We know: All About Electric Dog Fences

What is an electric dog fence?

Electric dog fences allow you to keep your dog within the confines of your yard without building conventional fence. Electric fences work by putting out an electronic signal that creates a boundary around your yard, or a specified area, much like a fence.

The dog usually wears a receiver around the neck. When the dog approaches the electric signal, the receiver gives the dog a warning sound, indicating he's nearing the boundary. If the dog goes further, the receiver issues a static shock that conditions the dog to staying behind the boundary.

What are the different types of wireless fences?

Here are some samples of how these devices work:

  • Underground Wire - These systems work by burying a wire under the ground to create the boundaries of your fenced area. The dog wears a receiver on the collar.
  • Outdoor Wireless - These systems use radio signals to contain the dog in the yard. You place a transmitter in the house or garage and it emits a signal covering a specified range. When the dog reaches the edge of the range, there is a warning signal, and beyond that, a static shock.
  • Indoor Wireless - These are smaller versions of the wireless system that enable you to place a small transmitter near an area where the dog is not permitted to got, such as a door, and then set the signal to activate within 2 to 10 feet.

How do I choose a fence?

Most fences are designed to be used with a specific size dog. They are usually calibrated by pounds, so know the weight of your dog before you go shopping.

Also, may have adjustable 'signals' so that you can control the severity of the static shock. Look for the 'temperament' label on the product, indicating if the system is deigned for 'easy to train' dogs or 'stubborn' dogs.

How big an area will these containment systems cover?

Indoor systems can cover as little as two feet, while some outdoor systems can cover up to 25 acres.

What are some of the brands of fences and sample prices?

Manufacturers include PetSafe, Dogtra, and Innotek. Expect to pay between $100 and $300 for a containment system, depending on your needs.

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