Wireless Fences For Dogs
Understanding the Basics of Electronic Wireless
Fencing For Dogs
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Why should you
consider a wireless fence to keep your dog in your yard? There are
numerous reasons why an electronic wireless fence for dogs may be
your best option.
You may not want
to incur the expense of building a wooden fence to enclose your yard
so that you dog can run around safely outside. You could be renting
a house and not have permission to install a traditional fence. Or
you like to have your property open and unfenced, but still want a
dog. Or you don't want to have to bury any wires.
your reasoning, there is an excellent alternative to traditional
fencing by installing electronic wireless fencing for dogs. The cost to
do this is significantly less than installing a physical fence.
Below we discuss the the pros and cons of wireless fencing for dogs so you can decide
what’s best for you and your dog.
Wireless Fencing For Dogs Explained
A wireless dog
fence consists of an electronic wireless fence base unit which emits
a radio wave signal in a circular pattern (usually adjustable to about 90 - 200
feet from the base unit). Your dog wears a special receiver collar
that emits a warning beep if he goes briefly beyond the boundary,
and a correction shock if he remains beyond the boundary for more
than a few moments.
advantage of using a wireless system is that the system can be set
up with minimal effort - just plug and play. This being said, the
effectiveness of a wireless fence for dogs depends on the training
you do with the dog so that he understands the "rules of the game"
with the wireless fence.
Other than tying
your dog to a tree or a stake, wireless dog fencing is the least
expensive fence you can install. Your options for wireless dog
fencing include the PetSafe IF-30 Pet Containment Wireless Fence and
the Perimeter Technologies WiFi Fence. Pricing for these units range
from around $250 up to $400. Taking the time to shop around on the
internet will help you locate the best price.
Issues to Understand About Wireless Fences For Dogs
While wireless dog
fencing is less expensive than other dog fencing options, it does
have some issues you need to consider. The radio wave signal from
the wireless transmitter have trouble going through metal siding,
metal roofs, some walls, and trees. This creates dead zones where
you do not have coverage for your dog.
Your coverage areas
are dictated by the coverage area of the wireless unit. If you have
a larger property that you want to make available to your dog, you
may need to purchase two or more wireless base stations in order to
overlap and therefore cover the greater area. This of course adds to
your overall cost.
transmitting unit does need to positioned in the center of the area
you want the signal to reach, and the unit does need to be plugged
in and covered from the elements.
In addition, you do
not have the ability to create a customized boundary for your
wireless fence. You have to work within the boundary signal
adjustment range set by the transmitting unit. If you need a
customized boundary, such as a rectangular area instead of an open
area, then an in ground dog fencing option may be the better way to
A quirk that comes
along with wireless fencing is the shifting of the wireless signal.
The boundary of the wireless signal can and does more up to five
feet per second. This means that the border is never the same,
potentially causing your dog to get the warning correction beyond
the normal boundary and and to continue to get the correction for a
few seconds once he has returned back inside the boundary.
Wireless dog fencing
systems are portable. This means that you can take it with you to a
campsite, another home, or anywhere else you may bring your dog. Of
course, you'll need to train your dog at the new location as to the
adjustment limits he can roam.
Getting a wireless
fence for your dog may be the best way to go. Now that you know the
pros and cons of wireless fencing for dogs, you can make an informed
decision and get the right system for your little buddy!