If you’re the owner of a dog, you’ve likely spent a lot of time considering fencing options. Traditional chain link and wooden fences top the list when it comes to popular choices, but they also come with hefty price tags that simply aren’t affordable for many families. More than that, you’ve got a backyard that could defy gravity with its hills and valleys, making more typical fencing options not suitable for your property. The wireless dog fence seems like an excellent selection. It’s easy to install and friendly to your pocketbook. But you have one reservation…does a wireless fence really work?
How does a wireless dog fence work?
Wireless fences typically consist of two parts: a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter can be operated by rechargeable battery or may need to be plugged in. The receiver is essentially a battery-powered collar worn around your dog’s neck. Though some wireless fences truly are wireless, operating purely on established radio signal boundaries, others do require that heavy duty wire be installed underground to provide the fencing barrier.
When your dog attempts to cross the established boundary, the transmitter will detect your dog’s movement and administer a “correction” to your dog. This correction may come in the form of an electric shock of varying intensity or via a tone or vibration as selected by the owner. Over time, the dog learns the limitations of his yard and will most typically respect them and give them a wide berth.
However, there is a transitional period during which the dog must learn the scope of his newly “fenced” yard. Most owners place small flags around the perimeter of the fence to give their dogs a visual cue as to the boundaries of their play space. This limits the amount of corrections a dog may need during this training phase.
What steps need to be taken to ensure the fence works?
The wireless fence is a highly effective solution to canine escape artists. However, as with all tools, time must be invested in properly training your dog to reap the benefits of this excellent fencing alternative.
It is important to note that the wireless fence is compatible only with dogs weighing eight pounds or more as the receiving collar is too cumbersome for breeds smaller than this weight, potentially causing injury and restricting movement. It is also highly recommended that training for the wireless fence begin no sooner than eight weeks of age to maximize both safety and learning potential.
Once the fencing has been properly installed and a flag boundary is in place, it is time to take Fido out in his newly fenced space to learn the perimeter of his play area. The wireless fence you purchase will come with a set of detailed instructions concerning training your pooch to work within the confines of his new play space. Most will recommend introducing your dog to his new boundaries while on a lead. It is always an excellent idea to carry treats with you and to lavishly praise your dog and reward him with a tasty tidbit when he remains in the safe play zone. Since most dogs respond exceptionally well to positive reinforcement techniques, this in itself may be the most effective means to teach your dog the benefits of staying within the flag-marked area.
However, not all dogs are so easily persuaded, and others still who possess high prey drive may require further training to respect the confines of their yard. This is where the electronic shock delivery system comes into play. Obviously, this type of correction is meant only as a safety measure and the minimal use of it is best. Each wireless dog fence receiver is equipped with several different levels of electronic stimulation, allowing you to customize the amount of correction it will take to get your dog’s attention and to keep him focused on learning and obeying.
For most dogs, it will take only a few attempts at crossing the boundary before they learn and understand why they need to remain within the flagged area of their yard. Others can be a little more stubborn, and further training will be required to achieve the desired result. Until the dog exhibits a willingness to stay within his boundaries, he should not be trusted in his yard alone, with or without a receiving collar, for his own safety.
Are there some dogs who this fence is not suitable for?
On the whole, the wireless fence is an excellent solution for any pooch with a penchant to roam. However, there are always exceptions to every rule, and there are some breeds with powerful prey drives who are willing to risk even the most potent correction to chase prey. However, this does not mean that the wireless fence cannot work for these breeds. In the case of dogs who have been known to bolt from a wireless fence, it is an excellent idea to install a fenceline of inexpensive chicken wire or other materials to keep your doggo contained when his instincts to chase override his brain.
Will the wireless fence work in any yard?
While the wireless fence is best suited to relatively flat terrain, it will work in yards with some slope to them. If sections of your yard more closely resemble an ascent up Mt Kilimanjaro, the wireless fence might not be the best solution for your home. However, since most yards rarely have that much diversity in the landscape, the wireless fence is still an ideal solution to canines who like to go rogue from time to time.
The key point to consider in determining if your property is well-suited to the wireless fence is how cleanly the transmitter can communicate with the receiving device. If your property contains vast rolling hills, it will be far more challenging for the two units to work seamlessly.
Does the wireless fence really work?
Absolutely! With a little bit of training, your pooch will learn his play area’s boundaries in no time at all. You can have complete peace of mind that your pooch has a safely contained yard with the addition of a wireless fence to your life. Consider installing one today!