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May 14, 2015

Five Ways to Use an Invisible Dog Fence on the Homestead

Our outside dog Cracker is a wanderer. No fence can hold him; he just squeezes between the strands of barbed wire or jumps over field fence. He's an awesome "critter dog," running off coyotes and killing varmints such as raccoons, possums and skunks.

We have only one neighbor within a square mile though. Our neighbor knows that Cracker helps protect his calves by chasing off predators.

Ours is an unusual situation. Not many people live as "far out" as we do, and wandering dogs aren't always a good thing. I know too many people who have lost chickens and even goats to their neighbors' dogs. If our dog harassed our neighbor's cows, we'd have to keep him contained - somehow. I think an electric dog fence would probably be the only way we could do it.

Today's post is about DIY electric dog fencing, published in partnership with Dog Fence DIY. They are kindly offering a $25 Amazon gift card to one of our readers; read on for the details.


Five Ways to Use an Invisible Dog Fence on the Homestead

Homesteading is a labor of love, and there’s always something that needs attention. Trying to ensure everything is taken care of is time-consuming and tiresome, but in the end, it’s worth it. Anything that can make the chores a little easier, however, is surely welcome! If you have energetic or mischievous pet dogs, sometimes keeping them out of the way - or out of trouble - is necessary. In such instances an electric dog fence is a must-have.

Fencing is one tool that can help you accomplish this, but traditional fences can be cumbersome when you only want to enclose a certain section or sections of your entire property. On the other hand, an underground dog fence isn’t an obstruction at all. It can reliably contain your dogs in many different situations, so let’s explore some different uses for electronic dog fences on the homestead.

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Protect Your Garden

Oftentimes the garden is one of the most attractive areas on the homestead to pet dogs. If your dogs enjoy digging, the moist soil of the garden is the perfect place to get their paws dirty - not to mention the delicious things to eat that might be growing there. A traditional fence around your garden won’t stop dogs who love to dig, however, because they’ll burrow right under it. An electric dog fence is a great solution, because your dogs’ e-collars will stop them (with beeping or a mild shock) from getting close enough to your garden to uproot it.

Keep Your Chickens Happy

If you have a chicken coop on your homestead, your dogs may take a particular interest in it, especially if they’re hunting dogs with a strong prey drive. Many chickens have been killed by pet dogs who desire to hunt, or even those who just want to chase and “play.” Not to mention, chickens’ egg-laying patterns can be disturbed by just the stress of the presence of dogs. It’s often best to keep dogs away from chicken runs, and enclosing the area with an invisible dog fence is quite effective. The lack of a traditional fence will also allow your chickens to roam whenever they feel safe to do so, such as when dogs are indoors.

Separate Other Livestock

If your dogs are not working or herding dogs, you may want to use an electronic dog fence to separate them from other livestock on your homestead. Traditional fences that create boundaries for livestock aren’t typically enough for dogs, so if you have that fencing in place already you can reinforce it by adding invisible dog fence wire underground along the fence.



Block Off Ponds

If you have a pond or well on your property, you might want to ensure your dogs’ safety by blocking their access to the water. This can easily be done with an invisible dog fence. If your dogs enjoy swimming, you can even bury underground dog fence wire underwater - allowing your dogs to enter the water up to a certain point, but preventing them from going too deep. The versatility of invisible dog fences and their ability to create precise boundaries can be very helpful in these situations where you want to carefully balance the happiness and safety of your dogs.

Create Indoor Boundaries

You can also bring an invisible dog fence system indoors. If you want to block your dogs’ access to certain rooms of the home, for example, you don’t have to lock them in their crates or in a back room. There are wireless dog fence systems and barriers that can be placed in doorways, hallways, etc. to prevent your dogs from entering only those specific rooms or areas.

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If you’re considering an electronic dog fence system for your homestead, there are many different options for you to consider. Underground fence reviews and wireless invisible fence reviews will help you compare the features and prices of different systems, so that you’ll have an easier time selecting the one that’s right for you.

Once you install an invisible dog fence, the most important element for its effectiveness is training. You’ll need to spend about 15-30 minutes per day for up to two weeks teaching your dogs their new boundaries and getting them used to their new e-collars. If done correctly and consistently, any dog can benefit from an electronic fence system.

What kind of dog containment system works for you? Have you ever used an electric dog fence?

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27 comments:

  1. These are wonderful ideas!! I don't have a homestead but I see a couple ideas that might work for me. Thank you!

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  2. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead10:07 AM

    Thanks, Milly. I was surprised to see that they can even be used inside the house to keep a dog out of the kitchen or another room.

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  3. You've described some interesting ways of using the fencing here. I am wondering how difficult it would be to use for pets that visit me frequently but don't live here. For example, grandson always brings his dog. :) At "home" the dog is allowed anywhere indoors, but I'd love to research how I could restrict the cute doggie from my LR/DR/Kitchen during large family gatherings.
    Thanks for the post!

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    1. Carol, I hope you'll go to dogfenceDIY.com and take a look. There's an 800 number you can call with questions.

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  4. Cracker is a beautiful boy. Please give him a "good boy!" for me ;)

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I'll tell him. :-)

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  5. Strong prey drive can and will drive a dog right on through the zap of an efence, fyi, I've seen it happen.

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  6. We had an electric dog fence when we had Irish Setters. That is nice of this company to offer an Amazon gc!
    Nan

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  7. Debbie4:02 PM

    When I was reading about protecting a garden, my mind briefly though, "Hey, I could put it around the garden to keep our deer." Fortunately, I realized that it would be no easy task to outfit all the deer in the area with the corresponding collars!

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  8. Debbie6:33 PM

    I shared this post on my Facebook page. Many in my extended family are dog-lovers and an electric fence would be interesting to them.

    Debbie

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Debbie.

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  9. Deborah Williams8:30 PM

    Very informative article! Enjoyed the ideas presented.

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  10. We used a very short electric fence (battery operated) on our gate for a little while. We should probably put it back up because our dog has been adventurous lately.

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  11. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead11:28 PM

    Thank you for sharing, Shelley.

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  12. Our neighbors have an electric fence and seem to love it. I like a classic metal fence but it is a great options

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  13. I also shared on twitter https://twitter.com/Momlovesl/status/599276697800876034

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  14. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead2:33 PM

    Thank you for sharing, Shannon.

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  15. We have 3 dogs. The chihuahua sometimes goes outside with me unleashed because he just won't get more than ten feet from me without getting stressed. The terrier always is leashed, he's too excitable & doesn't listen. The DODO (Dog of Dubious Origin) goes out unleashed & explores, but stays within eye sight. I was just talking to my husband about fencing in the yard last night so the terrier can run around. He's not that into it, as we'd lose some of the wildlife. An invisible fence may be an option.

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    1. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead1:34 PM

      This sounds ideal for your situation, Aimee.

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  16. Shared on FB & twitter

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    1. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead1:35 PM

      Thank you for sharing, Aimee.

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  17. Shared on Facebook. :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Christy.

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  18. We're looking into getting an invisible fence too since our terrier finds ways to get out of the chain link fence in backyard when pottying. He's houdini!

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  19. That last picture is beyond awesome!

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  20. Really nice post and thanks for writing. Also commonly known as in-ground electric fences, invisible dog fences are effective pet management systems and they play a key role in ensuring that pets especially dogs are safely confined to a specific area. See more here http://dogsaholic.com/training/best-invisible-dog-fence.html

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