TheFreedomFence.com now offers installation, repair and servicing of All Brands of pet and dog fence systems in Edson 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 Edson AB.
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 Edson 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 Edson 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 Edson 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 Edson AB?
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!
Pet Containment - Do Electronic Dog Fences Really Work?
Electronic dog fences provide dog owners with an automated, electronic means to make sure their dogs do not go beyond the safety of their homes. It also helps dog owners make sure that their dogs do not do any inadvertent damage to other people's property.
It effectively keeps the dogs within the owner's property and helps dogs learn to know their boundaries. They are trained by the system to automatically stay away from the boundaries of the home. Electronic dog fences have the added advantage of not taking up any property space. They are totally controlled by the dog's collar, and the predefined areas the dog is allowed to stay in.
The great thing about electronic fences is the fact that they can be programmed and wired to protect other areas of your home that are prone to the playful mischief of your energetic dogs. This way you can protect fish ponds, flowerbeds, gardens, and other sensitive areas.
But how do these things work? They are pretty simple, if you come to think of it. Here is a step by step guide to how electronic dog fences are set up and used.
Your Dog's Electronic Fence
1. Area Wiring - First of all, thin antenna wires are buried around the perimeter of the areas you want off limits to your dog. These wires are usually parallel to your picket or perimeter fences that surround your property. These wires are light, not bulky and are pretty easy to install.
They can even be secured in non soil areas by means of normal attachments easily found at any hardware store. Just make sure they are safe from the elements and are not an impediment to your surroundings. These wires can be installed beside your fish pond, other pet cages, and off-limit areas.
The wiring can also be installed inside your home. It should be installed in a way that it does not become cumbersome. It can be laid out like normal cable wire. Just make sure it is secured to the walls or to stable furniture and is beyond the reach of toddlers or your pets. You could even put it under you rug or under your carpet.
2. Pet Collar - Your pet then is made to wear a special collar that can receive signals from the wires you just installed. It is this collar that acts as the fence. Your pet should be wearing the collar for the system to work. Without the collar, the electronic fence will uselessly benign.
The collar works using radio frequency and has a specially installed radio receiver to pick up signals from the antenna wires in your territory.
3. Train Your Dog - the systems sets off a very mild and harmless shock to the dog whenever it crosses the boundaries marked by the wires. The shock is just like static and will cause no harm to your dog. All it does is offer a small irritating 'reminder' to keep your dogs from moving beyond their permitted areas.
Also before it emits the shock, it gives off high-frequency beeps to warn the dog. Whenever the dog hears the beeps it will be alerted to the fact that the shock would come if the warning is not heeded. This ensures that the pet will not have to be reminded physically as much as it will be by audio.
You should also mark the areas off limits by using visual aids such as flags, and other visual aids. As the dog gradually understands and respects the boundaries, it will no longer need these aids to avoid the areas altogether.
Warnings and Conclusions
Some owners are not comfortable with the fact that mild static is used to remind their pets of their boundaries. However, it should be noted that it is non-harmful and is a great alternative to cooping up a pet within a dark and dingy cage beyond the dog's comfort.
Also electronic fences do not protect your dog against robbers as cages do. Thieves have to work at a cage or a series of gates to get to your dog. Although it keeps your pets from going out too far from the home, it does not keep others away from coming into your home.
http://thefreedomfence.com/alberta/ – TheFreedomFence.com now offers installation, repair and servicing of All Brands of pet and dog fence systems in Edson AB. WE PROUDLY SERVICE ALL BRANDS OF ELECTRIC FENCE SYSTEMS LIKE: Pet Stop®, PetSafe®, Pet Guardian®, Invisible Fence ™ ®, DogWatch® and Dog Guard®.