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Wood fence, Electric Dog Fence, or both?

Electric Dog Fence plus a wood or chain link fence?

You have a wooden, vinyl or chain link fence in your yard and your dog finds a way over, digs under or escapes through an unsecured gate. Can the Electric Dog Fence be used with a physical fence and  keep a dog from escaping?


“I have a wooden fence in my backyard. Can I just have the electric dog fence installed in the front of the house?” is a question we hear  frequently.

Many pet owners install a traditional wooden fence in their yard, both to make their property look nice and to contain their canine companion … only to find that their dog is resourceful and is able to maneuver around this physical boundary and escape either through or under the wooden fence or out an unlocked, or unsecured gate. While you may want to install an EDF in your front yard only, the system works best when you fully surround your property, for a couple reasons.

Price- First, it typically doesn’t cost anything extra to do front and back yards. (Really)

The Electric Dog Fence will form a backup for your traditional fence in that part of the yard. Installing the electric dog fence (EDF) in conjunction with its wooden counterpart will ensure your pet does not even consider trying to sneak out of the back yard through that loose slat, unsecured gate or gap between the fence and ground!

In the rest of the yard  your dog will learn (and with proper and complete training) where the perimeter of the yard is and stay inside that area.

There is also another reason why we encircle your house with the Electric Dog Fence; functionality. In order to keep your pet safe, the Electric Dog Fence needs to make a full circuit in order to work correctly and effectively. (Think of a single wire connected to itself – this is a “full circuit.”) The best way to form a full circuit is to encompass the yard with the house inside the ‘circut’.

More of a visual person? See the most common yard configurations for the Electric Dog Fence HERE

Hidden Dog Fence- Will My Pet Get a Warning Beep Before He Gets a Shock?

Containment Flags

K9 Contain My Dog Containment Flags

One of the most common questions people ask about the electric dog fence is: “Will my dog receive a warning beep with the hidden dog fence collar before getting a shock at the boundary area.”

The answer to this is “yes.” Here’s how electric dog fences work:

  • A wire is buried a few inches below ground at the edge of the yard to create a boundary.
  • A transmitter is installed somewhere in your home- this powers the system.
  • Flags are placed just inside the shock area as the first warning for the dog- they give a visual indicating where the boundary is located.
  • As the dog approaches the underground wire, he will first see the flags marking the edge…
  • Once passed the flags, he will receive a series of beeps that last for approximately 3 seconds before receiving a shock.

The wire buried in the yard outlines his boundary. When he approaches the boundary the wire gives off a signal that will make the collar beep then shock your pet if he crosses it. The flags mark the inside edge of the shock area, in which the dog receives the beeps and shocks. As your dog gets near the edge of the yard, he will pass the flags and then hear a series of beeps from his collar before getting a shock.

Through training, your dog will learn that the flags, beeps, and shock work together to show him where the boundary is located.

The containment flags will signal your dog that he is at the edge of his safe area. Once past the flags he will hear the collar beep, which alerts him that he is about to receive a correction or shock.  Proper and complete training teaches your dog that being in the yard is fun and safe and going past the boundary makes him uncomfortable.

Hidden Dog Fence or shock collar?

Remote CollarWhat is the difference between a handheld remote shock collar and an electric or ‘Hidden’ type dog fence? Consistency. The difference is mostly a matter of consistency, which in the training of any dog is extremely important. Electric Dog Fences provide a much more consistent and therefore a much more fair experience for the dog in training. The use of a hand held remote can only be successful if the human operating it is with the animal 24/7.  From a behavioral point of view, there are just too many variables at play for the handheld remote to be effective. If a human is there, they must always be watching out for the dog in order to ensure that the animal receives a correction every time they cross the boundary area. The operator of the remote must also ensure that he or she is consistent in assessing where the boundary is. This is understandably difficult, even for the most expert trainer.

The electric dog fence (EDF) provides your dog with a clear and consistent message, making training much more effective. With proper and complete electric dog fence training, the dog is easily able to attribute the flag boundary in your yard with the shock he or she receives when they pass it. This means your dog will begin to see the edge of your yard as the “edge of the cliff”. There are no variables. The collar will always give your dog a correction when they reach the boundary, and the boundary is always in the same place. This gives your dog many opportunities to learn where the boundary is and eventually he or she will know that their yard is a safe place to run and play, but the edge is somewhere they should not go regardless of whether their owner is watching them or not.