Adopting a dog, for a number of pet persons, is an important event ever in their life. The dog may become a very close member of their family where experiences and memorial moments are preciously perceived. Nonetheless, to confront complaints from other households within the neighborhood whenever your dog escaped its sweet home and explored its surrounding areas seems never to be great. Dogs’ owners thereafter have had a mission to accomplish: find a method to contain their active canines within range of control. That is how dog fence system was born.
Thinking about the white fence you saw in movies? No we are talking about wireless ones.
When it comes to fences, people mostly think about those wooden white fences originally seen in front of houses. Those fences appear in movies and images, and they cannot be more familiar to us. However, time has proven that those types of fences cannot prevent dogs from jumping out (because obviously they are usually too short for dogs). Therefore, a new wireless dog fence system was created to provide another alternative for dog owners to prevent their dogs from wandering around.
So how does this system work?
The system is not new to some countries since it was first invented in the 1970s (Bob W., The Morning Call, 2015). It is known as a wireless system that comprises of two or more devices. These electronic devices will create a fenceless boundary without any use of physical barrier or fence to contain dogs within. The dog will wear a lightweight collar which emits warning signals whenever it gets close to the boundary. If the first signals are ignored while the dog tries to escape, the pet will receive a strong and more severe signs from the device attached on the collar. The frequency between signal waves may get tighter as the pet approaching closer to the boundary. Upon several times of use, the pet will gradually grow awareness of its invisible allowance territory.
Two main types: Underground based versus GPS coordination.
There are currently several modules or types of commercial dog fences, but they fall into two main varieties. The most popular system employs underground based fences that prevent pets from escaping a specific townhouse yard or a similar area. A wire is buried around the desired land to be code energized connecting to the shock collar that the pet is wearing. As long as the pet stays away from the boundaries within the area, the collar will play nothing but just as a necklace.
Any movement closer to the boundary will cause the collar to emit first signals, then it will release repeating waves of electric shock with near impact. Another type of dog fence works with wireless signals either GPS coordinates or wireless connection between devices. It will benefit wider range of play ground for your dog, saving more cost on underground wires and could advantage tracking.
However, the tracking system has particular inaccuracy since the GPS coordination is tolerant itself. Sometimes, it may get confusion in according to the satellite signal. Wireless system, otherwise, support narrower area than GPS’s but it emits stronger signals within designated range. Therefore, people are preferable to the in-ground fencing system.
What is offered in the market?
It is a little complicated for first time buyers when they look at offers from the current market. In-ground dog fence comes with different prices depending on what kind of the system it is based on and the functions it can support. Quality and brands are also affective. Generally, packages of wired in-ground system tend to be cheaper and they arrive with larger quantity.
The downside of wireless dog fences.
Dog fence, nevertheless, also bears disadvantages. Dogs within a boundary could be possibly limited to interfere strangers or invaders, which is not good for the household in some cases. The disability may further result negatively in unexpected fights with other animals where the habit fears the dog to escape. On the other hand, the electric shock waves emitted by the device on the collar are harmless.
It only plays as a teaching equipment and cannot outperform excitements. Thus, owners of those are more aggressive and/or active could have to pay an additional price for special devices. Another factor that dog owners need to keep in mind is that wireless dog fence is not suitable for all dogs.
Some dogs with low pain tolerance may experience anxiety and shock. Hence, if in the past your dog had bad experience with anxiety, then these types of dog fences are not recommended to be used on them. Moreover, electric dog fence does not prevent intruders from entering your premises. Therefore, other than the purpose of restraining your dog from running out of their area, electric dog fences do nothing in preventing strangers from entering.
It is your call to decide whether you need a dog fence.
Dog fencing systems are beneficial at some points and are worth consideration. Owners should determine thoroughly their needs and conditions beforehand to avoid great affect on their pets’ normal life. Large impacts may cause abnormality to the pets’ behaviours and raise issues to animal welfare. It is also important to understand that not all dog owners have an electric dog fence. It is a technology to assist dog owners, but definitely not a trend, so there is no peer pressure on you as an dog owner to get one. Should you be worried about your dog escaping your house and running around the neighbourhood, a traditional fence can also be an option.