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Angie’s List: Pet Fences

(WGGB) — When you feel dog-tired, the last thing you want to do is take Fido for a stroll.

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

“An invisible fence can be less expensive than a traditional fence. It can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a thousand dollars depending on the size of the area that you are trying to contain,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.

You can tailor the layout of the fence to restrict virtually any area you want, so you can run it 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, so really the training is all about teaching the dog to back up when it hears the tone,” adds Bob Swarm, a fence contractor.

Though underground and wireless fences can help keep pets in certain boundaries, it’s important to remember that these systems cannot keep other animals out of your yard.

Also, before you install any type of fencing, check with your city or town to see if a permit is required and verify any homeowner’s association requirements regarding fencing.