Thursday, May 14, 2015

Five Uses for an Invisible Fence on the Homestead

If you have pet dogs, you may be faced with a variety of extra challenges on your homestead. Perhaps your dogs enjoy “helping” you garden by digging up everything in sight, or maybe they enjoy “exercising” your chickens by chasing them around the coop. Whatever the case, creating boundaries for your dogs may be necessary, and one way to do it is with an invisible dog fence.

An invisible fence alternative system will allow you to create customized boundaries that keep your dogs where you want them to be. You don’t have to chain them, or put up big walls of fence that will hinder your view of and access to other sections of your property. Invisible fences are versatile tools, so let’s look at some of the different ways they can be used on the homestead.

Protect Your Chickens
Dogs with strong drives to hunt may target chickens, and even dogs who just want to “play” can kill or injure chickens without meaning to. Even the presence of dogs can stress out chickens, and their egg-laying patterns can be disrupted as a result. An electric fence for dogs can be used to create a healthy perimeter around the chicken coop or run. Your dogs can be kept at a distance that’s safe for the chickens, and your chickens will be free to roam when they please.

Preserve Your Garden
If your dogs enjoy digging in your garden or eating your growing vegetables, you can use an invisible fence to prevent this behavior. An electric dog fence can be placed around your garden or flower beds, and your dogs will be unable to get inside. An invisible fence or wireless dog fence is particularly helpful here because dogs will be unable to dig underneath the fence, like they could with traditional fencing. You’ll also be able to go in and out of your garden without fiddling with a gate every time.

Separate Other Livestock
If you have sheep, goats, or other livestock on your homestead, and your dogs don’t have the job of herding them, you may want to use an electronic fence to separate the animals. The type of fencing that will keep livestock contained is not always adequate for dogs. If you already have a traditional fence in place, an invisible fence system can be used to reinforce the boundaries for your dogs and ensure they can’t find their way through. This can make for a happier atmosphere for animals who might be frightened by the presence of energetic dogs.

Fence Large Areas
Another great thing about invisible fence systems is that they can be used over large areas. Some electronic dog fences can enclose up to 100 acres of land. If you want your dogs to have access to the majority of your homestead, and you simply want to contain them within your property lines, an invisible fence is an economical and reliable way to do it. Fencing in many acres of property can cost thousands of dollars, but a DIY electric fence can be more than 80% less expensive, and systems start at just $300 total. If a section of the wire breaks, your system will notify you, too, unlike a traditional fence, which could put your dog at risk of escape if there’s damage you don’t know about.


Keep Dogs Safe
The primary use for an invisible fence is to keep your dogs safe and on your property. It can also be used to keep your dogs safe from your property. For example, if you have a pond or well that you don’t want your dog falling into, you can use an electric dog fence to keep them away from it. You can also enclose areas such as a barn where farm machinery or farm chemicals are stored. You won’t have to worry about your dogs getting into harm’s way when you’re not looking.

If you’re interested in getting an invisible dog fence system for your homestead, be sure to do your research on which system is right for you. Invisible fence reviews can help you compare systems. Electronic dog fences are also easy to install yourself, and going the DIY route can save you thousands of dollars on installation costs. There are also wireless dog fence systems that are even easier to set up. Whichever system you go with, you’ll have peace of mind that your dogs - and kept out of trouble - on your homestead.

Please note, when using this kind of fencing is that it is for your dog. It won’t keep a predator out of your hen house or your neighbors dog out of your garden. It won’t keep a stray from coming onto your property. It’s about keeping your dog where he is safe and won’t cause harm to others. 

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26 comments:

  1. we had an expensive dog fence (electronic) but the collar receiver stopped working. Not good.

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    1. Maybe you can get a replacement collar receiver?

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  2. I have never used an electronic fence only regular standard fencing

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    1. I have a standard fence but our neighbors put in the electric and I was SOOOO impressed with it that should I ever need another fence, I will invest in the invisible one!

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  3. My sister used one for her dog - kept the dog from getting in the driveway and chasing the chickens. I asked if she ever replaced the battery in the collar - "no". She hadn't read the instructions - but the dog had learned and still didn't cross the line.

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    1. LOL Yeah, one the dog knows it's boundaries it is amazing to watch even when their are no batteries or the collar is off.

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  4. We have a fenced yard and always have, we have never tried a electronic fence before, but it looks interesting.

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    1. It was a very interesting process to watch my neighbor use it on her dog. I was impressed! Like you, I have a traditional fence, but should I ever need a new fence, I would totally get an invisible one.

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  5. We had used one on the farm to keep the dogs out of the horses way. It works. The dogs learn and it works on and off. Great review. Great product. Thanks for sharing.
    ~Crystal

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  6. Good information.... I will remember these things for if we ever get to a house w/ property like we hope to. :)

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    1. I hope you get your property someday :)

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  7. We have a regular wood fence in the backyard.

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    1. I wish ours was wood, we have cruddy old chain link for now :(

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  8. We have a chain link enclosure right now and will be putting in a goat fence soon. I wonder how Jack Russell Terriers would doo with an electric fence; they don't have a lot of self-control. :)

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    1. Neither did my neighbors dog. It only took her going past the fence ONCE to realize never to do it again

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  9. These are really great! When we got our invisible fence 5 years ago it was to keep our dogs out of the woods (they were getting covered in ticks!) and keep our dogs away from customers. Their line is just this side of the parking area. It keeps the dogs from jumping on them and their cars when they arrive to buy chicks.....but that barking boxer mix looks pretty ferocious! They always ask "will she bite?" and I say "Just don't cross out of the paved area and she can't get you." They don't know she just wants petted lol

    Pinning this to my homestead board!

    Lisa

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  10. Sounds like a good idea, thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  11. I haven't tried any dog fencing. So I have no experience.

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  12. I've only had a regular fence before.I would definitely give an invisible fence a try though!

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  13. I only have a plain old wood fence but it works good.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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