As you spend some time considering your next fencing option for your canine escape artist, you keep coming back to the wireless dog fence. Affordable, invisible, and easy to install, there is a lot to like about this great alternative to more traditional fencing solutions. You pride yourself on using positive reinforcement techniques with your dog, and you don’t like the idea of a fencing system that might be based on something that might cause your dog pain. You need an important question answered before you shell out the bucks to install the wireless fence…do wireless fences hurt your dog?
The Truth About Wireless Fences
While it is natural to feel concerned about a fencing system which seems to rely on electronic stimulation to teach fenceline boundaries, the truth is the wireless fence is one hundred percent safe for dog use. The manufacturers of this great pet containment solution don’t want your dog to be hurt any more than you do. In fact, quite the contrary!
A lot of myths exist regarding the type of electronic correction levied by the receiving units of the wireless fence. To best understand the experience for your pet, it is helpful to consider precisely how the wireless fence works.
The Principles of the Wireless Fence
Each wireless fence operates on essentially the same principles. Some units are completely wire-free and operate on radio signals to established boundaries which are then earmarked by flags to provide visual cues for your dog to follow. Others do require the burial of a heavy gauge wire beneath the ground. But what these two systems share in common is the equipment required for operation: a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter may be battery operated or plugged in. The receiving unit is a collar which contains a battery which may be rechargeable or may need to be replaced when it is no longer effective.
Many dogs can be trained to simply stay behind the flag perimeter. If your pooch is of this variety, there will never be any need for any communication between the transmitter and receiver, and thus, no administered correction. However, at least during the training phases, most dogs will require some stimulation to understand the boundaries of their new yard.
But this type of correction operates on a different level than most understand. Though the stimulation is electronic, there is not any electric current running through the collar itself. If your dog broaches the perimeter of his yard, he will receive a tactile “zap” from the collar. It is not intended to be painful but rather to gain your dog’s attention through startling him and can be likened to a poke. Many receiving units also operate on tone or vibrate options, and all are equipped with different levels of stimulation, allowing you to customize the intensity of the “zap” to what is most effective for your dog. The zap, at its most potent, is similar to the shock you might receive from a static-filled carpet; not painful but certainly not something easily ignored.
Manufacturers of the wireless fence do recommend that the receiving collar be removed when your dog is not out in his yard. The collar contains metal probes which can be uncomfortable for your dog if rubbed against his neck during play or rest times in your home. To ensure his skin does not become inflamed or irritated, remove the collar when indoors and replace it prior to any play time in your yard.
Is the wireless fence painful for your dog?
Not at all! It’s a tool intended to keep your dog safe. While there is an important training period required, the process will not harm your dog and will, in fact, lead to greater freedom for Fido in the future. Consider adding a wireless fence to your home today!