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November 6, 2008

AM vs. FM

Invisible Fence and nearly everyone else uses AM radio systems.  The Dogwatch Brand uses FM radio systems and promotes this as being less prone to interference.  Often our customers ask us if there is a difference.  In our opinion the short answer is no.  Interference is rare.  We have never seen a […]
November 5, 2008

Administering the Correction

When training your dog gets a correction from your electric dog fence, the natural instinct will be to try and comfort your dog.  Resist this instinct.  Just firmly instruct the dog to return to the safe area and continue to confidently play with your dog as if nothing happened. Here’s why … […]
November 4, 2008

Biodegradable Lawn Staple

Dupont has a line of biodegradable lawn staples.  You can use them to hold the boundary wire in place, say at the bottom of a trench you have dug.  Then over the course of the next year they break down, leaving now trace.  This overcomes one of the disadvantages of using the metal lawn staples, […]
October 30, 2008

Dog Escapes: Climbs Over, Digs Under of Busts Through a Physical Fence

Some dogs have a Houdini-esq ability to escape a regular fence, climbing over, digging under or simply  busting through.  Many people use electric dog fences to reinforce or backstop their physical fence. This is extremely effective.  With a underground dog fence installed, the dog has no opportunity to lurk around the physical […]
October 22, 2008

Reader Question: How old is too old?

 … Is my dog too old? We have all heard the proverb that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but is that really true?  From our experience you can teach healthy dogs of any age how to use an underground dog fence.  We have sucessfully taught dogs over ten years old how to […]
October 17, 2008

Stubborn Dogs

We are often asked what system to use for large or stubborn dogs.  For most people this is the wrong question. For most dogs, our recommendation is still the Innotek IUC-4100, with diligent training you can train most dogs.  Another option to consider is the PetSafe Large or Stubborn Dog Fence, (PIG00-10777) (review […]
October 16, 2008

How Much Will it Cost

We frequently get questions about how much it all costs.  To get a professional system we suggest a budget of around $350.  That will get you a great rechargable indoor/outdoor system (Innotek SD-4100 $279), allow you to rent a trencher to make the job easy (half day rental $39) and pay for all the […]
October 12, 2008

Reader Question: small dogs

… what should I buy for a Westie? … There is special dog fence systems for small dogs, the Petsafe Little Dog Fence (PIG00-10773) (see our review here).  The collar is about half the size of a regular collar and they have a lower correction level.  But, you can use most systems with a small […]
April 13, 2018

Can My Livestock Guard Dog Wear An Electric Dog Fence Collar 24/7

We are so glad you asked. LGDs can be highly problematic when it comes to proper containment. There are significant challenges due to the large area that they cover as well as their tendency to roam or chase when defending the flock or herd under their care. Owners of well-trained LGDs walk […]
April 13, 2018

Do Electric Dog Fences Interfere with Home Security Systems Such as ADT?

We are frequently approached with the question of combining an electric wireless or wired dog fence with an integrated home security system. The concern arises from the idea that many home security systems use a wireless signal to convey changes in the environment such as windows and doors opening to the central […]
April 13, 2018

What Is The Most Reliable Electric Dog Fence?

If you have been to the pound five times in the last six months and you are known in town as the guy who is constantly posting lost dog fliers in every single bulletin board we are not surprises you are now reading this article. Electric dog fences provide frustrated dog owners […]
April 13, 2018

Can Pitbulls & Bully Breeds Be Contained Using Invisible Electric Fences?

At www.dogfencediy.com we host the largest collection of questions & answers related to electric dog fences. We are not shy to let customers know that this containment solution may not be ideal for their specific needs and we are ready to patiently guide those whose dogs would benefit from having a training-based […]
April 13, 2018

How to Train Your Dog to Follow a Boundary Protocol in Combination with Dog Fence

If you are a reluctant future electric dog fence owner you may want to become familiar with boundary protocols for dogs. Dogs are naturally territorial and easily establish visual queues that trigger behavioral changes. Teaching your dog to follow a boundary protocol will give you significant peace of mind and will reduce […]
April 13, 2018

What Is The Best Electric Dog Fence for Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD)?

The temperament, disposition and behavior of a livestock guardian dog is significantly different from a shepherding dog. LGDs have a minimal response to pain and are genetically not predisposed to run away when confronting a situation that may trigger fear. True LGD breeds are very limited; the most common in the United […]
April 13, 2018

Top Five Invisible Electric Dog Fences For Dogs in 2017

What are the best electric dog fences? If you have been thinking about getting a training collar and electric invisible dog fence for your dog we want to help you make the best possible decision. Every year we review all the dog fences available in the market and rate them based on […]
April 27, 2018

My Great Pyrenees Keeps Escaping – What Do I Do?

If you have ever parented a Pyrenees or added one to your farm to protect your livestock you know roaming is their second name. I can no longer count the number of times I have had to chase mine or drive for miles while chasing her GPS collar signal.  I live in […]