There can be a lot of questions that come to mind when you first start thinking about getting an invisible pet containment system. That’s why we put together the Dog Fence Knowledge Base! If you have questions, chances are we’ll have them answered below. If we don’t have the answer, contact us and we’ll do our best to help you out!
What are wireless dog fences?
Wireless dog fences are invisible fences that keep your dog contained within a circular boundary. These items are the best fit for dog owners who want a way of keeping their pet contained and safe within a certain area, but may not want to pay the large amounts of money it takes to erect a physical fence. These owners may often find their dogs – masters of escape that they are – will find a way out of the fenced area, by going either over or under.
By using a combination of thorough training – including rewards and play – with the behavioral correction delivered by the transmitter, owners can train their dogs to stay within a certain boundary. This saves having to spend large amounts of money on unsightly fences that might ruin the view, or are aesthetically unpleasing.
How do invisible pet containment systems work?
Wireless fences are very simple, and use only a couple parts to work. Generally, traditional invisible electric fences use three parts:
- Receiver on the dog’s collar, and
- Length of underground wire to mark out the perimeter of the boundary
Completely wireless containment systems however, like the ones we review and test on this site, use just a transmitter and a receiver.
The transmitter is hooked up to a power point in a dry, protected area. Some users place the transmitter in their garage, others in their kitchen. It really comes down to your personal preference. The transmitter works by sending a signal outwards. Wireless containment units can only transmit in a circle. Anywhere within where the signal is broadcasting is a safe zone for your dog.
As your dog approaches the end of the safe zone, the transmitter signal will let the collar unit know that the dog is approaching the edge of the boundary. A warning tone will start to sound on the collar. At this point, your dog can turn back to avoid correction. This is exactly the sort of response you will begin to get once you have trained your dog to associate the boundary with the beep and correction. If your dog continues past the boundary, then the collar will administer a static correction.
The level of static correction can be changed either by changing the setting on the collar, or, on some units like the Havahart Wireless, the setting can be changed on the transmitter. Correction can range between a tone-only beep for training, to a slightly sharper static shock. It’s important for pet owners to know that the wireless dog fences are 100% safe for your pet.
Before using the unit, a lot of pet owners test the correction on themselves, it has never being claimed the static charge is too intense. Instead, it’s usually compared to the static shock received when you rub your feet across the carpet and touch something metal. It’s a surprise, but not painful or unpleasant.
How do I make the decision to buy and effectively use a wireless fence?
Wireless dog fences are made to be 100% safe for your pet. However, there are still some basic rules you should follow when using them. A lot of containment units have weight restrictions. Generally, dogs over either 5 or 8 pounds are safe to use the system, but you should always check.
You should also take the temperament of your dog into consideration when evaluating containment systems. Most dogs are fine with the static correction, and only experience it once or twice before connecting it with the boundary and settling into exploring their new safe area. However, some dogs have quite nervous dispositions and can respond negatively to correction. Most of the time, this can also be fixed by giving your pet lots of attention and praise during training when they do something right, but it’s still something that should be considered by dog owners.
Behavior and Training
A containment unit is designed to keep your dog safe, and improve their behavior, not to punish them. Pet owners want the best for their pets, and a wireless fence is designed to keep dogs safe from outside threats like busy roads. Wireless fences should always be used alongside proper, thorough training so your dog will understand where the boundaries are. Visual cues are also a good idea, to give the dog something to associate with the boundary, the beeping, and the correction. You’ll find directions for training with a containment unit are generally included with the product manual, but training boils down to some basic directions.
With the collar on, your dog should be led to the boundary up to where the warning beep on the collar sounds. When this happens, you should then point your dog in the direction of the safe zone. In general, the dog will be pointed in the direction of home. Typically, dogs make the connection between the warning tone and the need to retreat towards the house quite quickly.
Dogs often only need to be corrected a couple times before they understand where the boundaries are. When dogs ‘do the right thing’ or respect the boundary, they should be praised and rewarded. Also, it’s important to ensure dogs create a positive, healthy, relationship with the system, not one of anxiety. That’s why when ending training, it’s important for owners to play with their dog, so the experience becomes a positive one.
Wireless dog fences are perfect for pet owners who have adventurous dogs that they want to keep safe and within a boundary, but they don’t want to spend a small fortune setting up a physical fence. They might also not want a fence up for aesthetic reasons, since fences can ruin the look of houses and gardens. Wireless fences also mean dogs don’t have to be constantly tied up to keep them safe. They are allowed to roam and enjoy their area, as well as burning off excess energy. Wireless dog fences are an excellent investment for owners of all kinds. Have a look around here and you’ll find one that fits you perfectly.