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underground dog fence

An electric dog fence isn’t really a fence, at least in the physical sense. Electric dog fences are made up of two primary components: a transmitting wire and a dog collar receiver. In most cases, the wire, which typically comes in 500′ to 1000′ lengths, gets buried underground, making it in effect an invisible fence — a brand name frequently used in a generic sense to refer to invisible dog fence systems. The dog collar receives the signal transmitted by the wire once it’s in range. Once it receives the signal, the collar issues a beep to alert the dog, and also issues a mild electric shock. The intensity of the shock is adjustable, and larger dogs might require a greater shock to be an effective deterrent.

As you can probably imagine, more than a few animal lovers object to using an electric fence for dogs on general principle, insisting that the solution is inhumane. Defenders of electric fences for dogs insist that the shock delivered is too mild to be traumatic. You can spend all day looking up arguments for either position online without finding conclusive evidence one way or another. Ultimately, whether or not you decide to employ a dog electric fence is a judgment call you’ll have to make on incomplete information.

Electric dog fencing has a number of advantages over a physical dog fence. Homeowners might be prohibited by their neighbors from installing physical fences and barriers. Most wireless electric dog fence systems, generally under $300, cost a fraction of what wood or metal fences would cost. Unlike underground dog fence systems, physical fences are easily dug under or jumped over by many dogs, making them a poor solution if pet containment is the main reason for installing them.

Furthermore, while an electronic dog fence is sometimes referred to as an underground electric dog fence, nothing prevents owners from installing the wire above ground, indoors, or in any desired location to prevent dogs to wandering into areas that should be off-limits, like pools, gardens, or particular rooms.

But dog electric fences have definite drawbacks. They’re inherently a one-way safeguard: they may prevent dogs from escaping, but do nothing to keep animals and other intruders off of your property. Even a not-so-mild shock may not prevent a determined dog from running beyond the perimeter, and the shock associated with crossing that perimeter may actually discourage the dog from returning.

Electric fences for dogs do not work like simple appliances; they have to be supplemented with voice training in order for the dogs to understand that the perimeter is not to be crossed. Finally, owners must be diligent about checking the batteries. Forgetting to charge them is easy to do, and a dead electric dog fence is like having no fence.

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