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Invisible dog fences offend me. My emotions seem to get the best of me every time I see one. It requires so much restraint not to knock on the front door, introduce myself and ask them to help me understand “why” they chose an invisible dog fence. #savemeLord

While this post isn’t necessarily about the controversy of the electronic shock or e-collars, I can’t imagine how anyone accepts this definition –

The static correction is a mild, harmless electric stimulation to get an animal’s attention. It doesn’t harm the animal. Instead, animals experience a light tingling feeling on their skin that serves to startle them and interrupt their behavior.

AND believes that this is “okay.” 



But this particular post is about my fear for the dog “behind” the fence. It’s the bigger issue that concerns consumes me.

Our evening route to the park begins the same, which takes me pass a particular house along the way.

An open driveway with a “piece” of fence in a portion of the front yard is the only barrier between the sidewalk and the homeowners property…

INVISIBLE DOG FENCESA 7 or 8 lb ball of fur stands alone in the driveway most of the time. He barks as we approach and will bounce as close to us as he can until he is reminded by a tingle around his neck that he’s come too close to the “invisible line”



For the past 15 months, I have passed this house at least 5 days a week.

With the exception of inclement weather, this dog is outside in the late afternoon. He seems well cared for, groomed, clean and looks like he’s fed on a regular basis. But for some reason, his owner just tosses him outside for fresh air and to fend for himself.

Can you even begin to imagine what a horrible scene it would be if an aggressive dog (unaccompanied by a human) took our same route?

On many occasions, I have purposely stalled, allowing this little munchkin to continuously bark, giving the owner(s) ample time to check on him.

This has always been my original “master” plan to meet and introduce myself. Never, I mean NEVER have I seen even a curtain sway from their front window.

So Cujo could very easily, kill and drag this mini carcass away like a scene from National Geographic’s Wild Kingdom and they would never know what happened.

Not to mention someone could stroll into the driveway, remove the collar, and carry him off somewhere.

By the time I return from my walk, I enter my house fussing and cussing about it. And Lee always tells me the same thing –

Girl don’t you ring those people’s bell.

What’s a girl to do?


The negative findings associated with the electronic collar are self explanatory. Opinions continue to vary since folks are still purchasing them. Obviously there’s a population who don’t believe the “tingle” a dog receives is that bad. #wannawearthecollar

But that’s not my reason for writing this post. I wonder if this group of believers realize the danger they put their dogs in because they want to contain their dogs on the premises.

If your determined to use an invisible dog fence, at least –

  • keep your door and/or window treatments open to have visibility on your pet.
  • check from time to time especially if you hear your dog barking repeatedly.
  • sit or stand outside with your dog if you’re unable to walk him/her and so he/she can use the bathroom.
  • be proactive and prepared with a plan should an aggressive dog crosses into your yard #eventuallyitwillhappen

Everyday we walk by, we stand there causing as much ruckus as we can in hopes of meeting the humans who live in the house donttellLee

I’m running out of options…

…I’m just gonna have to knock on this door. #Icanfeelit

Any words of advice when they open that door?

Dogs can’t speak for themselves, be their voice ❤️

  • Madison
    February 4, 2019

    We are not fans of those fences for so many reasons. For one, it is scary for us because there are often aggressive, mean dogs behind them and we don’t really trust they won’t come out after us. Some of our non dog friends have expressed fear of dogs without a “real” fence. If a dog does come out, they won’t go back in the yard because of the shock. Get a real fence if you need a fence. Even with a real fence, always have an eye on your dog. Countless people who have visited us have said to Mom, “do you know you never take your eyes off the yard when the girls are out?” That is true, because she needs to know what we are doing at all times if we are outside. You boys are lucky to have such a great home and mom!

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 4, 2019

      Tell your mom – we are cut from the same cloth. I excuse myself and go out in the yard with them! It only takes a minute – and I’m not willing to take that gamble.

