Wireless Dog Fence
Wireless dog fences are a great option for those people who cannot or do not want to bury wire in the ground, those who desire portability, and those who plan to use their containment system in the field. Electric dog fences used to be limited to the traditional buried wire variety, but no more! While the traditional in-ground electric dog fence is still the more reliable and customizable choice, the newer wireless options are increasing in popularity.
Wireless Dog Fence Benefits
Wireless dog fencing offers many more options today than in the past. Flexpetz.com offers indoor wireless fences, outdoor wireless fences and even combination containment, remote training and tracking systems that function primarily on GPS. The technology has improved dramatically in recent years. When wireless fences were first invented, there was only one available option and it wasn't very reliable. Now we have several manufacturers offering a range of technologies and feature rich wireless fence options.
Wireless pet fences are an ideal choice for the dog owner who moves frequently or who is unable to bury a wire in their yard. Wireless fences are the perfect solution for pets on the go - their portability is ideal for RVs or mobile homes. The components include a transmitter (base unit), removable training flags, and a receiver collar for your dog to wear. The set up requires no tools or special equipment. A wireless fence is a simple hour or two project.
Radio Signal Wireless Dog Fences
PetSafe wireless fences are a favorite choice for general use wireless containment. PetSafe offers two outdoor wireless containment options: The original PetSafe Wireless Dog Fence (PIF-300) and the newer PetSafe Stay + Play Wireless Fence (PIF00-12917). Both systems are user-friendly and easy to set up.
The Stay + Play Wireless Fence will contain any number of dogs within up to ¾ of an acre. The system features a small, rechargeable, waterproof receiver collar.
The PetSafe Wireless Dog Fence will cover up to ½ acre of containment and uses a replaceable battery. Please see our product information pages for more detailed information.
WiFi Dog Fences
Another option is the Perimeter Technologies WiFi dog fence. This system operates on wireless technology similar to smartphones and other portable electronic devices. The Perimeter WiFi fence covers up to 2 ½ acres and can accommodate up to two dogs simultaneously. The WiFi dog fence offers some cutting-edge and useful technology like digital frequency encoding, but is still lacking in reliability even compared to other wireless fence options.
GPS Dog Fences
The newest wireless system available functions primarily using GPS satellite communication and is the only truly portable electric dog fence containment system designed to be used in the field or in motion. The DE Systems Border Patrol Wireless System is an electric fence, remote training, and tracking system all wrapped up into one neat little portable bundle. The handheld, walkie talkie sized, transmitter is the first of its kind - a revolution in wireless containment in the field. The GPS technology is incredibly accurate, even at the max distances but may be cost-prohibitive for most people.
Wireless Dog Fence Extra Collars
Most pet containment systems may be used with multiple dogs but the system usually comes packaged with just a single collar. If you wish to add one or two more pets to your pet containment fencing system, you simply need to purchase additional compatible collars. Depending on the wireless fence you use, there may be one or several collar models that are compatible.
Wireless Fence Batteries and Chargers
The leading cause of breakouts is a dead collar battery. To avoid breakouts and keep your dog safe, always keep spare batteries or a working charger on hand. Whether your fence collar uses replaceable or rechargeable batteries depends on the specific system. Wireless pet fences are designed to be reliable, convenient, easy to use, and long-lasting so simply find a wireless fence battery and charger in our product selection and your unit will be back to working properly again.
Wireless Fence Extra Transmitters
Extra transmitters are available as replacements or upgrades as well as for expansion purposes. PetSafe wireless fence perimeters can be expanded through the addition of an overlapping transmitter. In order to expand your system you’ll install the transmitters and set the boundary size in such a way that the two radio signal circles will overlap to create a larger oval-shaped containment zone. This expansion capacity is particularly useful for larger and rectangular properties.
As you can see, www.flexpetz.com offers wireless pet fences and their corresponding accessories for all of your pet containment needs. We invite you to explore our detailed product descriptions and reviews to help you choose the perfect wireless fence for your four-legged friend. Of course, our technicians are happy to guide you every step of the way! Please call 1-800-396-5517 to speak to an experienced technician.
Wired Pet Containment Systems
Here is how a wired pet containment system works. You encircle your property with dog fence wire, burying it just a few inches deep. This wire becomes your dog’s boundary that they learn not to cross. An antenna signal runs through the dog fence wire. Your dog fence transmitter is hooked up to the wire, which transmits a radio signal throughout. Your dog wears a special receiver collar. Should the dog approach the wire, the collar picks up the radio signal and causes a corrective stimulation to be delivered to the dog, through contact points on the dog’s collar. In the beginning, flags around your property provide a visual cue to reinforce to your dog where he or she cannot cross. After a bit of training from you, combined with learning through the static correction, your dog learns to stay within the boundaries.
