Electric Dog Fence – Key Features and Equipment

Sam Niccolls, Sep 09, 2014
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Some of our neighbors may not share the same level of enthusiasm as we dog owners have. After all, pets are only fun when they play by the rules and don’t make any mess during the process. Electric dog fences make sure that we keep our dogs on our side of the fence and keep them out of trouble.

Electric dog fences are simple systems. These mainly consist of basic equipments that include collars, wire fencing and transmitter. Below are the standard equipments used in an electrical dog fence and functions.

 

Collars

One important thing that dog owners should always consider is the size of the collar. Your dog should be comfortable enough for training. Collars should be designed fit your dog and not the other way around. Factors to consider include collars size, weight, durability and it should also be waterproof. Collars should possess a high degree of durability since your dogs will constantly be exposed to the elements.

Levels of Correction

Training your dog to recognize boundaries is achieved through external stimuli. A warning beep for example alerts you dog that he is about to enter a restricted area. Since there are no visual boundaries, flags are also used to mark these areas. External stimuli such as warning beeps and electrical currents that are introduced in varying degrees help train your dogs. Longer contact points are used for longhaired dogs and shorter contact points for shorthaired dogs accordingly.

Frequency Used

Wireless and in-ground fences use AM or FM frequencies. It is important that you’re fencing systems do not run interference or react with other electrical systems. The equipment should transmit FCC approved Digital Modulation signals to avoid interference with other signals. This eliminates false activation and other problems associated with conflicting frequencies. Multiple frequencies reduce your risk for interfering with your neighbor’s system.

Lightning Protection

Lightning and surge protectors guard your electric dog fence from powerful and dangerous electrical discharges. Since most electric dog fences are locate outside your home, these equipment are essential for safeguarding your fence from electrical damage.

Wire-break Warning

If you find your dog suddenly venturing beyond your set boundaries with ease then the problem could be caused by a wire break. This is troublesome for in-ground dog fences where you can’t visually identify breakages in the line. Be sure that your electric dog fence comes with a wire-break indicator especially when you’re using hundreds of feet of wiring.

Training Flags

Flags provide a helpful visual clue that helps your dog identify boundaries. This is especially useful during the first days of training when only a warning beep is used to indicate that they are approaching a boundary. Most electric dog fences come with 50 training flags or more depending on the area to be covered.

Battery Life Indicator/ Warning Light

Wireless and in-ground fences both utilize battery-powered collars. It is important that your collars include a battery warning light to inform you if your collars are running low on power and needs recharging. Some batteries usually last for months before needing replacement but check your manual for normal battery life. Just be sure that you have some batteries in hand just in case your dog’s collar runs out of power.