Electric dog fence, especially the invisible models, regardless of their type - underground or wireless, is a groundbreaking technology introduced in the pet industry! Over time, e-fences have been quite popular all over the world. Your dogs stay there and run freely inside a broader area. You'll require no runner to get your dog confined always. Using an invisible electric fence will allow you to get rid of untangling the leash constantly, and other likely inconvenience therein.

You’ll get different benefits from invisible fences, but that doesn’t mean they are free from any negative. They instead have some odd shortcomings too, and failure to contain the dogs inside the boundary sometimes is the most significant one amongst them.

Being pet professionals, we have heard, “My dog runs through the invisible fences! Why can't the fence successfully confine my dog within the boundary? Why then did I invest such a handsome amount behind a high-tech fence?” so many times from our clients!

We know it's not very pleasant! We used to suggest some common ways to solve the problem unless it is way too complicated. In fact, with some simple troubleshooting, you can resolve the issues by yourself. We will discuss some troubleshoot related points in the following writeup, which might help you get the remedy.

Current Status of the Collar-Battery

One of the main reasons that can arise the problem is having less or non-functioning battery on the dog collar. Either the battery (ies) in your dog’s collar is improperly seated, or it is outdated and needs a replacement.

If you find your dog running through the invisible fence, you should first check the condition of the battery in the collar. It would be best if you verify the collar, e.g., battery testing, according to the owner’s manual coming with the particular model of the collar.

If you find the battery is incorrectly seated or it needs to be replaced, do that following the installation instructions from the manual. Before replacing the battery, it is essential to know the type of battery used by the collar.

It is a good practice to check the battery level regularly even if you are not still facing any problem with your fence or collar, which will eventually help you get rid of any future issues.

Current Status of the Base Station (Transmitter)

If you get that the collar is functional with sufficient battery power, inspect the base station of the invisible fence. A transmitter, either battery-powered or power supply connected, controls the signals and other issues in an invisible fence.

Check if the power connectivity is okay with the transmitter. If it is battery powered, inspect according to the user manual if it contains enough battery life or needs swapping out. Check other issues that might reduce the overall functionality of a transmitter.

The owner’s manual comes with guidance, applying which you can figure out if the system is working correctly. If you do not find any problem there, you might consider some other issues.

Other Considerable Factors

A common issue that affects the containing capacity of an invisible fence is the unlevel terrain. Drastic unevenly terrain creates boundary gaps and using which (if your dog can identify once) your dog can smoothly run away. To fix the problem, you have to change the boundary range to avoid problematic areas. It mainly happens with a wireless model of an invisible fence.

When it comes to an in-ground models with a wider area coverage, the signal connectivity, through the cables, can be interrupted, and your dog may run through the boundary. Usually, it happens by accident while digging or any other landscaping. The base station (transmitter) well gives you alert in most of the cases that there is a connectivity issue, but you have to figure out where it is before fixing it.

Your Fence Might Not Be Just the Right One for Your Dog


If you find out after thorough inspection that everything is okay with the fence and your dog still running through it, then there is a strong possibility that the fence is not just the right one for your dog. You might buy one for your small or medium size dogs, which you should not try for if you get a large-size dog. In that case, it requires some other model, maybe a more powerful one.

Last Words

If your dog is running through the invisible fence because of any of the common facts explained above, we believe you can fix it by yourself. Try to follow the instructions accurately given in the product manual. If you still cannot resolve the problem or if it seems the fence not the right one for your dog, please consult with your vet or other fencing experts.