TheFreedomFence.com now offers installation, repair and servicing of All Brands of pet and dog fence systems in 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 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 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 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 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 BC?
Fixing a break in your Invisible Dog Fence or Underground Dog Fence is cheap and easy. You will periodically get breaks in the boundary line of your dog fence. You will know that the line is broken because the dog fence transmitter unit attached to your house will signal an error by either a flashing red light or a beeping noise. You will also notice that your dog's receiver collars no longer work and will not beep when you take them over the boundary line.
The boundary wire for your underground dog fence needs to make a complete loop, beginning and ending at the transmitter unit. When you get a break in the loop the signals cannot get through and the unit stops working. Our job is to find the break in the boundary wire and fix it. Before you start you need to remove the receiver collars from your dogs.
Here are the tools you will need for this DIY voyage:
- One 100 µH RF Choke (available from Radioshack (catalog number 273-102)) - $1.39
- One waterproof wire nut (available from most home improvement or hardware stores) - $0.39
- One AM radio - any portable AM radio will do, tuned to 600.
- One pair of scissors
- One Shovel or anything else you can dig with
Time: 30 minutes
There are two ways to find the break, we start with the easiest way:
Finding a Break by Visual Inspection
Most breaks are caused by someone running an edger, aerator or otherwise digging through the boundary wire. These breaks can usually be found by walking along where the boundary wire runs and looking for spots where there has been recent digging. Unearth the wire in these spots and check for damage. The most likely spots are where the boundary wire crosses your driveway or pathways. Also check that the boundary wire is properly connected to the transmitter box.
If you found the break, proceed to the section on fixing the break. If not, proceed to the following section where we will show you how to use an RF Choke to make the boundary wire 'sing' and reveal the location of the break to you.
RF Choke Method
The RF Choke will make your boundary wire 'sing.' We will be able to listen to this sound with the AM radio you have tuned to 600 and will be able to find the break by looking for the part of the wire that is not singing.
First switch off the transmitter box. Now, disconnect the two boundary wire leads that connect to the box. In their place, connect the two legs of the RF choke. Now turn the transmitter box back on. The transmitter box should no longer be signalling that there is an error.
Now turn the transmitter box back off. Take the two boundary wires and wrap an insulated section of each wire around different legs of the RF choke. Now turn the transmitter box back on. The transmitter should still signal that there is no error. Rotate the knob labeled "field width" on the transmitter box clockwise till it is at full power.
Now turn on the radio tuned to AM 600, and walk along the boundary wire. When you hold the radio near the boundary wire it should make a deep pulsing/throbbing noise, like Ugh-Ugh-Ugh-Ugh-Ugh ... As you move the radio closer and further away from the boundary wire you will notice that there are some distances where the sound is louder and some distances where it gets quieter. As you walk around the boundary you will find a spot where there is no sound coming from the AM radio irrespective of whether you move the radio closer or further from the boundary wire. This is where you should dig up the wire and look for the break. It will be within three yards of the quiet spot
Now that you have done the hard part let's fix the break
Fixing the Break
Use the scissors to strip the wire on each side of the break in the boundary wire. Now insert the two stripped sections into the wire nut and gently twist until you start to get a bit of resistance from the wire nut. Now we will test to see if you have fixed the problem.
Return to the transmitter unit and turn off the power. Disconnect the RF choke legs and reconnect the boundary wire. Power back on the transmitter and there should be no error signal. If there is an error signal, look for another break, it is possible that there was more than one. If there was no error signal, bury the boundary wire you dug up. Reset the "field width" knob on the transmitter box to it's original setting and you are done. Congratulations you just saved yourself a house call from the local Underground Dog Fence company and a large bill!
Various Myths Regarding Wireless Dog Fences
If you don't have a fence around your home, then a less expensive option than erecting a physical fence is to get an invisible dog fence. With a physical fence, your dog may have the ability to escape by digging under or climbing over it. You'll also need to be careful not to leave the gate open at any time.
As long as you have power, your electric dog fence will keep your dog contained. There are many brands and options for you to sort through, so making a decision can be a bit difficult. Here are a few tips to make it slightly easier on you.
One of the first things you should look at when buying an invisible dog fence is the amount of power that the transmitter has. You will need a more powerful transmitter if your have a larger yard. The average transmitter is suitable for properties up to three acres. If you have something bigger than this, you'll need a more powerful transmitter or you'll have to buy a separate booster to use in combination with it.
The best invisible dog fence systems have transmitters with an adjustable correction range. You can set it up to correct your dog when he gets within five feet of the boundary line, or wait until he's inches away. You may want to take your dog's particular personality into account when it comes to this feature.
An invisible dog fence can correct your dog various ways too. Some systems will produce an audible warning whenever your dog approaches the boundary line, and will shock him if he continues to get closer. Others will simply use a shock with no audible warning.
You may also want to see if the special collar that your dog has to wear is adjustable. This is more important if you have a younger canine. He will get bigger in the future, so the collar will need to be adjusted accordingly. Even adult dogs will lose and gain weight sometimes, which would make the collar too tight or loose.
The boundary line of the invisible dog fence can be setup different ways. Some systems use radio waves to communicate with the transmitter. Others will rely on a wire buried beneath the ground. The former system will be easier to setup since there is less manual labor involved.
If you choose to go with a buried wire system, then make sure that the wire's gauge is thick. There are creatures such as moles that may mess with the wire. Thinner wires will be easier for them to chew through and destroy.
Another feature to look for when buying one of these systems is the presence of a battery backup. If you ever lose power to your home, then the system won't function until it's restored. The battery backup feature will help keep your dog in your yard should you ever experience a power outage.
An invisible dog fences is a quick, easy, and less expensive alternative to installing a physical fence. Keep these above-mentioned tips in mind when shopping for one.
Start seeing positive changes in your dog's behavior in just a couple of days!
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