Dead Batteries on an Invisible Fence
You hear all kinds of reasons why invisible fence’s don’t work. Some border on the ridiculous (some dogs don’t care about the correction) and some are perfectly plausible (without training the fence is ineffective). Somewhere in the middle is the dead batteries story.
Consider the following from a local county dog board hearing, explaining why they don’t accept an Invisible Fence as a form of containment:
Public Health Director Diane Thorson said invisible fences aren’t acceptable because of past incidences when the battery went dead, allowing a dog to run through the line and off the property.
On one hand this is just stupid. Of course it doesn’t work if the battery goes flat, but just because some owners let this happen it is no reason to stop responsible owners using an Invisible Fence. If some owners of physical fences left their gate open, would they be deemed unacceptable too.
Public Health Director Diane Thorson said fences aren’t acceptable because of past incidences when gates were left open, allowing a dog to run through the fence and off the property.
On the other hand this is not an uncommon occurrence. Particularly, in systems with a proprietary battery, owners often let the battery go flat because the dogs are trained and don’t seem to ever challenge the fence, and because the proprietary battery is inconvenient and expensive to replace.
This is the main reason why we are so heavily in favor of rechargeable batteries like on the Innotek IUC-5100; IUC-4100; SD-2100 and Wifi Fence). If all it takes is to plop the collar on the charger, then people are likely to keep that collar running. If it is a lot of work hunting down a battery, expensive, and seemingly pointless then it just isn’t going to happen.
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