How a Hidden Fence Works

A dog fence wire cable is installed around your property boundary, at below ground level, or on a fence line.

A Patented FM Digital Transmitter sends a coded radio signal through this cable. Your dog wears a lightweight, waterproof receiver on a collar that detects this harmless, coded signal.

When your pet gets close to the proximity of the cable, an audible warning tone from his collar alerts him that he’s “too close, back up”.

If the warning tone is ignored – rare after training- The collar emits a non-injurious, customised electrical stimulation.

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How Does my dog learn to stay in his new Dog Fence?

Your dog learns the dog fence boundary through audio tones and visual marker flags in conjunction with our professional dog fence training protocol. If you’ve had the new hidden fence installed by one of our dealers, your experienced hidden fence dealer will teach your pet how to understand the boundaries through our specific dog fence training protocol. Through repetition and consistency, they learn where they can run and play while staying at home. With training, your pet remembers the placement of the flags and is taught to stay within the border. During the training period, flags are slowly taken away. If your pet goes to within 1.5m (most properties) of the boundary, he will hear an audible warning sound from the receiver that means he’s getting close to the boundary. If he reaches the boundary, he will receive a suitable electrical stimulation.

What does my dog feel from the Hidden Fence collar?

Electronic dog collars (Hidden Fence collar) utilise electronic stimulation (ES) not electric shock.  ES delivered by modern electronic collars is Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), which artificially stimulates nerves and sensory receptors. TENS has no injurious consequences and is often used to manage chronic pain in humans. Our collar only delivers 1 millijoule of stored discharge energy; which is scientifically defined as: “a threshold of feeling, or tingling sensation”. Furthermore, the amount of correction can be adjusted so that a dog receives the appropriate level of stimulation for its size and temperament. If installed by a licensed dealer, Hidden Fence will meet your dog and evaluate the proper setting for your pet. DogWatch dog fence systems have been tested by a major veterinary college, and are used and recommended by veterinarians, Animal Behavourists and other welfare organisations.

Why would I want a Hidden Fence for my dog?

Dog Fence systems by Hidden Fence brand have kept pets safe in their yards for more than 19 years in Australia.  To date, there have been several million of these systems used successfully around the world.  The dog owners who seek out these training aids are often having problems managing their pet’s movements and are anxious for a solution. They are worried about the safety of their pet and also the risk of it being impounded. In some cases the owners may have acquired an unsuitable animal for their lifestyle but are now truly bonded to their pet. In other cases, the cost of fencing an adequate space of the pet is cost prohibitive for the owner or fencing may not be possible (e.g rental accommodation) or clash with other values held by the owner (aesthetics of their property) or council overlays.

Hidden Fence systems were developed as a method of safely containing dogs to their owners’ properties. They are an evolution of the electric fences used to contain livestock on farms, wildlife parks and in zoos. Hidden Fences work because the two-dimensional “choice pointing” behavioural learning of the dog of approaching the boundary are clearly communicated to the animal every single time it approaches the boundary. It could be argued that Hidden Fences may be more effective for containing pets safely while maximizing their welfare, than traditional fencing.