Solid, Traditional Fence Or Invisible Fence? Which Is Better For Your Dog’s Yard?

If you're thinking of installing a fence with the primary purpose of keeping your dog in your yard, then you have a decision to make. Should you opt for a traditional, solid fence made from a material like aluminum or vinyl, or should you go for a new-fashioned invisible fence installed below ground? Both options have their pros and cons. Here's a look!

Invisible Fencing: Pros

Invisible fencing does not interfere with the look of your landscape. If you love being able to look out across your yard without any obstructions, invisible fencing will preserve this. Another pro is that you don't have to worry about trimming around it as you would with a traditional fence -- you can mow right over it.

Invisible Fence: Cons

There is a learning curve for your dog when adapting to an invisible fence. It will take him a few weeks to learn where the fence boundaries are, and during this time, you'll have to do some training including leading your dog around the perimeter of the yard. Some dogs may never adapt to invisible fencing and may challenge it, in spite of the shock they experience when they get near the fence.

Traditional Fence: Pros

Traditional fences don't just keep your dog in; they also keep others out. If your dog is of a rare breed or you live in a questionable neighborhood, you may want this extra layer of security. Plus, you don't have to worry about the fence failing if the electricity goes out. (An electric fence won't work in a power outage unless you hook it up to your generator.)

Traditional Fence: Cons

Traditional fences require a bit more maintenance than an invisible fence. With wood, you have to treat and seal the wood to prevent water damage. With aluminum, you need to watch out for corrosion and apply a sealant periodically. Another con of traditional fencing is that some dogs may leap over it, dig under it, or climb through it. You'll have to carefully choose your fence style with your dog's specific size (and talents) in mind.

To learn more about these fencing options, speak with a fence contractor in your area, or check out websites like A professional can let you know which option has worked best for other homeowners with dogs and setups similar to your own. Getting estimates for both types of fencing will also allow you to make a wise decision financially.