TheFreedomFence.com now offers installation, repair and servicing of All Brands of pet and dog fence systems in Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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.
Are Electronic Dog Fences Legal in Victoria BC?
Paramount on the minds of every dog owner is the safety of his or her dog. If one is not alert, so many bad things could happen if a dog gets out of the house. For one, it could cause damage to property - both yours and your neighbor's. It might end up roaming the neighborhood and get attacked or injured by other more aggressive dogs. Worse, it might even get run over by a car.
Ironically, a lot of neighborhoods actually restrict the construction of fences because it spoils the view and aesthetics of the community. With this in mind, how can one restrict the movements of a dog without having to tie it up to a post? The solution to this is the invisible dog fence.
There are two types of invisible dog fences. The first type is often called "electric fencing" but the more correct term is "in ground fencing". In ground fencing consists of three main components: a transmitter, a long wire (as long as the perimeter of the designated dog's roaming area and is buried a few inches under the ground), and a receiver (attached to the dog's collar). Whenever a dog approaches the wire/boundary, the collar would beep or give out other forms of signals. However, if it ignores the signal and gets very close to the boundary, a mild electric shock is administered. Good examples of in ground fencing include Innotek's dog fence systems, particularly the IUC-4100 and the IUC-5100, and the SportDog SDF-100A.
The second type of invisible dog fence is the wireless or wifi dog fence. Unlike the previous type which utilizes a very long wire, there are only two components, namely the central controller and the receiver in the dog's collar. The pet owner adjusts the size of the dog's roaming area through the controller. Same as with the electric fence, a dog that gets close to the boundary is warned with a beep and then later shocked if it attempts to breach the limit.
The delivery of a mild electric shock might seem inhumane to some animal activists, but manufacturers and experts claim that it is safe. However, some pet owners have observed that their dogs have developed burns, sores or infections as a result of the shocks caused by the collar. Experts advise that the collar should not be worn by the dog 24/7. If it is resting/sleeping or it is inside the house with you, it is best that you remove the collar.
The invisible dog fence is easy to install and you can put it in any place where you don't want your dog to get into, such as your garden, swimming pool, fish pond, or driveway. If you are not particularly savvy when it comes to installing units like these, you can get professional help. Some manufacturers and distributors offer free installation when you order a pet containment system from them
Deciding on Whether or Not to Use an Invisible Dog Fence
A Jack Russell terrier is a wonderful, friendly dog. One that many people absolutely enjoy. They are playful, loving, and extremely smart. One I have has won many agility course competitions. Another one I have know is a very enthusiastic fly-ball fanatic. Who wouldn't want one of these fantastic dogs?
A Jack Russell terrier is a neurotic, over energetic, ball of fury. They have an insatiable appetite for digging. You could swear that rabbits and opossums are the mortal enemy of your Jack Russell terrier. No fence can keep them in your back yard. They are continually running through the electric dog fence you have recently installed. Your neighbor swears it can jump into their backyard over the 6ft tall privacy fence, destroying her (award winning) tulip garden. Who would want one of these demons?
Does this sound familiar to you? If I replaced Jack Russell Terrier with Labrador, Airedale, or Cocker Spaniel, would it now sound familiar? Many pet owners have experienced that sick feeling when they realize the family's best friend is no longer in the backyard. Digging in the neighbor's yard is a mere inconvenience. What happens when you live on a busy street and your neighbor is the one carrying the limp body of your friend to your door step. No amount of explanation to your children can prepare them for that horrid experience.
This scenario does not have to play out. There are alternatives. Let us look at a few of them.
- Tying them up - unfortunately, this is very limited. Many dogs resent the restriction and often the owner finds it unpleasant because their pet can not use the whole yard. It is easy for them to become entangled in their tie-up rope. It becomes even more dangerous if they can jump a fence.
- Keeping them inside - I have seen this, especially with small dogs. If you choose to have your dog deficate and urinate where you live, I won't argue with you, please do not invite me over for dinner.
- Traditional Fencing - Great for many dogs. There are many attractive options on the market right now. Wrought iron, picket, chain-link, privacy fencing are all options. They vary, from short to 6-8ft tall. There are often restrictions placed if you live in a subdivision regulated by a home owners association.
- Buried Fencing combined with Traditional Fencing - This option involves a little digging and back braking work. A traditional fence is erected as usual, however, a mesh fence is buried and attached to the traditional fence. This option prevents dogs that are diggers to work their way under the fence.
- Invisible Electric Dog Fence - An electric dog fence is an excellent option for those who do not need or want a fence obstructing their view of their backyard. An invisible dog fence is also an option to inexpensively contain dogs in a very large area, often up to 25 acres. A wire is buried 3 inches underground and attached in a loop to the transmitter for the fencing system. The electric dog fence is completed with a receiver collar properly fitted to your dog. The collar then receives signals from the wire underground and warns and/or corrects your dog as it approaches the defined boundaries. The electric dog fence systems often allow varying degrees of warning/correction. As good as this option sounds, dogs occasionally can outrun the correction.
- Invisible Electric Dog Fence combined with Traditional Fencing - If invisibility is not needed and maximum containment is desired, this is the best option for your dog. The traditional fence is erected as usual. The electric dog fence wiring is then buried just inside the traditional fence perimeter. The combination of the visual containment system (traditional fencing) as well as the audible warning of the electric dog fence prevents even the most stubborn dog.
As you can see, there are many options available for containing your dog. Each option has its place. Review your situation and honestly assess the needs of your home and your pet. Tying up your pet is rarely the answer, but a fence often is a great option. Whether the fence is a traditional picket fence or a more modern electric dog fence, the goal is always the same, to protect your best friend from escaping your yard and becoming harmed. All dogs can be wonderful, however, it takes training, patience, and a little imagination to help them respond to your needs.
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