You know what they say – a tired dog is a happy dog. Dogs need space and exercise, and people who have the luxury of having a spacious yard are fortunate enough to provide their pets with all the physical activity they may need. However, once playtime is over, most people are sceptical about leaving their dogs free to roam around their yard, fearing they may somehow end up escaping on the street and hurting themselves. Obviously, conventional fences can be a handy solution to preventing dogs from roaming where they shouldn’t. However, they can also be an expensive solution that can ruin your yard’s appeal. Fortunately, today there are some great alternative solutions – an electric or in ground dog fence.
So what’s the difference between a wireless electric and an in ground dog fence? Wireless electric fences use radio transmitters that let your dog roam within a specified radius. Unfortunately, this type of fence is harder to fine-tune, and it isn’t the best option if you need to keep your dog away from a specific area in your yard, like your flowerbeds or vegetable garden. However, these fences are easily portable, so if you’re frequently moving between multiple properties, or you aren’t too worried about keeping your dog out of a specific area, the ease of use and convenience that a wireless electric fence offers outweighs the minor disadvantages.
On the other hand, an in ground electric dog fence is much more difficult to install, but it’s highly customisable and can fit your specific application. For instance, if you want to keep your dog out of a specific area, or have an irregularly shaped yard, such a fence would be a great solution. These fences are far more stable, so if you need strictly-defined boundaries for your pet, then you should definitely consider them.
There are a few important factors you’ll need to keep in mind before buying. For instance, you’ll need to consider how much electric dog fence wire you need, and how many collars the fence’s transmitter can handle. Further, you’ll need to take the wire gauge into account. The smaller the number gauge, the bigger the wire, the greater the cost. However, bigger wires aren’t as prone to breaking, and cheaper wires are easier to replace. Some in ground fences let you run the design however you want, while others may require you to take certain angles to keep them running. Lastly, you want a fence that will let you control the correction levels that are applied to your dog, as you want to keep them at a minimum.
If you’ve decided to go for a wireless dog fence, on the other hand, the most important factor you’ll have to consider is the range of the signal, as that determines how much area your dog has access to without correcting them. You want to measure the space before you buy the fence so that you set the transmitter properly. Furthermore, you’ll have to consider the number of collars. If you have two or more dogs, you’ll want a transmitter that can support all of them. Some systems will require you to buy the additional collars separately, but most of them come with the number of collars you need. And lastly, since these fences are wireless, you’ll have to consider the type of battery they use. If the system comes with proprietary batteries, you’ll be forced to buy them from the same manufacturer that makes the system to keep it powered. On the other hand, some systems use batteries that you can buy anywhere. That being said, make sure you also keep an eye out for the battery charge levels to make sure your fence is powered.
Regardless of which type of dog fence you end up choosing, training your dog for it is the most crucial aspect. If they aren’t properly trained, they won’t understand why they’re getting corrected, which can lead to a confused and anxious dog, and that’s something you want to avoid. Luckily, training your dog to use the fence is quite simple, and you should start with short sessions of about 15 minutes at a time. As long as your dog is at least 8 months, you’ll be able to start training them.
Start off with using tone mode only if your fence system features it, and place boundary flags every few metres within the fence as a visual indicator of where the border is. Take your dog by the leash to the edge slowly and let him acknowledge the beeping before you pull them back in the safe zone. Keep repeating this until your dog learns to get back inside the safe zone by itself. Once it starts going back by itself, you can introduce the static correction by turning it to the lowest setting possible. If your dog doesn’t react to it, increase the setting slightly until they start avoiding the border. Next, start distracting them by throwing a ball or walking outside the fence yourself. Lastly, remove the leash and let them roam free to see how they react to the fence. Make sure you use positive reinforcement techniques throughout the entire process and expect the training to last up to a month.