Dog Electric Fence
Learn The Different Options Available For Electronic Pet Fences
you choose to forgo the traditional wooden or chain link fence and
opt for a dog electric fence, you essentially two choices -
wireless dog fences and in ground electric dog fences.
fences are the easiest of the electronic pet fences to install.
They have an electronic base unit that emits radio waves up to
certain range. All you have to is attach the receiver collar on your
dog, plug in the transmitter, train your dog to understand the
"rules" of the fence border, and you're good to go.
An in ground
dog electric fence or a buried dog fence uses a buried copper
wire that is connected to a radio transmitter base station that
sends radio waves through the buried wire to provide a barrier, or
fence, that your dog will not want to cross. The dog wears a collar
that picks up the radio waves and at first beeps, then shocks the
dog with a harmless shock to prevent him from crossing the perimeter
of the wire.
on what type of dog fence is right for you depends on 1) the
size and layout of the area you are enclosing, 2) how permanent you
want your fence to be, and 3) you much you want to invest in the dog
fence. Read on and we'll cover the advantages and disadvantages of
each time of electronic per fence.
Wireless Dog Electric Fence Details
This type of
fence works best for open yards or acreage where you do not have any
obstacles in the way. With a wireless dog electric fence, you have a
wireless transmitter base that emits radio waves in a circular
pattern (these are adjustable based on your need, usually 90 feet to
200 feet, based on the unit purchased). The dog wears a special
collar with a small radio wave receiver that picks up the signal
from the base station.
When the dog
crosses the boundary line sent by the radio wave, a warning beep is
emitted to the dog. If the dog continues to proceed through the end
of the radio wave boundary, a small harmless corrective shock is
given to the dog from the collar. Because the wireless fence has so
few components, there are rarely any maintenance or repair issues.
What makes a
wireless dog fence effective is the training you give you dog to
understand the fence boundaries plus the wireless fence itself. Both
the training and the fence are vital to having a workable pet
advantages of a wireless dog is portability and ease of
installation. If you are renting, don't have permission to install a
fixed fence structure, or don't want to have an unsightly fence on
your property, then you should consider a wireless system. You can
also take the wireless dog fence with you to the campground or to
another property if you desire, by simply moving the base unit.
for dogs cost between $250 - $400 and can found at a variety of
websites on the internet. Popular brands to consider include the
PetSafe IF-30 Pet Containment Wireless Fence and the Perimeter
Dog Fence. As with most things purchased on the internet, you'll
want to shop several sites to get the best price.
several issues to be aware of with a wireless fence. One of the main
issues is the range of the wireless signal. If you have a larger
yard that you want your dog to roam in, you'll need to purchase 2 or
more units and overlap their signals. Since the base unit needs to
be covered, plugged in, and out of the elements, this may present a
problem for your yard's configuration.
Since the wireless signal is sent
out in a circle, you don't have maximum ability to customize the
wireless fence to fit the shape of your property.
signal boundary can fluctuate up to five feet every few seconds.
When this happens, your dog will get the warning correction beyond
the normal signal boundary and may get the correction shock for a
few seconds once he returns back into the perimeter.
signal sometimes does not go thorough metal siding, metal roofing,
some walls, and trees. If you have these obstacles in the range of
the wireless signal, be ware that you will have dead spots in your
wireless fencing. The wireless dog fence truly is best for open
yards or fields with minimal obstacles.
In Ground Electronic Dog Fence Details
contrast to wireless fences, in ground, or buried, electronic dog
fences can be customized to fit your particular property. You don't
have to worry about any obstructions getting in the way of the
In ground electronic
dog fences do require more resources to install them. You will have
to either hire an installer to do this for you or bury the copper
wire under the ground around the perimeter of the area you want to
fence in for your dog. This additional cost and permanent feature of
the system needs to be factored in when making a decision as to what
type of electronic dog fence is best for your situation.
In ground electronic
fences cost anywhere from $175 to $450 depending on the features you
are looking for. This price does not include installation. Popular
brands for electronic pet fences include Innotek, Perimeter
Technologies Dog Fences, and Invisible Fence Dog Fences.
maintenance issues related to in ground dog fencing. If your wire
gets crimped or cut, you will have a dead zone of no coverage.
You'll need to be able to self diagnose where the problem is and
repair it or have a hired professional come out to repair the fence.
This of course adds more time and cost for you than if you had a
wireless dog fence.
The training you
give to your dog after installing the electronic pet fence is almost
as important as the fence itself. You'll wan to follow through on
the instructions provided by your fencing option so that your dog
understands the "rules" of the fence.
Good luck with your
electronic dog fencing choices!