When it comes to your pup, you’d go to great lengths to ensure that she doesn’t run away. After all, dogs are wild animals, regardless of how much we train them. And that makes them liable to run off if we leave the front door open. So, to keep from posting a few hundred “missing dog” posters, you’re forced to put up a fence. Nowadays, there’s more than one option when it comes to fencing. Sure, there are the traditional fencing materials (which we happen to build and install at VanHoose Fencing here in Oklahoma City), including wooden fencing, metal fences, and vinyl material; but there are also in-ground invisible “fences” that can be installed to keep your pup from running off down the street. Invisible fences trigger a sensor within a dog’s collar which then warns and then lightly shocks your dog to teach them the boundaries of your property. If you’re weighing the options between an invisible fence and the real deal, let us weigh in. Here are some of the pros and cons of invisible fencing and traditional fencing.

You Know When There’s a Problem

With invisible fencing, it can be difficult to assess where a problem resides, and it can be expensive to fix or replace that invisible fence line. If you happen to accidentally snip your invisible fence with a shovel as you’re digging through the yard, you’ll have to bring out a crew to fix the fence.

If you have a traditional fence and your pooch happens to escape, it’s likely that you can identify the problem. You may have a broken fence, your pup may be able to squeeze through the fence (especially if you have metal or vinyl fencing with a bit of a gap), or your dog may be leaping over the fence. If a traditional fence isn’t keeping your dog in your yard, fixing the issue is probably simple enough. If you have a Great Dane or a greyhound with a knack for jumping, traditional fencing may not do the trick. You might have to invest in invisible fencing… or a really tall fence.

True Sense of Territory

Dogs are territorial beasts. Think about it: they bark at strangers; they bark at their fellow dogs; they mark their territory. With an invisible fence, it can be difficult for a dog to understand its territory, and a dog may feel punished for overstepping its bounds.

With traditional fencing, your pup knows its limits. Your property is clearly marked, and your canine won’t be tempted by passersby (though they may still bark to show that their property is just that: theirs). Installing a real fence in your yard ensures that your dog truly knows its boundaries.

That Zap

Most invisible fences will deliver a sound and then a zap as a dog approaches the boundary of the fence line. While a small electrical charge won’t injure your dog, some dog owners prefer to make boundaries completely pain free. If you’re looking to keep your pup penned up without delivering a little zap, you’re going to want to opt for traditional fencing.

If Your Dog Does Break Loose

Invisible fences aren’t perfect. If your dog ignores the shock collar and passes through the barrier, it’ll be on its merry way to freedom. Dogs often break through invisible barrier lines to chase down animals or to say hello to a fellow dog. Plus, some determined dogs simply won’t be staggered by a shock collar. Plus, you’ll have to keep the batteries fresh in your dog’s collar to ensure that it does deliver sound and a shock, otherwise, your dog may figure out that it can mosey off of your property.

In short, invisible fences have a lot of shortcomings in comparison with traditional fencing. However, they won’t block your view, and they make it easy to let your pup loose to roam the grounds. Traditional fences are more reliable, more easy to repair, they provide a physical boundary, and they don’t require a zap to keep your pup penned.

If you need traditional fencing installed on your property, you can count on the experts here at VanHoose. We specialize in fencing building, installation, and repair.