When the installation and dog training instructions are adhered to, dog fences actually work – they keep your dog “fenced in” without the physical fences. But there are always skeptics and detractors – such as those claiming that this system is neither humane nor cost effective. If you’re having doubts about the effectiveness of dog fences, this short article covers the basics.
There ca be various set ups in a pet containment system, but they all aim to prevent a dog from moving outside a marked area. The designated perimeter could be your entire house, or just a portion of it, but is encircled by buried wire. A device in the collar your dog wears will sense trigger a warning tone when the dog is near the boundary. When the dog continues to move past the boundary, it receives a low voltage static correction.
Dog fences or invisible fences are not the only kind of containment set up there is. When you have expensive furniture or sensitive equipment at home, you may not want your dog coming close to them. For these situations, a dog owner can set up the same wires system, or a “beacon” that detects when the collar-wearing dog is near, and then gives out the tone and mild shock. That’s the signal to keep away.
Regardless if your dog is being taught to keep inside your home or avoid getting near specific areas, proper training is essential. A pet containment system is not some overnight magic answer to keeping your dog from misbehaving.
To sum things up, the benefits of preferring dog fences include (1) the convenience of going around zoning ordinances against building physical fences, (2) they are considerably easier to install (and are cheaper) than physical fences, and they let your dog run around without the caged-in feeling.
Those who oppose the use of dog fences cite three reasons: (1)dogs can ignore the warning tones and shocks to get out of the wired area anyway, (2) the buried wires can malfunction and let the dog do as it wishes, and (3) of some dogs becoming traumatized by the “fence.”
All of these worries can be addressed by sufficient training and routine checks to see that the system is working fine. If an owner does not have time to train his dog, then by all means he should hire a dog trainer. Keep in mind that a pet containment system requires proper installation and dog training to work.