Points to remember when choosing a wireless dog fence system
When you’re looking for the best wireless dog fence, here are a few things that you need to focus on.
Consult a vet
As stated previously, dogs that attempt to cross the boundary even after the alert beep is activated receive a mild electric shock. Although the static correction is completely harmless you’re advised not to take any chances. Consult a vet to know the correct static correction level for your pet. Based on the dog’s size, breed, health condition and temperature, the ideal electric shock level will change. Make sure there are no barriers between the dog’s neck and the receiver (collar).
The shape of the area
Another important point is the shape of the area you want the wireless fence to cover. The wireless dog fence system is best suited for circular or slightly spiral areas. Dog owners with irregular gardens will have some trouble with the wireless system. The in-ground system might be a better choice for irregular boundaries.
Search and compare
All wireless dog fence systems are not equal. Compare the price, maximum radius (distance), minimum and maximum dog weight, the number of training flags, and various other features of different brands and models before choosing the product that is best suited to your needs.
How to install the wireless dog fence system?
The basic installation technique doesn’t change much for different brands and models. Remember to read the user manual/guide carefully before installing the wireless dog fence system. Here is a simple installation technique.
Set up the transmitter
The spot where the transmitter is set up is the center of the circle of influence. The majority of dog owners install the transmitter on the outside wall of the house, shed, or garage. To power the transmitter you need a power outlet nearby. Ensure the gadget stays dry all the time. There needs to exist a clear line of sight between the transmitter and the receiver. Obstacles such as metal bins, trees, etc. could interfere with the signal; hence try to keep the yard clean and obstacle free.
Mark the boundary
The beep sound and static correction aren’t the only alert mechanisms that signal the dog to stop forward movement. The flags are planted around the circumference of the circle to act as visual reminders for the dog to stop.
To mark the boundary with flags, program the distance from the transmitter, and walk away from the transmitter with the receiver (collar) in your hand. As you get closer to the outer limits of the invisible circle, the beep will get louder. Use this exercise to mark the outer layer of the circle with flags.
Set the static correction level
The majority of the wireless dog fence models have 5 different static correction levels. Keep in mind that the objective here is not to hurt the dog, but to warn it. So, don’t choose the correction level blindly. Take the help of a vet for this purpose. Ideally, level 1 and 2 elicits a response from a small dog; level 3 is a good choice for medium and level 4 and 5 for large size dogs.
Wireless dog fence vs. Underground dog fence
Using underground wired fence means you have to dig a trench to lay the wires. The process is labor intensive and the current set up of the yard gets disturbed. The wireless dog fence system is quick and easy to install.
The shape of the underground fence can mimic the perimeter of the property. This means the underground fence can be any shape – rectangular, square, circle, or even irregular. On the other hand, the boundary of a wireless system is either circular or spiral in shape.
Dog owners have to deal with short circuits in wired underground fences. In contrast, the advantage of a wireless system is that you install, train, and forget about it. It’s that easy.
The underground fence is the best option for large backyards. It works well for 2 as well as 25 acres. The wireless fence has a much shorter range.
Dog owners prefer the wireless dog fence system as it gives the dog the much-needed freedom and at the same time keeps it away from harm. For the dog owners, its affordability and portability is a huge plus. Also, compared to the other dog fences, the wireless system is very easy to install.
If you’re a dog owner we would like to hear your thoughts on the wireless dog fence system.