Originally Posted by VictoiseC
Hi! Well, I don't know but for me those things seem bothersome.
What's wrong with regular ol' fences? The real problem though, is our mailman had a dog he just loved so very much. He had the invisible fence for a year or so but just recently, a really loud motorcycle went by and his dog just ran right through the thing and got hit and killed. So, that's something to think about.
Regular ol' fences are expensive. If you go cheap, they are ugly. If you live in an area with a Homeowner's Association, you may be restricted as to where you can put it and what type.
An invisible fence will not keep other animals out. It is also recommended to not leave animals out unsupervised, although the only time I had a problem with my dog running through the fence, he wasn't wearing his collar.
The Invisible Fence installer programs the collar so that the jolt given to the dog is calibrated to something strong enough to get his attention but weak enough to not be harmful to him.
I have no idea how the collars are calibrated for the other brands, including the do-it-yourself ones.
Without knowing anything about your mailman or his fence, I do not know if it was the type of fence, the training, or anything else. All of the stories that I have heard about dogs running through the fence have been for non-IF brand fences.
I have heard success stories with non-IF brand fences, but all of the failure stories that I have heard are with non-IF only. That's just my little world.
I know that we didn't leave our dog alone until we were absolutely certain that he would not go past the line on his own.