Do Electric Dog Fences Work On Huskies? (Your BEST Options)

Huskies are popular with dog owners worldwide due to the breed’s captivating history and charming features.

However, owners can underestimate Huskies’ determination and worry about a reliable containment method. 

That begs the question, do electric dog fences work on Huskies?

If you’re interested in learning more about different fencing systems and how Huskies interact with them, keep reading!

Do Electric Dog Fences Work On Huskies?

Husky in the snow
Huskies are wonderful dogs that absolutely can be trained to stay inside an invisible fence.

Electric dog fence systems assist a Husky with maintaining boundary zones and preventing them from escaping, but the efficacy depends on the dog’s training and personality.

Electric dog fences can work well with the Husky breed, but overall efficacy will depend on your dog’s behavior, trainability, and motivation levels. 

Types of Electric Dog Fences That Work for Huskies

Countless Husky owners have used electric dog fences for a reliable outside boundary that safely contains their pets.

Huskies are known for their loyal yet stubborn personalities and can be held with multiple fencing methods:

  • In-ground wired invisible fence
  • Wireless invisible fence
  • GPS virtual fence

Invisible fencing requires several weeks of consistent dog training to work. Huskies can be trained to use these fences very well.

If your husky insists on running through an invisible fence even though the collar is set to maximum correction, you may need a wireless fence for stubborn dogs.

In-Ground Wired Invisible Fence for Huskies

An in-ground wired invisible fence is a great option for those who want to have maximum flexibility with their fence.

  • It can be used to reinforce an existing fence to keep the dog inside the yard
  • It can be shaped to fit any size or shape of yard
  • Additional wire can be purchased affordably to cover many acres of property with a single transmitter
  • It can be installed under driveways and across doorways without interrupting the fence

Here are the basics for installing an invisible fence with a buried wire.

  • A trench will be dug around the desired area of boundary 
  • The wire will be buried at the required depth of 1-3 inches
  • The transmitter will be installed
  • The correction collar will be synced to the transmitter and worn by your dog while outside

If your Husky is highly motivated to escape a yard, you may have to trial and error different containment methods until you find one that works well for your pet.

Read More: How Deep is Invisible Fence Buried? Discover the installation process in this complete guide!

Do Wireless Dog Fences Work for Huskies?

 Dog Fences
Your invisible fence (wired or wireless) will still work in the snow! Just test it periodically as the snow gets deeper to make sure the settings still work.

Wireless invisible fence for dogs is another product that countless Husky owners rely on to establish safe and healthy boundary zones.

This option doesn’t require digging and has an easy installation process.

PetSafe’s Wireless Stay and Play Wireless Fence for Stubborn Dogs is a great product that we recommend trying out and is one of the top-rated products available on the market.

Wireless Dog Fence Product Installation:

  • Install the transmitter in your desired area
  • Establish the boundary lines with the computer receiver collar
  • Place the provided boundary flags in the appropriate area
  • Test the collar to ensure a proper connection before allowing your dog to wear it

REMEMBER: Wireless dog fence products don’t work unless you do boundary training with your dog.

The e-collars that come with the fence aren’t the training mechanism.

They simply reinforce the training that you have done with your dog to help it understand and stay inside the boundary.

Check out our guide on how to train your dog with PetSafe Wireless Fence so you know how to do it right.

Do Invisible Fences Work for Huskies?

husky on a leash
When you install an invisible fence you can let your Husky off-leash in the boundary area so it can play.

Invisible dog fencing can work well with keeping a Husky in its owner’s desired safe area.

As we mentioned previously, the efficacy largely depends on the amount of training the dog has received and its personality traits.

These systems cover a smaller range of property but invisible fence expanding is possible with additional transmitters to increase the safe zone’s range.

  • The initial safe area cast by a wireless fence transmitter will be a circle
  • The addition of an extender will increase the play area by about 50%
  • The shape of the extended play area will be similar to a peanut
  • Each additional extender will add an overlapping circular area to the safe zone

You can also pair a few additional dogs to the transmitter, but collars will need to be purchased separately and adjusted to the right invisible fence frequency.

Do GPS Dog Fences Work for Huskies?

GPS dog fences are used and relied on by Husky owners and they work fantastically.

Some Huskies may have a large amount of property to play on, which traditional and wireless electric fences may not be able to cover completely due to the wide property range.

If you live on a large farm or in an area that experiences heavy winters, these products can reliably track your Husky’s location at all times.

  • Some GPS systems ONLY track the dog so you can see where it is
  • GPS trackers may alert you that the dog has left a boundary, but they will not give a correction to the dog
  • GPS fences establish a virtual fence that will correct the dog before it leaves
  • Double-check the model you want to buy to ensure that it has tracking and virtual fencing if you want to use the GPS to keep your dog inside a boundary.

GPS fencing is calibrated with the initial location of the collar as the exact center of the boundary.

Most GPS dog fence options include an app that you can use to set the boundary you want for your dog.

There are 2 drawbacks to GPS virtual fences:

  1. GPS satellite contact can be lost in heavily forested areas or covered areas like concrete tunnels
  2. GPS virtual fences aren’t as precise as in-ground or wireless fences. They’ll get within several feet of the boundary you set, but it will be a give-and-take.

These systems will cover a large property size while also syncing to multiple dogs if needed. 

Read our related article on the Best Dog GPS Tracker options available on the market! These tried and true trackers are definitely worth checking out.

Can You Boundary Train a Husky?

dog in the snow
Dogs love to be able to roam freely. Invisible fencing gives them the freedom to play in a safe area.

Huskies can begin learning about properly maintaining boundaries after they’re 12-26 weeks old, as long as the training is done consistently with their owners or a professional trainer. 

Boundary training sets your Husky up for success and works well when paired with in-ground, wireless, GPS, and traditional fencing methods. 

This allows your Husky to have a good foundation when it comes to respecting safe zone boundaries their owners have set for them!

A professional trainer is not always required to successfully instill boundaries, but if you are not confident in your training abilities, you can always find resources online and in dog training books!

Some electric dog fence installers will offer a professional trainer to assist dogs and their owners with the processes behind boundary training, like the Invisible Fence company.

If you would like to see boundary training in action, check out this great video to see how it works:

How Do I Stop My Husky From Escaping the Fence?

If you need more immediate ways to stop your Husky from escaping their outside safe zone, there are a few options that you may find helpful. 

  • Instilling play times into your Husky’s everyday routine is a great way to tire them out, which can help discourage them from escaping.

If your Husky knows that outside time means a really fun time with their owner, they may not seek ways to escape. 

  • Constantly monitoring your Husky while outside will allow you to catch them in the act and put a stop to that behavior.

You may need to walk your Husky on a leash while outside until an alternative option is available. 

  • Long-line leads are a great option for an owner who has no fencing available and can be hooked up to trees or sturdy in-ground mounting options. 

We hate to have to resort to using leads for dogs because it takes away their freedom, but sometimes it’s the only way to keep the dog safe.

It’s important to ensure the dog can’t get tangled on a lead, so we recommend monitoring the dog at all times if you have to go this route.

Here’s a nice long lead that we love.

Final Thoughts

We love Huskies, and we have confidence that they can be trained to stay inside an invisible fence.

If your dog doesn’t take to boundary training consider taking an in-person obedience training course with your Husky before you resort to leads and other more restrictive barriers.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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