As pet owners, we take the safety and well being of our dogs seriously. We want to provide them with the freedom that they need and at the same time we want to keep them in the yard and away from the road or the neighbor's backyard. Using a wireless dog fence is a reasonable option, but there are others as well. Here are a few considerations to help you make your decision.
As advances are made in electronics, the containment options available to pet owners have improved considering. There are now many possibilities worth considering, from electronic pet doors to a wireless dog fence. Nowadays, a physical fence is no longer needed to keep your dog in your yard.
In the past the most popular dog fence was the electric dog fence. This consists of a wire that is buried in the ground around the perimeter of your property with a small amount of electric current running through it. A shock device is then attached to the dog's collar so that when he attempts to cross over the wire he receives a shock and learners to stay inside the electric fence.
There has been some concern that such electrically charged wings make pets more aggressive and many dog owners shy away from using them. However, they are easier to install and less expensive than a physical fence. The wireless dog fence is another option that has been designed to eliminate some of the problems of the electric fence.
The wireless dog fence is the simplest means of containing a pet and is very simple to use. A transmitter is plugged in an outlet in the house that transmits a 17.5 kHz radio signal in a circle around the house. A light weight receiver collar is placed on the dog that picks up the signal. The dog can move freely about within the circle, but when it approaches the edge a warning beep sounds. If he does not retreat he will receive a static sound that will startle him but not hurt him.
This type of containment system works most effectively when combined with training. You can do so by placing visible flags around the boundary to help mark the edge of the circle. The dog easily learns to stay within the circle. One of the biggest advantages of this system is that it is portable. It can be used anywhere it is needed, inside or out.
If, for example, there is an area of the house that you would like to make off limits to your dog, use the wireless dog fence to teach him where he can and can not go. Or, if you enjoy taking your dog camping with you, bring it along with you and you will not have to keep your dog on a tether. The collar that the dog wears is much smaller and lighter than the one required by an electric fence.
The wireless dog fence is the easiest of all containment systems to install and is less expensive than most. It does require a little extra time spent training the dog, but this can be an enjoyable project that could actually help you bond with your pet.