The main advantage of a wired system is that you have the flexibility to lay the boundary exactly where you want it to be. You are able to customize your boundary to your own individual property. The enclosed area can be large or small, and can be in any shape you desire. In addition to this, you can also create no-go zones within your enclosed area, if you want to protect a flowerbed or other structure for example.
Wireless Pet Containment Systems
Now, let’s talk about a wireless pet containment system. Although the concept is the same, instead of customizing your border exactly where you want it to be, your wireless boundary exists in the form of a circle. The only control you have over the boundary is how large or small your containment circle will be. Although this works for some properties, it doesn’t work as well for others. For example, if your property is rectangular, a circular field won’t allow your dog to have access to your entire yard.
With that being said, the main advantage of a wireless dog fence is that it is effortless to install. With no wires to bury, all you do is plug it in, set the size of your circle and put the collar on your dog.
Another aspect to consider is reliability. With a wireless dog fence, there are several situations which can cause the signal to be unreliable. These include sloping on your property, too many trees, stucco siding on your home and a metal roof. In contrast, none of these situations will cause any problems with a wired dog fence.
Whether your pet containment system is wired or wireless, both operate through the generation of electronic radio fields. With wired, this signal travels through the wire. With wireless, the invisible signal radiates from the transmitter. In both cases, the dog fence transmitter is connected to your home’s AC current. This means in either case, your system may be vulnerable to power surges.
Should your system be struck by lightning, without lightning protection, the transmitter may become permanently damaged and rendered useless. This means your dog will be left unprotected. This is why connecting your system to a quality lightning surge protector is highly recommended.
A majority of pet containment systems do not offer battery backup to support the system during a power outage. If you are concerned about this happening, you can just pick up a battery backup that you would use to connect to a computer for example, to provide backup power to your dog fence.
Every one of the dog fences we sell provide an audible warning if the fence is no longer operational. If an audible warning is heard on the transmitter, this always means there is a problem. In most cases, it means there is a break somewhere in your wire. Because your wire must always be in a closed loop back to your transmitter, any break in the wire will cause the fence to fail. Should you find you have a wire break, troubleshooting your system with a wire break detector will let you know exactly where the wire has broken.
Installing With a Single Transmitter
Installing With Multiple Wireless Transmitters
Begin by choosing the layout that works best for what you are trying to accomplish. Use our dog fence layout information shown below to help with this. Before burying the wire, test the system to make sure there is a complete loop back to the transmitter, which is the only way the fence will function. A complete loop is created with your boundary wire, and then a small length of twisted wire is used to connect your boundary loop to your transmitter, located in your home or other weatherproof location. We will touch more on the subject of twisted wire later.
Some people are concerned that burying the wire will be a task that is too big for them to accomplish. However, it is easier than you might think. Begin by using a shovel to slice open the soil a bit. The wire only needs to go down an inch or two. After placing the wire in the crack, just brush the dirt back over the seam. You can also use a wire trencher if you like. A wire trencher will create the trench and place the wire inside of it at the same time.
Basic Installation: Enclosing Both Your Front and Backyard
To connect this loop to your dog fence transmitter located indoors, you will need to use twisted wire. When 2 dog fence wires are twisted together, the signal becomes neutral, and will not correct your dog for crossing over it. Our ProGrade Dog Fence Kits come complete with 50 feet of twisted wire, which is enough for most situations. You can also choose to make your own if you desire. You just need to make sure there is at least 1 twist per inch.
You may be wondering what to do if you need the wire to cross a sidewalk or paved driveway. Here are several options for handling this:
The Double Loop Method: For Containing the Front or Backyard Only
Since your dog fence wire must be in a continuous loop in order for your fence to function, how can you contain only your backyard without having to circle in front of your house? The answer is the double loop method. Here is how you can accomplish this.
Begin the wire at the transmitter, and end it at the transmitter. Run your perimeter loop around your property. To keep the loop continuous, double the wire, running it parallel to the wire you just placed down. It is important to keep at least 4 feet between the parallel wires, or else the signal will cancel itself out.
The Over the House Method: For Containing the Front or Backyard Only
Perhaps you want to avoid having to double loop your dog fence wire in order to only contain your front or backyard. Here is one way to do that, although we admittedly don’t recommend this layout. The reason for this is because the signal can potentially “spill” into the bordering areas inside of your home. This can cause your dog’s collar to be activated when he or she is indoors.
Run the wire up and over your house, using the gutters and downspouts. Continue the loop on the ground until you have created your containment circle.
Blocking Off an Entrance/Exit to a Gate, Only
Perhaps you already have a physical fence installed, and you just need to stop your dogs from going in and out of an opening in the fence. Here is how you can accomplish that.
