Angie's List discusses choosing underground pet fences - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Angie's List discusses choosing underground pet fences


Angie's List and WFSB are helping Connecticut residents pick out the best pet fence system.

Greg Smith is the owner of six Chihuahuas. All of the dogs get to enjoy their backyard now that an underground, or invisible, fence is installed. He said he chose between the underground and a conventional fence.

"We actually installed it shortly after we moved here about three years ago," Smith said, " and it seemed more convenient for us to still see the nature, still see the wildlife in the back if we used an underground fence."

An underground, invisible or wireless pet fence can be a great option for pet owners who don't want a physical fence between them and their neighbors.

People can tailor the layout of the fence to restrict virtually any area they want. The fence can run around the entire yard, flower beds, the swimming pool, or the kid's play area.

"When they go out and get near the line, the collar reads the radio signal and the dog will get a tone and that's it's warning that you need to get back," said fence contractor Bob Swarm. "So really the training is all about teaching the dog to back up when it hears the tone."

The collars contain batteries that need to be replaced every three to four months, costing between $15 and $20.

"An invisible fence can be less expensive than a traditional fence," said Angie Hicks of Angie's List. "It can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a $1,000, depending on the size of the area that you are trying to contain."

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