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

At 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 fence.

Let’s take a look at a question that comes our way at least a couple of times every month. Can dog breeds that are known for aggressive behavior be contained using an e-collar and wired electric fence?

There is a misconception that these breeds do not do well on an electric fence system. The electric fences that are on the market these days offer many options to accommodate almost any temperament from shy and sensitive to feisty and spirited. Dogs are like humans – each has its own personality and reacts differently to the fence training. Some dogs will get shocked once and never test the boundaries again. Others need a stronger correction in order to get their attention. The key to making sure you have selected the best system for your dog is to spend time getting to know their temperament.

So many times, I have spoken to customers who have a dog that people would consider not a good fit for an electric fence system that have acclimated beautifully to the fence. The key thing I hear from their owners is training – the time spent and the consistency. Both of these are key to training dogs of any variety on a fence system. Would we all love to be able to install a fence, put the collar on the dog and let them out knowing that they will NEVER cross the boundary, OF COURSE! However, it simply does not work this way. Training can be 80-90% of the success of any dog fence system, with the remaining percent being having a system that matches your needs as best as possible.

If you have a traditionally hard-headed breed dog, you will want to begin by working on basic obedience training before you get your fence system. This will help you bond with your dog and help to show your dog that YOU are the Alpha. This will also introduce your dog to how training of any type works. This way, when you begin fence training, they will already be predisposed to listen to you, at least a little bit.
Once you begin fence training, remember that dogs will pick up this information at different speeds, like a toddler and potty-training. Some will pick it up quickly and others will need more time and patience

A few things to remember when you embark on fence training with any dog:

  • Have patience with your dog. If you get frustrated with them, they will feel it and may react to that feeling. We want the dog to feel love and reassurance from you. This helps them to understand that this is a fun thing and that they want to be in the yard where it is fun and loving.
  • Be consistent. You will want to get in a training session at least 2 to 3 times a day for about 15 minutes each time.
    It helps if you start a training session after a little bit of play time or after a walk when the dog has had the chance to get some energy out. This way, they won’t have that pent up energy just waiting to get out that can cause them to not pay attention.
  • If you feel yourself getting frustrated or flustered, end the training session and give your dog a lot of praise. Because they don’t speak human, they only understand positive and negative responses. If you get frustrated, and we ALL have been there, we tend to lash out with our words and tone of voice. This would give the dog the impression that this is a bad thing.
  • After every training session, end with a period of play and fun. This will help both you and the dog wind down from the training and will give the dog a positive experience.

If you feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to move forward with training or feel that you have hit a road block, do not be afraid to consult a

professional dog trainer. They have made a career out of understanding dogs and how they think and learn.

Are there ever dogs that do not take to these systems? Yes, on the rare occasion we do hear about a dog that just will not acclimate to a system. It is extremely rare but it can happen. Usually, when someone is having trouble keeping a dog in the containment area, it is due to not enough training, rushing training, poor collar fit, or system malfunction (broken wire, dead battery in a collar, etc.).

Most dogs can be trained to be successful on an electric fence system no matter the breed or mix. It just takes patience and making sure you have the best fit of system for your dog.

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