommend Invisible Fence Brand. They come and train your dogs but you must also spend the time in training them also. I would think the same with your goat. I don't know how smart they are but I would think they would figure it out. You could always ask, they are really great people. I hope you figure out what is best for your pets. Goodluck.

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Peggy B.
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Feb 23, 2009

I'd suggest Invisible Fence for the recommended brand. We've had one 10 years and for the most part things have worked out fine. The dogs will need to be trained and it will take a couple months most likely--as for a goat, I have no idea. I've read the other posts discouraging you from an in ground fence, but sometimes it is the best option like if you have several acres or traditional fences aren't allowed where you live. It is not cruel...trust me I've worn the collar myself and gotten zapped...the dog learns how to react to the signal field before the correction is even increased. It is better than being hit by a car.

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Kiko53
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Feb 23, 2009

The invisible fence may work for your dogs, after they've been properly trained for it. But a goat? Everything I've read about goats, only real fencing will hold them in. And forget tethering, they eat it.

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Robyn
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Feb 23, 2009

I agree with what some are saying, these fences may not work & if they do work someone can walk in & steal your pets. I am lucky to have a wood fence in my back yard & that is what I would recommened, wood or steel so you can keep an eye on your pets in your back yard & no one can get in to easy. I also place an old piece of lattis fence across the gate with a BIG Cow Bell on it to prevent them from going under or warn me if someone tries to enter if the gate is not locked. Good luck

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Kavykeeper
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Feb 23, 2009

I don't recommend an invisible fence, either. My neighbor had one and her dogs would run over, yelping, and still leave the yard. The other drawback is that predators can walk right in and kill your animals. I'd go with an above ground fence.

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debbie l.
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Feb 23, 2009

When we adopted Snoopy we decided to go with an electric fence.We have Invisible Fence. The most important part is the training.They put up flags where the fence is located and you have to train your do to know what they are. Snoopy got zapped a few times but she learned not to leave the yard.We live on a very busy road. We've had it for about 3 years now.Sometimes we put the collar on her and sometimes we don't. She's really good about not going out of the yard now.A friend of mine has a friend who go t the invisible fence and they're dog (a male) loved it. Seemed it stimulated certain parts of his body.(LOL) Well good luck and love your animals.

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Courtney H.
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Feb 23, 2009

The best brand in my opinion is not invisible fencing at all. I have to agree with embmq3 on offering a warning.
Keep in mind invisible fences are not safe. Any animal can come into your yard and cause harm to your animals. Not to mention I would never want to have my dog get zapped.

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