Wireless Electric Dog Fence
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Wireless Electric Dog Fence

The wireless electric dog fence is becoming more and more popular each year, since it is comparatively easy to install and can be used in places where you do not wish to erect a visible fence. The wireless electric dog fence has been widely used since the 1970s.

Many different wireless electric dog fences are available today, and you can have your pick among a serious of different designs from various manufacturers. The basic idea behind the wireless electric dog fence is however the same. The three basic components of any wireless electronic dog fence are underground wiring, a transmitter, and a dog collar with a lightweight receiver.

The transmitter will use the underground wiring to broadcast a radio signal. The underground wire works just like the antenna of an ordinary radio. When the lightweight receiver worn by your dog gets close to the underground wire, it will pick up the signal. The signal will then trigger a correction signal to your dog, and your dog will understand that it has reached a boundary and should not venture any further. The transmitter used in a wireless electric dog fence is weak, so the signal around the underground wire is very limited.

For a wireless electric dog fence to work, you must always combine it with training. Simply installing a wireless electric dog fence will only make your dog confused and the efficiency of the fence will be greatly reduced. You have to teach your dog what the correction signal means and that that the dog is not allowed venturing any further away from your property when it feels the signal. 

An advanced wireless electric dog fence can use two different signals. The system can feel how far away from the fence the dog is, use two different levels of correction. The first correction signal can be quite weak and if the dog picks it up and understands what it means, it never has to be exposed to the stronger correction signal. In most designs, the first correction sign consists of sound, such as beeping, and serves as a warning for the dog. The sound can change and thereby make the dog realise that it is going in the wrong direction. The second correction sign varies depending on manufacturer. The two most commonly used corrections are static electricity or a spray of citronella.

Static electricity might seem cruel, but you are not electrocuting your dog. The sensation is that same one that you can get when you touch a faucet after having walked around on an indoor carpet. Static electricity will not harm your dog, it is merely unpleasant. A problem with the wireless electric dog fence is of course that a dog can choose to ignore the unpleasant sensation and cross the boundary.

One of the reasons behind the increased popularity of the wireless electric dog fence is probably neighbourhood restrictions regarding type and height of garden fences. The fence type allowed in a certain neighbourhood may not be enough to keep a dog in, and the wireless electric dog fence is then a great alternative. Many neighbourhoods do not appreciate high fences since they block the view and make it easier for burglars to work uninterrupted.

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