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Are dog fences lawful and are they humane? The answer is yes, Dog Fences are legal, safe and humane. They were and are excluded from the e-collar ban as the government recognised that these fences keep pets safe. Below are the facts as to why thousands of dog and cat owners use and can continue to use containment fences to keep their treasured pets safe.

Welcome to our exploration of the legal and humane aspects surrounding dog fences, specifically addressing their exclusion from the e-collar ban. Dog fences play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of both dogs and cats. In this article, we’ll delve into the reasons why dog fences are legal, humane, and distinct from the e-collar ban.

Legal Considerations

Government announcement regarding the amendment to the Animal Welfare Act

In August 2018 DEFRA announced that containment fences would be exempt from any e-collar ban BUT the regulations would be changed to include the following points:-

  1. Professional Installation: invisible fencing containment systems should be installed and set up by professionals.
  2. Training: appropriate training should be provided.

Humane Considerations:

  1. Behavioral Training: Dog fences are designed to discourage pets from crossing designated boundaries through gentle and consistent training. This method helps in shaping the pet’s behavior without causing harm, promoting a positive and humane approach to containment.
  2. Safety for Pets : Traditional physical fences or chains and gates can pose risks to pets and are often not sufficient to contain dogs and cats . Containment fences eliminate this by creating a virtual boundary that can cover all boundaries, including open areas and driveways. This promotes the overall safety and well-being of the pet by giving them freedom to demonstrate natural behaviours.
  3. Customisable Impulse Levels: Modern fence systems come equipped with customizable impulse levels, ensuring that the correction applied is appropriate for the individual pet. This adaptability allows pet owners to tailor the training experience to their pet’s specific needs, emphasizing a humane approach to containment.
  4. Prevents accidents and loss: Escaping dogs can cause damage to neighbouring livestock, get injured or worse will run over or shot. Over 50% of cats under 5 die on the UK’s roads each year and are partly responsible for the dramatic loss of song birds and small mammals  Keeping pets safe at home prevents accidents, fines and unnecessary suffering.

Exclusion from E-collar Bans:

  1. Distinct Functionality: Dog fences and e-collars serve different purposes. Whilst e-collars are primarily used for remote training and behaviour modification via a handset operated by the owners or trainer; dog fences focus on creating a contained area for pets which is controlled by the pet and not the owner or trainer. Recognizing this distinction was crucial when crafting legislation and regulations related to pet containment. The pet also receives a warning “beep” before entering the avoidance zone and through visual and audible training quickly learns the point of entry to the zone.
  2. Community Support: Dog fences have gained widespread acceptance and support from communities, vets, and pet behaviour experts. This broad consensus highlights the effectiveness and human nature of these containment systems, contributing to their exclusion from e-collar ban.


In conclusion, dog fences are legally sound, humane, and rightfully excluded from e-collar ban due to their distinct functionality and positive impact on pet safety and behaviour.