Researching Dog Fence Options?
There are many choices in dog fences today and while the number one priority is to keep your dog safe, it’s important to understand the choices available in order to select the option that best fits you and your dog’s needs. Fence types range from structural/traditional fencing, in-ground electric wired fencing, above ground electric fencing or wireless fencing.
So, which dog fence option is right for you? We’ll highlight a few of the different options to help you decide.
Traditional fencing comes in a variety of forms: pressure treated lumber, vinyl, wrought iron or chain link to name a few. These fences provide dogs with a clear boundary, but whether or not dogs accept the boundary depends upon their temperament. A physical fence can provide peace of mind when containing a pet; however, dogs can dig under chain link, mesh and wooden fences, or they force their way through gaps in the fence. They may even jump over the fence. Agile dogs are quite capable of clearing six- to eight-foot fences.
Traditional fencing can have a substantial upfront investment, depending upon the material and coverage needs, plus requires regular maintenance for upkeep If you opt for a physical fence, remember many neighborhoods and municipalities have set rules on the type of fence you can build and its dimensions. Before installing any physical barrier, make sure you fully understand all local and neighborhood ordinances.
Above Ground Wired Fences
An above-ground wired fencing, also known as electric dog fences. uses a wire to create a boundary on your property. There are different types of wired fencing that either requires a receiver collar that communicates with a controller or the wire alone conditions your dog to avoid going out of the boundary.
This wired fencing allows for a customized trigger zone helps train your dog to stay within the boundaries. Should your dog reach the warning zone, the edge of the boundary, he will be corrected either through a tone or static correction by way of the receiver collar the dog is wearing or from the wire itself. Once the dog retreats back in to the safe zone, the correct will stop. Training your dog is essential when using electric wired dog fences.
In Ground Wired Fences
An in-ground wired fencing, also known as electric dog fences or underground fences, contains a wire that you bury into your own shape, creating a closed loop. Begin digging a trench where the fence boundary should be on the property. Insert the boundary wire into the ground. If there is a need to include part of a sidewalk or driveway, cut through these obstacles in order to bury the wire. Sealant can then be used to cover the wire. Once the wire is buried, reconnect the wire to the transmitter in the home. Basic maintenance will need to occur if there is a break in the wire or the wire becomes exposed.
This invisible wired fencing allows the dog to stay safely inside the guarded boundaries. The system includes a transmitter, the base which is kept inside the home or garage, and a special dog collar. With a trigger zone that is customizable by you, coupled with the intelligent electronics, helps train your dog to stay within the boundaries. Should your dog reach the warning zone, the edge of the boundary, he will be corrected either through a tone or static correction by way of the receiver collar the dog is wearing. This field can be anywhere from 2 feet to 24 feet wide. When the dog retreats back in to the safe zone, the tone will stop. If he crosses the boundary, the dog will receive a correction, which is preset by you depending on your dog’s temperament. Training your dog is essential when using underground wired dog fences.
Wireless Dog Fences
These fences provide an alternative solution to an actual, physical fence. They create a safe-zone, with a 2’-12’ trigger zone width that allows your dog to run freely inside the perimeter, while keeping him from straying outside the guarded boundaries. They are easy to install and require no digging trenches to bury wires. Wireless fences can be found in two forms. One that forms a radial boundary around your property and one that can be customized to the fence boundary desired. A wireless dog fence works by transmitting a radio signal to the desired fence boundary that has been set from the base station.
The system includes a controller, the base which is kept inside the home, and a special dog collar, that contains a receiver which receives the signal from the controller, and effectively communicates between each other. This 2-way communication uses the signals to track the real-time location of your dog at a distance you predetermine. This becomes your dog’s playground, which allows him to roam freely and safely within these boundaries. The system has a trigger zone that will correct the dog by way of the collar. This correction will take place when the dog crosses into the trigger zone with a tone or static correction based on the setting that has been established. This will encourage the dog to move back into the roaming area or safe area. It is important to choose the right range for the trigger zone based on the temperament of your dog.
Wireless Dog Fences do have limitations in certain environments. For example, Wireless Dog Fences do not work with metal buildings or aluminum siding. Other obstacles that can affect the performance are extensive landscaping or if the home sits on a densely wooded lot. In these cases a wired electric fence might be the best option. Training your dog is essential when using wireless dog fences.
Understanding these different fencing types, will help identify the option that works best for you and your dog.