Most dog owners dream of having their dogs run around and exercise without having to worry about them running away, a wireless dog fence does just that…
These innovative products, also called, invisible fences, are easy to set up and affordable but to avoid disappointments, keep in mind your specific needs prior to purchasing one.
An invisible dog fence is an ideal way to keep your dogs contained whilst allowing them to roam freely and play safely. However, since there are different options, you need to be cautious when looking to invest in one, you should also check with your pet insurance company.
There are important things you should consider before buying a wireless fence, including:
You need to determine perimeter for your pup to play and roam safely. After buying a wireless fence, you don’t need to do any work besides plugging the transmitter and syncing it with the collar.
The transmitter usually emits a barrier out at the range you have chosen. Therefore, it is important to know the range of the transmitter to determine the perimeter of the wireless fence.
In case the round area fence is not ideal for your property, you should consider choosing a hybrid wireless fence. These types of fences are labor-intensive because you will have to bury the wire to mark the boundaries for your dog.
With this kind of a fence, it is possible to keep your dog in the front yard or backyard but keep him away from the side yard. However, to achieve this, you will have to bury and dig every barrier he has.
Repelling Or Containing
Before you buy a wireless dog fence, you need to determine the purpose i.e. containing or repelling your dog.
Containment refers to keeping the dog in your yard and on your property while repelling is done to protect your property.
When repelling your dog from certain areas, you can use certain transmitters to emit an area of effect that’s entirely off-limits. This means that the deterrent will be set off in case your dog tries to access that area or part of your property.
If you are looking to customize certain areas for your dog to roam, you will need buried wire. To avoid any inconveniences, you need to measure the area you want to contain your dog before buying.
However, if you bought without measuring and the buried wire is not enough, you don’t have to worry because you can add it in the future. It is important to seek professional advice or opinion before buying to make the right choices.
Considering the range is important because it helps you determine the right safe zones and where to place your transmitter.
For instance, for wireless dog fences, the transmitter covers a circular zone. Therefore, if your property has corners, they might not be covered by the circle and you may have to look for a solution.
On the other hand, if you are using a buried fence, you will have to determine all the safe zones and do some calculations to include all the areas.
Training And Containment Combination
A good wireless fence should not only contain your dog but also train him. This will help your dog understand the safe zones easily because you are training him.
For example, you can buy a behavior e-collar that corresponds with your containment transmitter. Therefore, you will have just one collar for your fence and your handheld remote. As a result, you can use the remote to discourage bad behaviors manually.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a wireless dog fence and how does it work?
Also known as invisible fences, wireless fences uses a constant radio signal to create a safe zone for your dog. Unlike traditional physical fences which limit the movement of your dog by either shocking or blocking him, a wireless fence uses electric shock to discourage the dog from going out of the safe zone.
The discouragements used can vary from one wireless fence to another and they include a vibration, a beep, a gentle static shock or a combination of the three. You can choose the type of discouragement to use while buying (buy a specific collar type) or using a variable mode.
What is the difference between a wireless dog fence and a hybrid/semi-wireless dog fence?
A wireless dog fence uses a transmitter to define boundaries. These boundaries expand around the transmitter in a circle and as the property owner, you cannot define the specific limits or change the shape of these boundaries.
On the other hand, you will have to bury a wire in the ground to mark the safe zone in a hybrid dog fence. With this type of a wireless fence, you can define the limits of the boundaries and even change their shape because these boundaries are customizable.
Are wireless dog fences effective?
Wireless dog fences are effective although their effectiveness can be determined by several factors that include the following:
- For these fences to work well, the property should be at least 30 feet from the road.
- The property should have minimal slope and landscaping.
- Wireless fences work best if there are no interferences. For example, the fences do not work well around metals like aluminum siding or metal roofing.
However, if you carefully set up the boundaries, maintain wires in hybrid fences and replace batteries in collars and units, wireless dog fences can be effective. Remember, safe zones should not be extended in unsafe areas like roads or to your neighbors for the safety of your dog.
Are wireless dog fences safe?
Wireless dog fences are safe especially if you follow the right installation procedures. It is also important to read the instructions manual to understand how they work, how you are supposed to handle your dog and what to do in case of an accident among other things.
A wireless dog fence will improve the safety of your dog because he will be contained in or repelled from certain areas. However, before you install a wireless dog fence, you need to make sure that your dog is trained to help him respond to the stimulus.
At times, you might have a stubborn dog that will go to unsafe zones all the times. Occasionally, you might find out that your dog was stuck in a panic after going into a safe zone. This is one of the reasons why many collars have an auto—shut feature after a long continuous shock. It is advisable to have your dog trained and then keep an eye on him for a few days (after installing the wireless fence) to ensure he knows how to respond to the discouragement.