How Invisible Fence Works

Security Inside the Boundary

Unlike DIY electric dog fences and other underground pet fences, Invisible Fence® Brand offers an all-in-one solution that works together simply and seamlessly. Using exclusive Boundary Plus® Technology and animal-behaviorist approved training, we customize Invisible® Boundaries inside and outside your home, so you can be confident in your pet’s protection – wherever they are.

Under the hood.

Invisible Fence systems are designed to work together—simply and seamlessly. With the same Computer Collar® Receiver, your pet can have safe yard boundaries, access our secure pet door, and learn better behaviors both indoors and out. Plus, all Invisible Fence systems include professional installation and expert pet training. So, whether your pet is the outdoorsy type, a couch potato, or somewhere in between, Invisible Fence has solutions to match. Here’s how it all comes together.

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    Invisible Fence Technology

    Invisible Fence Radio Control Panel
    Radio Frequencies.

    Invisible Fence uses digital radio frequencies to operate your system. It’s just like tuning in to your favorite satellite radio station. Digital signals are stronger and more reliable than AM/FM analog signals. So, your system stays up and running.

    Control Panel.

    The Control Panel broadcasts the signal, much like a radio station. It’s usually installed in a central but discreet location, like your garage.

    Radio Fence Cable

    The digital radio signal from the Control Panel travels along an insulated cable buried around your property.

    Signal Field.

    A signal field is created on all sides of the buried cable, and represents your pet’s protective boundary. It’s created by the Control Panel, and is detected by your pet’s Computer Collar Receiver.

    Invisible Fence Collar
    Computer Collar® Receiver.

    Your pet wears the Computer Collar Receiver, which acts like a radio, picking up the digital signal transmitted by the Control Panel.

    Static Correction.

    When your pet’s Computer Collar Receiver crosses into the signal field, it first provides an audible warning tone, then provides a gentle static correction that reminds him he’s reached the limits of his boundary. The level of correction is customized to your pet, ensuring it stays at the right level. It’s a completely safe and effective way to reinforce your pet’s training.

    Invisible Fence Boundary Flag
    Boundary Flags.

    These little white flags help your pet remember the location of their boundary. As your pet’s behavior adapts, she’ll be able to recall the boundary without needing a visual cue.

Why does Invisible Fence work?

People ask us if electric fences work for cats and dogs? And the answer is yes. At Invisible Fence, we believe training is the most important part of teaching your pet to stay within safe boundaries. That's why we developed our Perfect Start Plus Training Program in collaboration with leading animal-behaviorists around the country to ensure dogs and cats learn boundaries without fear or distress.

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    With over three million pets trained, Invisible Fence understands that no two pets are the same. So, why should their training be?

    Our certified trainers take intensive coursework in animal behavior, both in the classroom and in the field, so we can customize Invisible Fence training.

Three steps to freedom.

A safer, happier, more independent pet. An easier life for you. All in three simple steps. It all starts when you click or call to schedule an appointment with your neighborhood Invisible Fence dealer.

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1. FREE In-home consultation.

Every pet (and every family) is different. That’s why we’ll find a convenient time that works with your schedule to meet your pets, take a look at your property and talk about your needs. And together, we’ll choose an affordable, effective solution to match.

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2. Professional installation.

Invisible Fence installation experts get your new system up and running in no time — the first time! Once it’s installed, your neighbors won’t see a single difference in your landscaping or property. And, if you ever have questions or need help, your local experts are there for you.

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3. Customized Perfect Start™ Plus training.

Here’s where the magic really happens! Invisible Fence certified pet trainers get to know your pet. And they use our systematic, gentle training approach that’s approved by veterinarians and animal behaviorists, customizing it specifically to your pet’s personality, breed and situation. The result? A better-behaved pet that truly understands his boundaries.

It’s easy. It’s hassle-free. And it’s the beginning of a richer, more fulfilling life with your pet. So, don’t wait. Schedule your appointment today.

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Q and A.

Have questions? Here are a few that other pet owners have asked. And we’re happy to help answer other questions you may have about Invisible Fence Solutions. Just click here, or give us a call at 1-866-804-1250.

  • Will Invisible Fence hurt my dog?
    No; Invisible Fence is safe and humane for pets. In fact, Our Perfect Start™ Plus Training program is recommended by veterinarians, professional dog trainers, behaviorists, and other pet experts. Unlike DIY dog fences and other pet fence companies, our training is customized to each pet, so you can be confident in your pet's safety.
  • Will Invisible Fence work on any pet?
    Yes! Dogs and cats of all sizes, breeds, ages, and temperaments have successfully been trained on Invisible Fence. Our featherweight MicroLite® Computer Collar® Receiver is the smallest and most advanced collar available. Weighing in at just one ounce, it’s easily worn by even the smallest dog breeds, including Yorkshire Terriers, Pekingese, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Pomeranians, as well as cats.
  • How much does Invisible Fence cost?
    Every dog, family and property is unique, which is why we customize every Invisible Fence system to meet your specific needs. Size of property, type of equipment purchased and number of pets on the system are all factors that must be considered when determining the final price.
    We’ll help you determine a solution that will fit your needs and your budget. To get an exact price, schedule a FREE, no-obligation, consultation in the convenience of your home by calling us at 800-578-3647 or click here to schedule online.
  • How does Invisible Fence’s underground dog fence work?
    First, a wire is installed around the perimeter of your property, establishing your pet's Invisible Boundary® perimeter. A transmitter, usually placed in your basement or garage, sends a radio signal along the wire. The radio signal is picked up by your pet's Computer Collar, which emits a warning sound when your pet approaches the Invisible Boundary.
    Proper training is critical to ensure that your pet understands and stays within the established boundaries. That is why we create our Perfect Start Plus Training Program. During the training process, your professional certified Pet Trainer will introduce the customized static correction to your pet which reinforces the boundaries of your property and tells your pet clearly where they can and cannot go. Contact your local Invisible Fence Brand professional for more information.
  • Is static correction humane for pets?
    Yes. While the correction from a Computer Collar Receiver may be uncomfortable and startling to your pet, it will not hurt them. Many pets only feel the correction once or twice and don't challenge the system afterwards.
    It is important to note that we have thousands of different customizable corrections and the correction used is based on the personality of your pet, not the size or breed. The static correction from a Computer Collar Receiver is similar to the sensation you feel when you run your hand across a TV screen or when you walk across a carpet and touch a metal doorknob. The sensation momentarily surprises you and gets your attention.
  • Do Invisible Fence systems work for cats?
    Yes! Cats can be successfully trained to use the Invisible Fence system, both outdoors and indoors. Our featherweight MicroLite Computer Collar Receiver is the smallest and most advanced collar available. Weighing in at just one ounce, it’s easily worn by cats.
  • How big is our electric dog collar?
    Our MicroLite Computer Collar unit is so small it only weighs 1 ounce. Measurements are approximately 1.75" wide x 1" tall x 1" deep.
  • Is Invisible Fence safe for pregnant or nursing cats/dogs?
    Yes, your Invisible Fence solution is completely safe to use with pregnant and nursing pets. In more than 45 years we have found no evidence that suggests an Invisible Fence system produces detrimental effects for a pregnant pet. We have had veterinary reports of many pregnant pets, pets in season, and pets conceiving while on the Invisible Fence system. In the best interest of the pet, we will always advise that each owner check with their veterinarian if they have concerns regarding containment.
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At Invisible Fence West Coast we’re passionate about protecting pets — so you can focus on fun! So, let’s talk. And we’ll find the gentle, effective, affordable solution that’s right for you and your pet. Guaranteed.

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