What is an invisible dog fence?
Well, an invisible dog fence is a dog fence that is invisible. That sounds pretty self-explanatory, but to be specific, there is more than that. An invisible dog fence is a pet containment system powered by electricity. In order to prevent dogs from escaping the designated areas, dog owners utilize this system to train their dogs.
Why choose an invisible dog fence?
Of course at first sight invisible dog fence does sound to be a complicated system. The idea of building physical fences is obviously straight forward and seems to be a great solution for dog owners who want to contain their dogs in their yards. However, as an increasing number of people are now living in complex residential areas, there are strict regulations on fences. Building a physical fence takes time, and sometimes it is not worth taking the risk of breaking the law. Hence, the invisible dog fence was created to solve this problem. It is not only convenient, but is also simple to install.
Transmitter and receiver
An invisible fence system includes a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter is powered by electricity, with the ability to track the dog’s location. If the dog comes close to the border line set up by the dog owners, this transmitter will send signals to a receiver. In these cases, a receiver is usually a dog training collar. Once the receiver gets the signals from the transmitter, it will release a mild shock to interrupt the dog’s crossing the border. Sometimes the training collar also goes with sound as well. To be more specific, let’s check out two following systems below.
Wired and Wireless system
Now let’s talk about the transmitter for invisible dog fence systems. There are two types of transmitters: wired and wireless. With wired system, a wire antenna is buried underground shaping the underground border line. Thus, it is invisible on the ground as we cannot see this antenna. The wired system is a great option for outdoor use because it is flexible, and it can be used to create various border shapes and lines. The antenna is then connected to the collar, and works as a transmitter. Whenever the dog comes close to the border or is about to cross the line, the transmitter is able to detect the range through the connection with the collar. Correspondingly, the transmitter will release signals to the collar, igniting the alarms for the dog. With proper training in advance, when the alarms go off, the dog would be able to understand the signals and stop his current undesired behavior.
While functioning similarly, the wireless system, in fact, slightly differs from the wired system. With a hint from its name, it is conspicuous that there is no wire antenna being used in the wireless system. The transmitter in a wireless system creates a circular field, covering the area. If the collar goes out of the field, the alarms will go off.
Generally, wired and wireless systems work in the same way. So how can we know which one works best for us? Although the wire antenna takes time to install, and it is somewhat complicated, this system works for all types of yards. Regardless of your yard’s shape and size, the wired system is flexible enough to create a border that fits your yard. As mentioned above, this is the reason why it is more preferable for outdoor use. On the other hand, the wireless system is more convenient because it does not require any wire set-ups or complex installations. The transmitter basically works as a hub, just like wifi routers that has a certain range. The transmitter has a circular field that can be manually adjusted or customized by users. The only downside of the wireless system is that due to the circular field, it may not be able to cover all the area. For example, if you have an unusually shaped yard, the wireless system cannot cover the area as fully as the wired system does. Therefore, the wireless system works better indoor.
Depending on the needs and preference of dog owners, they can choose either wired or wireless system that works best for them. Although there are also other criteria for us to look into when making purchase decisions, the most essential thing to keep in mind is the purpose of use. If you are planning to use the system outdoor, a wired system is highly recommended, whereas for indoor purposes, a wireless system is more convenient.
Dog training for the system
Now we have understood how the system works. However, the system does not work right away with your dog. It takes training and lots of time for your dog to get used to the system. Remember that this is a fairly high-tech device, so training your dog properly is crucial. As the alarms go off, if the dog is unprepared, he may experience shock or anxiety, and these are totally preventable. Hence, it is highly recommended that you train your dog before utilizing the system.
You can start with some simple commands such as sit, stand, roll over, and so on. These are the most basic commands to train dogs. This is a helpful step because you want your dog to also get used to being trained first if your dog has never been trained before. After those simple commands, you can move on to the collar and invisible dog fence system.
One thing you must not forget is to give rewards to your dogs. Giving him his favorite treat is a nice way to encourage him to do the desired action next time. Dogs love treats and being appraised. If you give him his favorite treat during the training, he is more likely to listen to your commands and instructions. Remember, the invisible dog fence system, especially the collar, is not a form of punishment. Its only intended use is to help owners control their pets better. It takes lots of time to successfully train your dog as there are various techniques involves, so please be patient with your four-legged friends.