  • Linda Hanf
    February 4, 2019

    Girl don’t ring that doorbell. . I know some neighborhoods don’t allow fences. I agree if they ever got out they are not going back in and there is nothing to protect them from intruders. It’s like propping your kid in from of the TV. Easy peasy parenting. I have a sign on my porch it says “ Job for the day, let the dog in, let the dog out”. Repeat. I have a large fenced in yard ugh (wish it were smaller) but the girls are limited by another fence to where they can go. What about birds of prey on that little one?? I’m sure my hawks think I am the biggest dog they’ve ever seen.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 4, 2019

      What a great idea – a smaller fence to corral the girls – that would work well to deter other creatures from complete access to your fur babies. So far the consensus is for me NOT to ring the doorbell. Temptation is a beast though…. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for reading!

  • Sue, Shadow, and Ducky
    February 4, 2019

    Geez, I hate those e-fences! For all the same reasons you mention. When my stepson and his family moved into their first home, they installed one. Jay was very good about training Max but I never did like the collar. They now live in a different house – without an e-fence – so Grandma is much happier to see Max able to fully enjoy his yard.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 4, 2019

      Hello Sue – I just want to share and hopefully offer alternatives while heightening awareness about our fur babies. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    February 4, 2019

    I was tempted to get an invisible fence for Rodrigo and Sydney when we moved onto our property. It would cost more than we could afford to fence our property with materials that were attractive, so why not use this option? Thankfully, I spoke with their trainer about it and she warned me of a few things you mentioned and a few more:

    1) Sometimes the collar is on the same frequency as neighboring garage door openers and the dog may get “tingles” when unnecessary.
    2) If you have a dog that really wants to get out, the “tingle” isn’t going to stop them.

    And it doesn’t keep other animals off of our property.

    I try to keep an open mind about the various training tools out there and even have an e-collar for Rodrigo (its vibration only, no shocking, no tingling) that served to help with his wandering after a couple of sessions.

    I do hear you on the leaving the dog outside alone though. This is why I always wanted multiple dogs, so they had someone to hang out with when we put them in their yard. But mostly I know that all of our dogs would prefer to be with us and I would prefer to be with them so I have made changes to my life so that I could make that happen. My home office has space for them to chill and when they go outside, I go with them and walk around listening to the Audible app or a podcast.

    It’s hard not to judge the actions of others, but I have to remind myself that we’re all on a path and there was a time when I didn’t know more than what the veterinarian and neighboring dog owners told me (all wrong). For some people, that’s enough. For others, we want to learn more and more. Thank God for that desire to learn more.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 4, 2019

      I love learning! And I rode sharing. Information/knowledge is so powerful. You’ve given some additional feedback that I didn’t think about and another reader just talked about creating a smaller fenced in area inside a large open yard to accommodate your dogs needs while still providing a barrier of protection from other creatures. I love when we can talk about things and share solutions, as well as hazards. Thanks Kimberly….

  • Monika, Sam & Elsa
    February 4, 2019

    This things makes me nuts. Don’t see them much in the ‘city’ but the Burbs love them. All those HOA’s that require all sorts of rules regarding home ownership. When you pay my mortgage, then you can tell me what kind of fence I can put around my property. Not before.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 4, 2019

      I thought it was rather odd to see it in the “city.” Let alone Charleston proper. We have so many gorgeous places to walk our dogs, in fact this house happens to be a half block from Hampton Park – a 63 acre paradise complete with trails and poop bags! I understand if the owner(s) cannot physically walk the dog, but at least keep an eye and ear out when you hear him barking. Super surprised to see one in the city….

