Wireless Dog Fencing Chestermere AB

TheFreedomFence.com now offers installation, repair and servicing of All Brands of pet and dog fence systems in Chestermere AB 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 Chestermere AB.

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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 Chestermere AB. 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 Chestermere AB 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 Chestermere AB 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.

 

Are Electronic Dog Fences Legal in Chestermere AB?

Wireless Dog Fence Installation

 

I have found there are many reasons a invisible underground dog fence collar will activate in an area that it should not. The most common is a stray signal off of a cable TV line. This happens when the underground fence boundary wire piggy backs or runs on top of the cable TV line for a long distance.

There are different ways to fix this. The first thing I would look at is how large the fence signal field is, if it is larger than six feet (in other words the dog fence receiver activates six feet from the underground wire)and your pet does not test the fence there is probably room to turn the signal field down a little and that will fix the stray signal in most cases.

In a more severe case adjusting the field wont work. I would try removing the ground from the dog fence. If this solves the problem then the problem is in the common ground between the dog fence and the cable TV. To resolve this you simply need a new ground location for the dog fence. The easy thing to do is install a small ground rod outside the garage and attach the dog fence ground to the rod. You need to have a ground for the underground invisible dog fence if not your warranty will be void.

If removing the ground from the dog fence transmitter did not solve the problem try and remove the cable TV ground normally located outside near the electric meter. If this solves the problem what needs to be done is the cable TV needs to be re grounded where it comes into the house at the ground block. The ground block is attached to the house where the outdoor underground cable TV line meets the inside feed to the house and attached is a ground wire that runs to the electric meter or shares the same ground rod as the the electric meter. You must have a cable TV ground it is what protects your home from lightning damage or fire. I recommend to have the cable company do this or a licenced electrician.

If this does not solve your stray signal problem it is possible that it could be something setting off a signal similar to your underground invisible dog fence. It could be a cordless phone or another type of wireless device, take a walk around the house with the dog fence collar and hold it up to anything you may think could cause the problem and move it to another location. The invisible brand fence company has a wireless transmitter called the invisible mask. This will solve your dog fence stray signal problem as well. Most underground pet fencing has a 7K signal or a 10K signal the mask has a switch setting for both. If you have Pet Safe, Innotek, or Radio Fence it is most likely to be 10K any other brand probably 7K. The mask is designed to work with the invisible brand but I have seen it work with most other brands. The only one I have found it not to work with is Dog Watch brand dog fencing. Visit my blog for new posts on invisible underground fence installation and repair troubleshooting tips.

 

Electric Dog Fences - The Pros and Cons

Cat Containment

 

Electronic dog fences are becoming a very popular solution to the problem of wandering dogs. There are now literally dozens of different brands and models available, some are very high quality and some are simply rubbish. All of the systems available are potential nightmares when they fail to work as you expected. In most cases there is a simple fix for your problem. A few simple tests are all you need to find and correct the fault.

Fault finding in an electronic fence can be a frustrating and time-consuming exercise as often the problem is a combination of faults. Imagine trying to find a bad connection of the boundary wire to the controller by using a collar with a low battery. This will give all sorts of false and confusing results. The way to tackle your problem is to break the fence system down into its 3 main parts and then test each part separately. The 3 parts we will be testing are:

Transmitter or Controller

Boundary Wire

Collar Receiver

Transmitter.

The best way to test your transmitter is to disconnect your boundary wire and connect at least 30 feet (10 meters) of new wire. Lay the wire out in a circle and make sure to twist the last 3 feet (1 meter) before it connects to the transmitter. Turn on the transmitter and check the "power LED" is illuminated. If the power LED does not come on you have 1 of 2 problems. The power supply (usually a 12 volt plug pack) unit has failed or the transmitter is faulty. If you have a multimeter you can test the output from the power supply to determine if it is working. It is also a good idea to test the power supply in a different power outlet.

The transmitter should also have the "loop indicator " illuminated. An illuminated power LED but no illuminated loop indicator LED indicates the transmitter is faulty and needs to be replaced or returned for repairs. Double check that you have stripped enough insulation from the ends of the boundary wires and that they are making a good contact with the transmitter.

The next step is to disconnect one of the boundary wires, this should produce the break indicator warning, normally a flashing light and an audible alarm tone. If you do not get an alarm to indicate a wire break, the transmitter is faulty.

Boundary Wire.

Now that we know the transmitter is working we can reconnect the boundary wire. The boundary wire is the simplest of all to test but the most frustrating to fix. The transmitter power LED and the loop indicator LED should be illuminated. A break indicator alarm will confirm that the boundary wire has been broken. Your problem now is to find the break in the wire, if the wire has been buried this can be a difficult exercise. Locating and repairing a wire break will be covered in a future article.

Receiver Collars.

The first thing to do when testing a collar is to replace the battery with a fresh one. In the case of rechargeable collars this can be a difficult and expensive exercise. Make sure the collar is fully charged and is holding it's charge, rechargeable batteries do not last forever and often they have a life span of less than 18 months. Low or flat batteries will result in confusing and inconsistent performance.

Test the collar on a straight section of your fence that is well away from the controller. Approach the fence while holding the collar in your hand.

The orientation and height of the collar above the ground can make a big difference to its response distance. Hold the collar with the probes at 45 degrees to horizontal and at roughly the same height from the ground as it would be when the dog is wearing it. The collar should sound a warning as you approach the wire. Common problems are listed below.

The collar has to be held on top of the boundary wire to activate:

Adjust the boundary width control knob on the transmitter to increase the distance from the boundary wire that the collar activates. If your transmitter has a Boundary Control Switch, adjust it to another setting. Make sure your boundary wire loop is separated by at least 3 feet (1 meter).

The collars give an inconsistent response:

Make sure your transmitter is located well away from large metal objects like freezers and washing machines. Check that your boundary wire corners are gradual as sharp corners will cancel the signal. Make sure the boundary wire is not running parallel to and within 4-6 feet (2 meters) of underground electrical cables, telephone lines, neighboring electronic fences, etc.

The dog is not responding to correction:

Test the collar with the supplied test light to make sure it is working correctly.

Adjustable collars may be set to low for your dog, increase the level setting.

Adjust the collar fit.

Shave the area of the dog's skin that is in contact with the probes.

Try longer probes especially on long-haired dogs.

Following the steps above should enable you to identify which part of your system is at fault and allow you to take appropriate action. It is very important that a faulty fence system is repaired as quickly as possible. A faulty or inconsistent fence will quickly lose your dogs respect and retraining a dog can be very difficult.


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