Disclaimer: In this article we are discussing the use of invisible perimeter fences that shock dogs through an electronic collar. However, this is not a comment on the specific brand Invisible Fence.
Also, we want to say that we understand why some people see a need for using invisible shock collar fences in some very special circumstances. Some dogs just cannot be contained, and invisible shock collar fences are often looked to as the last resort for a desparate owner.
Finally, for the person that argues that you can use these types of "fences" with the collar only on a vibration mode, please note that most owners will "turn up the heat" in frustration when the more humane mode doesn't bring the desired result.
These fences are NOT recommended. In fact, invisible shock collar fences will more likely do your dog harm than good, and here’s why.
#1 Invisible Shock Collar Fences Confuse And Frighten Your Dog Instead Of Protecting Them
An underground electric fence administers a shock when the remote shock collar crosses the perimeter. You may understand why this shock is happening, but your dog won't.
Dogs lack the context to comprehend why they’re being shocked. All they know is that they are in pain for no apparent reason, and this creates fear and confusion in your puppy. Your dog may eventually start to associate the fence line, or the perimeter of your home, with pain and anxiety. This combination almost always leads to unwanted displacement behaviors in dogs.
Invisible shock collar fences can cause unanticipated behavioral and health problems that are difficult to reverse because of their reliance on fear and pain. An owner may forget to take the remote collar off before a trip, and their dog will be accidentally shocked as they leave. This sort of thing actually happens a lot more often than you might think.
If a dog is repeatedly subjected to pain without an apparent cause they will start to fear whatever they’re looking at, or sensing, when the shock occurs. It could be anything from:
- The car itself
- Grocery bags
- Your cologne
Now, your dog may submissively urinate when they smell that cologne or they might be hesitant to get in the car (which will complicate every vet visit!).