Wireless dog fences are becoming quite popular for dog owners with big yards and energetic puppies, but it seems a lot of people misunderstand how they should be used.
To give you a clue, here are 8 things to know before getting a wireless dog fence:
- Wireless dog fences work by emitting a signal in an area that is received by your dog’s collar. The moment your dog reaches the edge of the signal, the collar gives out a painless signal. With training, your dog quickly understand when it’s time to turn back.
- And yes – training is essential. The collar can give several different signals – sound, vibration, even painless shock, but without training these won’t mean much for your dog.
- You can only setup a wireless dog fence in a circle. Since the radio waves that communicate with your dog’s collar are emitted from a standpoint device, its range is always circular.
- Wireless dog fences work best on even terrain. Slopes and bumps in the terrain can interfere with the radio signal.
- Trees, garages, and other large objects can also interfere with the signal of a wireless dog fence.
- A wireless dog fence works not just with training, but also together with a physical fence. The idea of wireless fences isn’t to replace physical ones but to guarantee that the dog is not going to jump over your own fence.
- Similar to other radio waves, atmospheric conditions influence the radio waves of wireless dog fences. Just as with your wi-fi, keep in mind that the fence might not work under specific conditions.
- Wireless dog fences work only on those that wear the appropriate collar. This means that while your dog won’t be able to leave the perimeter, other wild animals will be able to enter. This is another reason why you also need a physical dog fence.
As you can see, a wireless dog fence isn’t the end all be all of dog yard protection. It has a lot of specifics and requires quite the setup and preparation. However, it is an extremely valuable tool for dog owners. Especially if you have a dog that needs to spend a lot of time in a yard.