The Pros & Cons of an Electric Dog Fence

When an electric dog fence has been installed properly and the dog has received the right training, they have a success rate that is upwards of 99.95%.


Conspicuous: Because electric dog fences are virtually invisible, they are a more aesthetically attractive option than traditional fencing. They also won’t get in the way. You can move freely around your property and your view will not be blocked.

Less Expensive: When you erect a traditional fence, you can expect to spend anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. In comparison, an electric dog fence for the same property will cost about $300 to $500.

Top-Notch Containment: The problem with a traditional fence is that some dogs will try to dig under the fence, chew through it or jump above it. This can ruin the fence and risk injury or death to the dog. There is a much greater success rate with an electric dog fence, after the dog has been trained properly.

Portability: Unlike a traditional fence, an electric dog fence system can be taken with you whenever you move. About 70% of your initial cost of your system is the electronics. When you move, you can take your transmitter box and collar with you. You will just need to install new wire at your next location.

Flexibility: An electric dog fence can be installed in areas where most regular fences cannot. You are able to install your wired system through water, wooded or mountainous area, inside of your home and in your yard. When a dog has full freedom to roam their boundaries, they are typically much happier and healthier.


Requires Training and Installation: Although it is relatively easy to do yourself, your electric dog fence does require installation. You can expect it to take between 2-20 hours, depending on the condition of the terrain and the quality of the installation. The success of the fence depends directly on proper training. In most cases, your dog will be fully-trained within a week. It just takes about two ten-minute sessions per day.

Minimum Yard Size: In order for your dog to have a safe space within the boundaries of the electric fence, the yard has to be at least 15’ x 15’. A space that is smaller than this won’t work for an electric dog fence.

Shocking Your Dog: Some people don’t like the idea of giving their dog a shock, because they think it is hurting them. However, you should know that what your dog feels is less than the static you would feel when you walk across the carpet and touch a piece of metal. Most dogs won’t continue to test the boundary after being shocked after the first or second time. However, some people still don’t like the idea of it.

Photo by Miles Amann on Unsplash

Electric Fences for Dogs
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