The worst thing about being a dog owner is probably that fact that the average dog will only live between 8 and 15 years. As with humans, there are many variables that will affect the life span of a dog. Aside from a terminal illness like cancer, large breed dogs have a considerably shorter life span than small dogs. For example, the average life expectancy of a healthy Great Dane is around seven years, whereas the typical healthy beagle will live at least 12 years.
Still, even if dogs were to live 20 years, 30 years, or longer, it will never seem long enough for most dog owners. After all, 85 to 90 percent of dog owners consider their dogs to be members of their families, compared to 63 percent of pet owners as a whole. Although people without pets might consider it strange, most dog owners will spoil their dogs with toys, treats, and their own fancy dog beds. In fact, nearly 40 percent of dogs are allowed to sleep in the bed of the owner!
Considering that they want their pets to be around for as long as possible, the average pet owner will do everything they can to protect their dogs from accidents. At the same time, they also want to give their dogs some freedom to run, roam, and play. Unfortunately, many homes do not have fences; and even if they do, some dog owners may want to give their dogs more space. For either of these owners, invisible fence systems might be the ideal solution.
There are typically two types of invisible fences for dogs. The first kind is operated via GPS, which makes it possible to create virtual fences that can be altered. The other is the underground dog fence. Underground pet fencing is a bit simpler to explain, as a buried wire emits the signal that activates the electronic dog collar.
Although invisible fence systems vary in terms of effectiveness, most are very reliable. However, like physical fences, invisible pet fences are not 100 percent foolproof. This is because batteries run out, and they have been shown to be ineffective with certain dogs. For instance, if a breed with an intense drive to hunt sees a small animal across the road, invisible fence may not be strong enough to overcome the excitement and strong instincts of certain breeds, such as beagles.
Whether dog owners prefer regular fences or invisible fence systems, the bottom line is that they will all go to great lengths to protect their pets. After all, their lives are brief enough as it is. Why risk cutting them short due to preventable accidents?