But first, what is an invisible dog fence?
The term “invisible dog fence” has no longer been an unfamiliar term to a majority of dog owners. An invisible dog fence works just like any other type of dog fences, with the purpose of containing the dog within a designated area. However, the invisible dog fence has more advanced technology in a way that no physical fence is needed or even present. This is why the system is called “invisible”.
In some areas, there are strict regulations on the materials and sizes of physical fences if you want to build one. Thus, it is sometimes difficult to build a physical fence, while bearing the risk of breaking the law. With the invisible dog fence, dog owners never have to worry about such regulations. While there are various ways to set up and customize the system, the basic principle is that there is one transmitter device, and one receiver device. The receiver is usually a training collar worn by the dog. The transmitter is installed at the border, so that whenever the dog comes close to the line, the transmitter will start to release signals to the collar, and then the collar will release another kind of signal to the dog. The collar will buzz a sound or transmit a mild shock enough to surprise the dog and prevent it from crossing the border.
Wired versus Wireless
With a wired system, a wire antenna will be used to mark the borders. It will be buried underground in your yard. This is not only for convenience purposes but also for aesthetic purposes. A transmitter will be linked to this antenna, so whenever the dog comes close to the border and is about to cross it, the transmitter will do its job in releasing the signals to the collar.
On the other hand, a wireless system does not need any wired antenna. In fact, the transmitter creates a circular field and works as a hub. Once the dog goes out of the boundary, he would receive a stimulation triggered by the collar.
So now we have known the differences between wired and wireless system, how should we pick? Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. For the wired system, it is more flexible. The shape and the size of your yard do not matter at all. The wired system allows you to create your own borderline in whichever way you want, and there is no limitation in that. Thus, it is a great choice for those who have huge yard areas. The only disadvantage of the wired system is that it is more difficult to set up. As you may have figured that out, burying a wire antenna around your yard takes time to complete, let alone the set-up process. On the contrary, a wireless system is easier to install. Since the transmitter creates a circular field on its own, dog owners only need to install the transmitter by choose the most beneficial location to place it. The installation procedure for wireless systems are simple and pretty fool-proof. However, the circular field makes it less adaptable to your yard. For example, you may want to reduce the circle to avoid the front street, but doing so also means reducing the area that your dog can go in the backyard. Thus, while it sounds convenient and simple, it is not the ultimate option for uncommonly shaped yard.
In short, wired systems work best for outdoor yards, while wireless systems are ideal for indoor uses. Both systems function similarly, so it really depends on your purpose and preference to make a decision.
You can look at the following supporting features as a criterion when considering your options: lightning protection and battery back-up.
Because these systems are run by electricity, and they are most likely to be placed outdoor, lightning protection is crucial. In case of heavy rain and lightning, lightning protection will help to protect the dog and your system.
A back-up battery is also a great option to consider. In case the power for your system has problems, a back-up battery is an alternative to provide power and prevent your system from falling apart.
In summary, choose an invisible dog fence is not difficult at all. Most of the systems function similarly and are competitive in price. The most important thing that you should keep in mind is how you want to set up the system. For example, do you want to have the system installed outdoor or indoor, or how much time you have to set up and maintain the system, and so on. If you understand and know your needs well, it would be extreme straight forward to pick a system for your house.