  • Jan K
    February 4, 2019

    We have a 6 foot high chain link fence for Luke’s yard, yet I still keep an eye on him whenever he is out there; especially if he is barking!!
    It will probably make you feel better if you knock on their door and tell them what you think. Just keep in mind that if these people don’t even check on their dog when he’s barking, there’s probably no getting through to them!
    BTW, my sister has this type of fence. Her late husband believed in it and talked her into it. But her dogs were still escaping the yard, and she now has a physical fence as well.
    Having a fearful dog like Luke makes me look at things differently. I think even a simple thing like a supposed “tingling” has the potential to freak a dog like him out completely. I just would never consider this for any dog, ever.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 4, 2019

      Hi Jan – perhaps as the weather warms up I may catch a glimpse of someone – Lee is adamant that he doesn’t want me on their property – but I’ve never listened to him before so why start now LOL Either way, I will definitely keep you posted! Take care my friend…

  • Emma
    February 25, 2019

    I agree with you! The issue isn’t dogs getting out of the yard, it’s bigger dogs getting in! Some of my neighbors seem to have very aggressive, untrained dogs, and I don’t want them anywhere my puppy! I have a SafetyPup fence that is designed so that dogs can’t stick their heads through it or dig underneath it and it provides me peace of mind when my dogs are outside.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 25, 2019

      I agree with you Emma. I worry about this little pup all the time. I am still waiting to see the human – I am sure I will strike up that subject. Someone’s got to advocate for the dog…. Thanks for stopping by, please come back soon.

  • Renee Erhardt
    March 28, 2019

    I’m a little late to this conversation, I think it is more than a tingling feeling, my dog used to cry out, he was a runner and it was the only thing we could do at the time. We have moved and we have a fenced in yard. Not only can other animals come on your property, if your dog goes through the invisible fence, they maybe hesitant to come back through. Any wild animal can get them if you leave them out. I have a six foot fence around my whole back yard and I never leave them out without always going and checking on them. well and plus they are both barkers so they would drive my neighbors crazy. If they are not with their dog or checking on him when he barks at you, chances are they won’t be offended if you stop and say something. They probably think he’s just a dog 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 23, 2019

      Hey Renee , to this day this dog is still in an open yard. I’ve not knocked on the door yet, but that doesn’t mean I may not in the very near future. I agree with you – they probably are thinking “he’s just a dog.” I never thought about how difficult it could be for the dog to go back into the yard once it ran out, how terrible would that be for the dog to wander off because it was too painful to return back to its home yard. So sad.

  • Mindi
    September 5, 2019

    I appreciate this post. I am a foster dog volunteer in Charlotte, NC and I have an application for my 9 month old pure bred female German Shepherd. Someone sent me a completed application without requesting it directly from me. If she had, she would have known it was not a good match. We do NOT allow any invisible fencing. I am looking for a story I saw on FB about a dog who went out of the fence & returned injured, but was too afraid to come back into the yard and risk being shocked. If I recall, they found him/her near death. I have given all my logical answers to the reason our RESCUE group has this non-negotiable policy on the subject. They’ve been through enough! The LAST thing we want is to send them somewhere to be shocked… I don’t understand how others do NOT understand

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 6, 2019

      Oh Mindi – you and I are kindred spirits. I have since had a chance to meet and talk to the owner but she doesn’t view this the way I do – so there’s nothing more I can do. I rarely walk down that street anymore – It’s too heart breaking for me.

  • Mary Hanson
    November 2, 2020

    I am wondering if it has occurred to you that it’s possible that they have electronic monitoring on a Visual screen, so they can see and hear their dog (and you) without opening the curtains?? And that they might have gps tag on their dog to track it in case someone grabs it? Has it also occurred to you that the dog might be perfectly happy?? As I was reading your post, it appears you purposely were taunting this dog, and that the owners want (and deserve) their privacy without you meddling in their lives and posting public comments about them. Some people criticize others and fail to see their own wrong doing. It’s not cruel to let a dog enjoy their yard on a beautiful day.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 26, 2021

      Hello Mary – While all that you shared (visual screens and a gps) as devices used to ensure this dogs safety could be true, should a larger dog attack and possible maul that sweet adorable 7 pound creature from God, they could never save it from hurt, harm or danger from inside their home. I was not taunting the dog, as a matter of fact I have since started crossing the street when I walk by to prevent the dog from having a barking fit as we walk by. I respect your opinion, it makes me revisit what I wrote and rethink my feelings both at that time and now. I still believe in that particular setting, the dog is at great risk. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you come back again soon…. Take care