What to Do When Your Dog Runs Through an Electric Fence

Let’s face it. It can happen. Your dog ran through your electric dog fence.

Is it the dog? Is it the system?

Let’s discuss why some dog owners experience their dog running through their electric dog fence. We’ll offer some likely reasons why this happens and what you can do to prevent it.

What’s the Problem?

Wired pet fences are training tools. They create an invisible boundary around your property to keep your pet contained. So, when something malfunctions, this invisible boundary may no longer keep your dog or cat inside.

Here are some things you can do to see if your system is working:

  • Check if your boundary width is set to the optimal distance.
  • Test batteries in the collar.
  • Test the fence to see if collar is working when passing over fence.
  • Turn up the transmitter dial.
  • If the collar works, make sure your dog is groomed well so that it’s closer to the skin.
  • Make sure everything is plugged in and functioning.

If your confident your system is working properly, it’s time to explore other possible issues, such as behavior.

Stubborn Pups

Some dogs are easily startled or excitable. According to the VCA, “If the dog sees something he really wants to chase or is frightened by thunder or something inside the yard, he may breach the electric fence ignoring the electric stimulus. Then the dog is essentially “locked out” of his yard unless he is willing to be shocked upon re-entry.”

Some dogs struggle with what’s called barrier frustration. This is what happens when they see other dogs or animals outside of the electric fence. If your dog is very social and get very excited in anticipation of playing with other dogs, this can cause them to have barrier frustration. Then, all training can go out the door as they zoom out of the boundary.

This can be a problem for dog owners, but not impossible to overcome. You can retrain your dog to work within the boundaries you’ve set for them.

Retraining Dogs

Corrections from the collar alone is not always enough to keep a dog within the desired boundaries. Retraining for the most stubborn dogs is sometimes necessary.

To train your dog to stay inside an invisible pet fence, you need to remind them where the barriers are. We suggest walking the perimeter (marked with flags) with your dog to remind them. At eXtreme Dog Fence, we provide all our electric fence customers with FREE comprehensive training on our website.

We break training down into 4 easy steps:

  1. Introduction
  2. Correction
  3. Testing
  4. Off Leash

We even answer common questions such as: “My dog is completely ignoring the correction. Should the correction level be turned up?” and “My dog learned to not cross the boundary, but now he stays very far away from it. How can I help my dog be more comfortable of the entire yard?”

At eXtreme Dog Fence, we understand your pet’s safety and happiness are priorities. Our experienced staff will work with you to get your fence working to your expectations.

Reach Out to the Manufacturer

Customer service is KING when it comes to troubleshooting your electric dog fence. When you are struggling with training or the actual technical aspects of your pet fence system, the manufacturer should be there to help.

Therefore, we pride ourselves on our customer service. Our team is available 7 days a week to answer your questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us.


6 Replies to “What to Do When Your Dog Runs Through an Electric Fence”

  1. My dog is a golden retriever he respected the fence for quite some time but now it doesn’t seem to phase him at all he just runs right through it. I think I have it turned all the way up… please help. I purcahsed the system from you guys.

    1. Hi Greg! We will be more than happy to help you through these issues. We will need to program your transmitter to the proper correction level and/or possibly upgrade your collar.
      Please give our office a call so that we may better assist you with troubleshooting. You can reach us at (800) 305.6116 M-F 8:30am-7pm and Sat. and Sun 9am-5pm.

  2. My dog knows the boundary, but something exciting enough will get him to run. It’s like he doesn’t even notice the correction at all he moves so fast (also we don’t hear a beep or anything). Is it possible he goes so fast that he doesn’t even get a shock? He gets shocked on re-entry and lets out a loud yelp…. so we know it’s on and working. Any suggestions?

    1. Hello Katy, thanks for reaching out to us. Sorry to hear that your dog is running though the fence. To answer your question, no your dog can’t run so fast that they don’t receive the correction. With that being said, we need to make sure of a few things. If your boundary width is not set high enough, your dog isn’t likely to get stopped before the wire. Another thing we need to make sure of is that you haven’t tried to program your active (red) collar to a level 8. Level 8 is reserved for the hyper collar, which is all blue. If you try and program the red collar to a level 8, it will not work properly. We will be happy to help you get your fence up and running successfully if you would please just give us a call. You can reach us at 800-305-6116. Hope to speak with you soon!

  3. I have a different brand of fence. Extreme is coming up on the list as a top fence. I have two German Rottweiler 135Lbs each. One has three stubborn transmitters on his collar and he continues to go through the fence. I need to know if Extreme will contain this guy. Not sure why he is willing to get shocked coming and going. Is it possible due to his height or is this system just not good enough?

    1. Hello Stacey. Thanks for reaching out to us. We do have a stubborn dog collar for our eXtreme Dog Fence. However, I don’t want to give you a false promise that our stubborn dog collar is going to be any stronger than the collar that you currently have. Although we have had success with it, I have never personally felt each of the collars to tell you which one is stronger. Just want to be 100% honest. (:

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