You may be wondering about the benefits of an underground dog fence, versus a traditional fence. First of all, a traditional fence will cost you more than an underground dog fence will. In addition to this, some people have zoning limitations on their property that don’t allow them to erect a fence around their home. Not to mention, fences are often times visually unappealing, detracting from the beauty of the home or property.
Have you ever heard of an invisible fence®? This is a brand name of an underground dog fence that you have to pay their company big money to install for you. If you are looking into different options for a dog fence, you should take a look at a diy dog fence, which will save you about 65% over the invisible fence® brand name. When you install your underground dog fence yourself, you should expect it to take you a day or less.
Now that you know why it is worth it to install your own underground dog fence, let’s take a look at the specifics of how they work.
An underground dog fence consists of three elements: a transmitter, a wire, and a special dog collar. The wire is buried around the perimeter of the yard, to define exactly where you wish your border to be. The transmitter is located in a weatherproof location, typically indoors. You place the collar on your dog, with its two metal contact points set firmly against your dog’s neck.
The transmitter emits a radio signal that communicates with the wire and with the dog’s collar. When your dog begins to approach the border you have created, he will hear an audible tone through his collar. This acts as a warning, for him to not come any closer. Should he continue going forward toward the wire, he will receive a mild static shock, through the metal contact points on the collar. This makes your dog aware of his limits.
You may be wondering if this harms your dog in any way. The answer is no. The sensation that he feels is equivalent to what it feels like when you run across the carpet and touch a doorknob. It is a little uncomfortable, but not necessarily considered to be painful.
Training your dog on an underground dog fence takes about 2 weeks. Most dogs won’t continue trying to cross the border after receiving corrections a few times. To help things out, you place small flags every few feet around the border of your yard, to visually reinforce where your dog needs to stop.
There are many different do-it-yourself underground dog fence systems to choose from. When shopping for one, there are several aspects to consider when making your decision.
The first thing you should take note of is how big of an area the fence is capable of covering, to make sure it is able to contain the acreage of your property. The second thing to consider is the size and the correction strengths of the collar. Some dog fence collars are designed specifically for small dogs, where others are were created for large, stubborn breeds.
Another thing to consider is if you want your collar to have rechargeable batteries or not. Some people like rechargeable, where others consider remembering to charge the collar’s batteries to be too much of a hassle.
There are several quality manufacturers of underground dog fences on the market. Perimeter®, PetSafe®, and SportDOG offer quality underground dog fences at an affordable price. No matter which underground dog fence you choose, your dog is sure to enjoy the freedom it provides him, and you are sure to appreciate the peace of mind it can give you.