As devoted dog parents we all want to give our dog babies the full benefit of exploration. We want them to feel free and be physically active. However, letting our dogs roam free and unsupervised can be a risk for their safety. They can wander of, get hit by a car or trespass the neighbor’s property and make a mess. Another possibility is to chain our dogs and limit their movements, but that is cruel and not recommended. Therefore, the ideal balance between giving our dogs freedom and keeping them safe is installing a fence. The problem with regular fences is that they are quite expensive and do not benefit the overall external design of every house. So…what would be the ideal solution?
The answer is simple – an invisible wireless dog fence. The wireless dog containment system consists of a transmitter that creates a circular field. The margins of that circular field are the defined boundaries that limit your dog’s movements. Whenever the dog crosses the boundaries of the field it receives an electric stimulation. With wireless fences dog easily learn their boundaries. What is more, wireless fences are extremely easy to install and because of their invisibility, go perfectly with every yard.
The boundaries defined by the transmitter can only be expanded in a circle around the transmitter. Perhaps that is the biggest issue with wireless dog fences – the shape of the moving field cannot be specifically designed and individually shaped. The field is always circular with the transmitter in the center of the circle. Wireless dog fences are ideal for properties that are set back at least 30 feet from the road. The presence of slopes and landscaping can interfere with the transmitter’s signals. In addition wireless fences cannot function properly around metal roofing, aluminum siding and other metal items.Wireless dog fences are the perfect containment system for dog parent that wither cannot or do not want to put regular fences or bury wires underground. In spite of their somewhat limited flexibility, wireless fences are practical and easily portable. Wireless dog fences are becoming more and more popular with every day.
Types of wireless dog fences
There are two different wireless systems:
- Wireless systems with a single transmitter
- Wireless systems with multiple transmitters.
The systems with a single transmitter create a circular containment field with a radius that depends on the strength of the transmitter. The transmitter should always be installed indoors.
The systems with multiple transmitters are designed to create overlapping containment zones. They enable dogs to move from one zone to another without being corrected. In these, systems, the transmitters also need to be installed indoors.
When choosing the right wireless dog fence, pay attention to several important factors:
- Lightning protection – since the system is powered by your AC current, it is easily vulnerable to power surges. The ideal wireless fence system should have proper lightning protection to keep both the dog and the system itself safe and sound.
- Battery back-up – if the electrical power fails, the system must feature a back-up power source to keep it operational. The battery back-up is a good precaution tool.
- Features of the collar – the quality of the collar is as important as the fence itself. The best collars should feature adjustable sizes and adjustable strength of the shock. It is also important that they are waterproof.
- Price – wireless fences come in different prices, ranging from $100 to $500. Make a good research before purchasing the wireless fence system.
Training your dog
The containment system will be effective only if you train your dog properly. Since the fence is invisible, without training your dog may feel confused and refuse to move when outdoors. Wireless fence systems are recommended for dogs older than 6 months of age and heavier than 10 pounds.
To properly train your dog, let it wear the collar for a week without activating the system. The collar should be snug but comfortable. It is not advisable to have your dog wearing the collar for more than 12 hours. Therefore only use the collar when the dog is outdoors. Then, you should set flags to mark the boundaries of the perimeter and leave those flags for 2-4 weeks. After that you can activate the system but walk your dog on a leash as you cross the perimeter. When you cross the perimeter command your dog to ‘’Stay’’ and ‘’Sit’’. Keep practicing and your dog will learn to respect its boundaries.