Warning Signs

When you need Hidden Fencing for Pet Containment

It's funny how these things start. The initial warning signs weren't enough to convince us that we needed to install a hidden fence system, but they seem so obvious in retrospect.

We noticed a small hole under the fence one day while walking on the adjacent sidewalk. The hole was small enough for a squirrel or rabbit but not large enough for a dog. Because of its size, we thought maybe an animal had dug it to get in and out of the yard. I went out back and filled it in with some dirt and looked for more holes. There were none.

A week or so later, however, the hole had reappeared. In fact, there was a second hole a bit further down the fence, and this one was a bit larger. I filled them both in and then used some stones and bits of concrete debris to prevent further digging at those spots.

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You can see where this is going. New holes appeared and were promptly filled and blocked. We still hadn't clued in to the fact that we needed an electronic fence. Sometimes the stones and debris I placed were moved aside so that the animal (I was fairly sure at this point that it was one or both of our dogs, but I had no real proof) could continue digging in one of the previous spots. Maybe they thought it was a game. I just found it annoying! I even nailed wooden boards over the bigger holes to prevent them from reappearing.

Blocked holes on the fence

Note the wooden boards at the bottom of the fence, still there even after we installed the Invisible Fence brand system

If I had to specifically list the warning signs that should cause you to consider getting an Invisible Fence system, they would be:

  • Holes appearing mysteriously under the regular fence.
  • Dog spending lots of time outdoors.
  • Dog not coming back in the house when called.
  • Holes reappearing after you filled them.

But of course, we ignored these warning signs. The visible fencing made us complacent; up until that point we certainly didn't think we needed any kind of hidden fencing. Until the escape.