Invisible fencing may seem like an attractive idea at the outset, but once
you learn all the facts, you will quickly learn it is NOT a good idea. In fact many
people, including most animal care facilities will NOT adopt a dog to a home that uses one!!
Dogs can — and will — go through an invisible fence. And once
they do, guess what? They won’t come back into the yard for fear of getting shocked; they
aren’t stupid. They’re simply willing to take the shock the first time through to get
whatever they’re after. And once they’re through, they’re free to chase other animals, get
into fights, get hit by cars, be shot at, picked up by animal control, etc. FURTHER....if
someone finds your dog with a "shock" collar on.... they are often very UNlikely to
give the dog back to what they would deem an abusive home.
Underground fencing does not keep anyone else from entering your
property. Therefore, children, cats, other dogs, wild animals and the like are free to come onto
your property and tease, terrorize or KILL your dog. And dog thieves find underground
fencing absolutely delightful — all they have to do is take the collar off the dog and go!
Everyone knows all the above facts. This is not
new information. Putting up an invisible fence is not safe or reliable for containing
your dog. But, it is cheap, easy and requires little effort. Not the kind of home we are
looking for. Putting in a REAL fence shows a commitment to your dogs safety. It shows that you
love and value your dog.
We will NOT adopt any of our dogs to homes that use an invisible fence.
Our contract clearly prohibits this.
If you have had good luck with an invisible fence.... you
have gotten lucky. We do not place our dogs with the hope that they will also be
Hopefully we have not offended anyone with our stand on invisible fencing.
As always, we are interested ONLY in the safety and comfort of our dogs.
Thank you to
Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue
for the use of this material.
Our sunshine does not come from the skies,
It comes from the love we see in each rescued dog's eyes.