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A problem with a neighbour's invisible fence

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Initial post: Feb 26, 2012 4:29:43 AM PST
I live in a neighborhood with a ton of dog owners. When I go for occasional walks, they usually bark at me, which I dont like, but they are usually behind a fence.

But, I have one neighbor on a street corner with a large retriever, that's "fenced" in with an Invisible Fence. The problem is this dog runs right up to my face to bark at me, and follows me around the sidewalk.

The owners being lovely people, just sit and watch or ignore what their dog is doing. Im nervous around dogs, so I end up walking away as quickly as I can, or go across the street.

Is there a way I can legally make these people get a real fence or at least a chain to restrain their dog? I dont mean to offend pet owners, but I dont trust the invisible fences, and believe the dog will simply ignore the momentary shock and cross the property line if it really wants to. I mean, the dog is right in my face barking and following me whenever I walk on that part of the sidewalk.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 11:30:53 AM PST
Have you contacted animal control to see what they laws might be??

I hate invisibe fences!! Thyat is not a fence!!

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 6:30:38 AM PST
MsCynic says:
Unfortunately I know of more than 1 dog who has run through the 'invisible fence' if what they wanted on the other side is more important. Your area may have a requirement that the fence line be X - feet or inches from the property line. You can call and ask.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 6:57:16 AM PDT
Missa says:
The dog is "fenced" and is staying on their property. A "real" fence does not contain dogs any better than the invisible fence. Sometimes it generates more anxiety for the dog because they cannot see what their ears are picking up causing them to dig under or jump over the fence. The owners have fulfilled their responsiblity by containing the dog, which is probably why they sit there and ignore the behavior or the dog barking at you. You probably create the stress to the dog by your actions. If you do not like the dog coming in your comfort zone, stay across the street when you walk by that section. The invisible fence is evidentally working well for that dog as you do not state that it crosses the line, just that it gets to close to you for your comfort.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 8:11:41 AM PDT
Sorry, Missa, but I have eight dogs, I love dogs, I'm a total dog person -- BUT the sidewalk is for people to walk on. They shouldn't have to "stay across the street" because of a dog in a yard. The dog's owners are being incredibly rude allowing this to go on, and I would certainly see what the local laws are for fences. I have a high chain link fence, and if my dogs start barking at passersby, I make my dogs shut up.

And I agree with Girliee Whiteshoes: an invisible fence is a lousy idea. It doesn't keep a determined dog in, and it doesn't keep other dogs and people from entering a yard.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 11:23:20 AM PDT
Pat L. Glenn says:
I also wouldn't have an electric "invisible" fence. As Girlee says, if its mind is strongly on something outside the fence, they can ignore the momentary shock. It is beyond rude for the owners to sit and do nothing. Even if it was a real fence, they should have control of their dog. I agree with Cavalier, and make my dogs be quiet if they start barking at passersby or neighbors, even though I know they really want the person to come pet them. But another reason I would not have one is that any dogs running loose will not be fazed by the "invisible" fence, and could come in and harm my dog.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 4:40:57 PM PDT
afb says:
Andrew, you kicked this off almost 5 months ago. What has happened? Did you just need to vent? Are you a troller?

I'm a "dog" lover. I am NOT necessarily a "dog owner" lover. Some are idiots, some are just oblivious...and many things in between.

You said several things in your original post that bothered me, and really didn't give me enough perspective. Since you haven't posted since, this seems more of a "i shouldn't have to put up with this on my occasional walk where I choose to walk by their house rather than a different route on the sidewalk beside the dog rather than other side of street (insert foot stomp) than a real problem."

But, if I'm misjudging you, here are a couple of attempts at being constructive.

Have you spoken to the owners? You said they were "lovely people" which may have been sarcasm, but for me, is still the first correct and constructive approach. Personally, don't like the fact that they ran their invisible fence right up against the sidewalk, AND that they sit there watching while their dog barks at walkers.

Research your city ordinances or speak to your city animal control people?

As far as invisible fences go. I've had great results. Contained a 120 pound doberman. I did lots of research before choosing a system, and spent much time training him with flags (visuals in the beginning), tones and mild shocks. Against the street, came 15 feet behind the 5 foot utility easement. Would never have let him spend time in front barking at walkers...even 20+ feet back.

Would love to hear what has happened.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 10:16:12 AM PDT
Experience says:
There are no [zero] technical ways to prevent dangerous abuse by adult and child humanstrangers, other animals and owners of "invisible fences."
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