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Angie's List: Installing a security fence for your pet

Undated (WXOW) - 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.

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," said Fence Contractor, Bob Swarm.  "That's their 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."

If the pet does not hear the tone, they will be shocked. 

"A lot of times I'll insist a homeowner feel it, said Swarm.  "I'll say I want you to know what your dog is experiencing. It eases their mind a lot to know that their dog is not getting zapped to a point where it's making them fearful."

The collars contain batteries that typically need to be replaced every three to four months, which can cost between $15 and $20.  But in the long run, Angie's List says an invisible fence can be less expensive than a traditional fence which can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a thousand dollars.

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 local municipality to see if a permit is required and verify any homeowner's association requirements regarding fencing.

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