How Does a Wireless Pet Fence Work?
Dogs and fences don’t exactly go together. But everyone who has a dog and a yard would agree that you need a fence if you have both of these.
There isn’t a dog parent alive who doesn’t enjoy the sight of their four-footed friends romping and playing in the yard with that big sloppy grin on their faces.
The problem arises if your dog tends to run out onto the street to chase cars, disturb neighbors, get into scraps, scare kids or terrify the pizza delivery guy. Or you want to ensure that your dog remains inside your own boundaries. Remember that you could be liable to a personal injury suit if your dog bites or attacks someone.
With cats, pet parents are worried about their independent ways of wandering off at night or during the day to explore the garden and neighborhood.
The choice is whether to have a traditional picket or panel fence or go wireless with a “fence” that demarcates areas of your yard and sets the parameters for your canny canine or quick-witted kitty.
What Is A Wireless Pet Fence?
If you thought they were a new invention, you’re about four decades off the mark. Electronic dog fences have been around since 1973, when a traveling salesman, Richard Peck, noticed that pet dogs running around outside their homes were often victims of hit and run accidents. He created a prototype of an electronic fence system. Three years later, the rights to the patent were purchased by another salesman named John Purtell, who rebranded it as an “Invisible Fence.” These were wired systems with underground wires buried around the designated area. Today, electronics are used to create wireless systems.
Many urban and rural areas in the country don’t allow the installation of fences around properties. In such cases, the wireless fence is a perfect choice. It is a system of creating a particular area in which the pet can be contained safely without a physical wooden or metal fence. The system uses modern technology to control your dog’s movements by emitting a mild electrical impulse or sound from the collar it wears when the dog approaches the territorial limits. This stimulus has to be learned by the pet so that it gets conditioned to obey the signals.
You will have to check with your local civic authorities about the legality of the systems and whether they comply with current regulations.
Some municipal codes may not recognize wireless fences and may require the installation of physical fences to contain your pets. Other regions may forbid electronic fences, but the terms may be loosely worded and not specify the type or exact technology.
Benefits of the Pet Fence
The main advantage of the wireless fence is that it’s the right option to use in areas that have regulations about fencing properties. They can be used on cats too. Cat owners are always anxious about the safety of their cherished kitties, who love to roam at night. Cats have territory that covers more than 60 acres sometimes, and they could get hit by passing vehicles, be attacked by dogs or other feral cats.
- They allow your pet to have the freedom to play, run in a certain area
- They’re cheaper than installing a permanent wooden or metal fence
- They’re easy to maintain
- Wireless fences don’t block your view, and they comply with the regulation in no-fence civic areas
- Good for both small and large gardens
- Doggy cannot chew, jump over, dig under this fence
- Can be used in almost any kind of terrain, even underwater
- You can demarcate islands such as flower-beds, swimming pools, or seniors’ walking area
- No anxiety about the gate being left open
- They are portable and can be quickly put up and taken down
How Does The Wireless Pet Fence Work?
The system usually consists of a central transmitter and a signal receiver attached to a collar worn by the dog or cat. It works by creating a geometrically shaped radio signal parameter operated by the central unit. This area can be a small garden at home, rooms inside your apartment, a large country estate, or your backyard. Using GPS mapping for your cat, you can designate the territory into the larger urban space.
The pet is provided with a lightweight sensor attached to its collar, which is programmable and can pick up the electronic signal. This sensor emits a sound signal when the boundary is approached. If it continues to breach the boundary, it is given a mild static impulse (not a shock) or a combination of other signals that inform it that it must not cross the barrier. The dog is taught to understand the system by the owner, preferably when young. Initially, you may have to train the dog with training flags that can be placed along the perimeter of the designated area. This gives the doggy a visual clue about the area to be avoided.
The signal area has 360-degree coverage, so your pet cannot jump over, go under, or around it. It works silently and invisibly without disturbing you.
There are several variations on the format of the wireless pet fence, and pet parents can choose the one that suits them best. One type of fence uses GPS signals to map the perimeter without the need for any physical installation apart from the collar. You can also create smaller containment areas within the main one. Some systems allow for multiple settings, sound-only signals, or stronger electrical impulses for larger dogs.
When you want to take your dog outside the designated perimeter or for a long walk:
- Remove the signal receiver collar and store it safely.
- Don’t switch off the fence.
- Train the dog slowly to cross the boundary because they would have mapped the area mentally.
- When you are re-entering the perimeter, take it slow again to realize that this is a different behavior.
You can train your puppy with the wireless pet fence once they cross the age of 12 weeks and before one year. They should be able to obey basic commands.
There are no limits to the number of pets that can be fitted with the signal collar. Remember that it won’t work for intruders, so if a stray cat or dog wanders into your property, the wireless fence will not deter them.
The fence will work for dogs, cats, cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, and more. Many pet parents are concerned are about the fence harming their wards. Manufacturers assure that the electrical impulse is similar to the one on your exercise belt and not painful or harmful. After a point, the impulse itself may not be necessary because the pet learns to respond to the sound or beep signal and won’t go beyond the avoidance area where the electrical impulse exists.