Will your small loop need to cross over your driveway or sidewalk? Here is a refresher on what to do about that.
Installing to Reinforce Your Existing Physical Fence
Is your dog able to get out of your physical fence? This is a very common situation. Determined dogs will dig under a physical fence, or try to propel themselves over it. Your dog ends up getting out of your yard, and into the dangers of the outside world. How can you remedy this? By reinforcing your physical fence with an electric dog fence. Your dog won’t be able to go under or over the wire, without receiving a correction. In turn, your dog is likely to begin distancing himself from the physical fence altogether.
Waterfront Limited Water Access
Perhaps you have a waterfront property, and you would like your dog to be able to enter the lake behind your home. What you can do, is run your dog fence wire directly into the water.
One Sided Open-Ended Exit and Entrance
Some people need to have part of their fence neutral, so that their dog can enter and exit at in a specific area. For example, there may be a lake that you want your dog to be able to freely access. This open-ended layout helps you to accomplish this.
To begin with, your dog should be at least 6 months old, and be able to obey basic commands, such as come, sit and stay.
Some people assume that all they need to do is put the transmitter collar on their dog, and their dog will figure the whole thing out. That unfortunately won’t work. Since the fence is invisible, your dog will need some guidance, in the form of training. If your dog doesn’t understand how the fence works, he may not want to go into the yard at all, or may be afraid to move freely within the yard. Although your pet containment system is safe and humane, it won’t work without training from you. Here are some basics to keep in mind while training.
- • Before you activate the dog’s receiver collar, allow him or her to wear the collar for 3-5 days. This lets the dog get used to the collar. The idea is for the dog to associate the correction with the boundary itself, as opposed to the collar.
- • The receiver collar must be fitted snugly against your dog’s skin. Ideally, you should only be able to get one finger between the probes on the collar and the skin on your dog’s neck.
- • The receiver collar should not be worn more than 12 hours at a time. This is because the dog’s skin can become irritated, causing sores if left on longer than that. For the remaining 12 hours, your dog should be kept indoors or in a kennel.
- • Place flags around your property, in the location where your dog’s boundary exists. This gives your dog a visual cue/reminder that the boundary exists there. These flags can be removed after about a month.
- • Visit our Complete Online Training Guide for More Specific Instructions
Creating an “Invisible Gate”
What can you do when you want your dog to be able to leave the perimeter when you want him to? Here is how to create a space where he can comfortably exit without fear.
- Remove the dog’s receiver collar, or deactivate the system.
- Select a specific spot on the perimeter, where you will go to every time you want your dog to exit.
- The receiver collar should not be worn more than 12 hours at a time. This is because the dog’s skin can become irritated, causing sores if left on longer than that. For the remaining 12 hours, your dog should be kept indoors or in a kennel.
- Place flags around your property, in the location where your dog’s boundary exists. This gives your dog a visual cue/reminder that the boundary exists there. These flags can be removed after about a month.
- Visit our Complete Online Training Guide for More Specific Instructions
1. How old does my dog need to be before using a pet containment system?
Answer: 6 months old is a good rule of thumb. Your dog should be able to obey basic commands.
2. After determining the system is functioning properly, what if the dog is ignoring the boundary?
Answer: The dog needs more training. Retrain the dog by putting it on a long leash. Once the dog feels the correction, pull him out of the correction area and redirected to sit and stay.
3. After the dog has been trained, how can I take him out of the boundary when I need to?
Answer: Create an “Invisible Gate,” following the steps outlined in the section above.
4. What if my dog keeps running through the fence at one specific spot?
Answer: Begin by walking him to this location on a long leash. Have someone else walk by that spot, perhaps with their dog. When your dog tries to leave, pull him back and redirect him to sit and stay.
5. What is the “dummy collar” effect?
Answer: this is when the dog wears the collar for 3-7 days without it being activated. This will cause the dog to associate the correction with the boundary, and not with the collar itself.
6. Should the dog be on or off the leash when corrected for the first time?
Answer: On the leash. This will allow you to redirect your dog when they decide to cross the boundary.
7. How long do the flags need to remain in the yard, marking the boundary?
Answer: For at least 2 weeks, but up to 30 days if necessary.
8. What is the “safe zone?
Answer: This is the area in your yard that your dog can safely roam within, without receiving a correction.
9. What if one of my dogs likes to chew on the other dog’s collar?
Answer: When you see your dog doing this, pull him off, and redirect the dog to sit and stay.
10. Is this form of pet containment humane?
Answer: Absolutely. Although the sensation of a static correction is uncomfortable to the dog, it does not harm him or her.