TheFreedomFence.com now offers installation, repair and servicing of All Brands of pet and dog fence systems in Abbotsford BC and Western Canada. Choosing the right underground dog fence for your dog can be confusing because of the wide variety of electronic pet fences available. A quality in-ground dog fence is sold by Pet Stop®, PetSafe®, Pet Guardian®, Invisible Fence ™ ®, DogWatch®, Dog Guard®, Innotek®, and DogTek® and comes in different styles for different types of dogs and are ideal for climate found in and around Abbotsford BC.
Even though an invisible, underground, wireless or other electric dog fence systems cannot be seen or touched, they do a fairly good job in keeping your dog safe within the exterior areas of your demarcated property. These unique dog containment systems are designed to prevent your dog from straying, being a nuisance to your neighbors and staying safe from accidents or attacks by other animals. It is not only an innovative way to keep your dog safe, but will also save you a lot of money compared to installing a traditional fence in Abbotsford BC. Moreover, they will also give your home and garden a cleaner, more aesthetic look.
If you find that a traditional fence is beyond your budget, or if such a fence contravenes rules laid down by your neighborhood community, then installing any type of invisible dog fencing system would be the best option. There are some highly effective fences available today, so you can easily choose one that suits your needs and budget.
One of the most popular options available today is the “radio electric” dog fence. It is designed for the sole purpose of deterring your dog from moving out of the demarcated areas of your Abbotsford BC property or acreage. The invisible dog fence involves the use of two main components – a transmitter and a receiver (radio collar).
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How the Dog Fences Works?
The fence has an electric wire fitted with a transmitter and installed underground all around the borders of your acreage or Abbotsford BC property. This fence system works by giving out a beeping signal which is received by your dog’s radio collar, each time it (the dog) gets too close to the fence. If your dog continues to ignore the signals, a mild static shock is delivered via its collar to stop it from crossing the fence. However, the shock frequency can be adjusted to limit fear or harm to your dog.
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Wireless dog fences are not really fences, but a signal sent out by a transmitter and received by a dog collar that issues a static correction if the collar goes beyond the range of the signal. That is, if your dog strays more than a distance of 100 ft from the transmitter, the dog collar will lose the signal and a mild shock is given to remind him to return within the boundary.
The wireless fence takes about an hour or two to configure first by locating a place inside or nearby the house where a perimeter boundary can be established. If you plan on keeping the corrective collar on your dog while he is inside the house, make sure the house is inside the perimeter otherwise your dog will be unnecessarily corrected. Also, if your dog sleeps in a metal crate, the crate sometimes forms a Faraday Cage that may interfere with the signal from the transmitter. Keep both in mind when establishing a boundary and using the collar on your dog inside the house.
Outside your house, you need to identify where the dog collar loses the signal. The collar has an audible beeping sound which will start emitting a few seconds before the corrective phase is issued. Listen for the beep as you walk 40 to 50 steps from the transmitter. Identify this distance with markers such as bricks or rocks so that you will know if the perimeter adequately covers the area you want to retain your dog inside.
After you have identified the boundary, you will have to train your dog to stay inside it. Training takes about two weeks for your dog to understand how the unseen fence works. The first step is walk your dog on a leash across the fence allowing collaring to beep; waiting a few seconds and bring him back inside the fence followed with praise and treats. Initially the collar is set in a training mode so all your dog will hear is an audible sound.
The same training is repeated the next day but collar set to the lowest static correction value. This introduces your dog slight shock that is meant to get his attention. Make sure that the metal contacts are touching your pet's skin otherwise it correction will not work. This training continues for several days with lots of praise.
After your dog has mastered the perimeter and refrains and returns from outside the wireless fence, additional training is required to distract your dog or entice him to cross the boundary. The easiest way is to throw a ball slightly beyond the fence. This will cause your dog to exit the area and receive the corrective action. Reward your dog when he returns to the safe area. A training lead, or a long leash, works best during the distraction phase since he is somewhat free to roam while he is still under your control.
After about two weeks of training, your dog should be able to resist crossing the wireless dog fence. Monitoring is important during following two weeks to make sure he is not tempted to run off if there are any distractions.
Electronic Dog Fence - the Pros and Cons
There are a lot of reasons a dog may break his fence boundary. The first thing I would look at is the dog fence collar. Is the battery good, most batteries are good for four months give or take. Some electronic collars malfunction and will start to eat the battery as soon as two days after it has Benn installed.
In the case the dog fence collar is killing the battery you should contact your local office. Most professional pet systems will have a local office. If there is no local office contact the manufacturer. After you verify the underground invisible dog fence has a good battery check the fit. The fence collar should not be loose both metal posts must make contact with the dogs skin. Thick hair may also prevent contact if that is the case you may need to thin the neck area out a little.
OK you have checked all that and the dog escapes. Most underground dog fence systems has two adjustments. First is the signal field adjustment, if this is to small most dogs can run out in many cases with out a correction at all. Most dog fence systems have a short delay and if your fence transmitter is only set up to a two foot signal field it needs to be turned up. I would suggest at least six feet on a average size property of a half acre. If there is two or more acres fenced then there is no reason not to have at least a ten foot signal field.
Next is the underground invisible dog fence receiver. Most fence systems can be adjusted for a stronger correction. This means a stronger shock and removing the delay. Some containment systems will have a adjustment on the transmitter or the fence receiver itself. See owners manual for your brand they are all a little different. Invisible dog fence brand is not adjustable by the transmitter or on the receiver you will need to have a tech come out or visit the local office.
If the dog is still leaving the containment area after these adjustments find out where. Most dogs will leave the fence area in the same spot, the driveway is the common. I have found that a tie out in the area where your dog is leaving is very affective. For a period of about two weeks tie the dog out with the fence receiver on. Leave the slack in the tie out long enough to almost get out of the containment area but not all the way out. I know you got the fence so you don't have to use a tie out but a couple of weeks of this is what I have found to be the most affective to break the dogs bad habit and keep your pet at home.
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