I was in the parking lot of Home Depot in Miami Gardens last week when someone saw the Dog Guard Out of Sight Dog Fence sign on the side of my car and approached me with a question. “I see that you install those invisible dog fences at the home. I have some friends that love it and some friends that said it didn’t do a bit of good. I don’t want my Doberman Pinscher running away when he is in the front yard. What is the best thing to do?”
I would have loved to tell my neighbor that the Dog Guard Out of Sight Dog Fence was the best and only way to go. The problem is that the underground fence might not be the best solution in every situation. You really have to look at the specific environment along with positive and negative distractions before the most appropriate and “family safe” solution can be implemented.
The first question that I always ask is if there are off-leash, aggressive dogs in the neighborhood. (This is always a bad thing!) If the answer is “yes” and there is now way to rectify the situation, you have no way to safely contain any “dog on dog” situation. An out of sight fence might contain your dog, but it will not stop the other, aggressive dog from entering the front yard and attacking. You have put your dog in a very bad and unsafe situation. You have also put yourself and your family in a dangerous situation. When you have “roaming, aggressive” dogs in the neighborhood, the only thing you can do is to not let your dog in the front yard or to build a standard fence (wood, chain link, or other solid material) that can keep out the neighbor dogs when you and your dog are in the front.
Now, let’s say that there are no “bad dogs” roaming the neighborhood. Your next question comes down to the activity and proximity of the street in front of your house. If the street is very busy most of the day and your front yard is very small, that doesn’t leave much room for your dog to roam. An underground dog fence requires a “correction zone” to assure the dog will not cross the zone. If there is not enough room to properly establish a correction zone from the perimeter of your front yard and leave a comfortable safety zone, I might suggest rethinking your “let’s be in the front yard” idea.
We have now reached the point where there are no free-roaming, bad dogs in the neighborhood and you have a front yard that is big enough to comfortably allow your dog to roam and be away from any automobile traffic. The last question that I would ask is if you, as your dog’s owner, is if you are willing to spend about ten to fifteen minutes each day for about a week or so to train your dog with the underground fence system. If the answer is “yes”, the underground fence would be a great solution.
If you still have some questions on what method of keeping your dog in the front yard is right for you, other training questions are popping into your head; or you need to learn more about Dog Guard Out of Sight Fences, please contact The Best Out of Sight Fence Trainers in Miami Gardens and South Florida. Give a quick check of our South Florida Dog Training Blog on our Home Dog Training of South Florida Web Location.