Oh, the challenges of being a pet parent. One moment, they are enjoying a beautiful sunny day on the lounge chair next to you. The other, they are gone, chasing a chipmunk out of the yard and into the neighbor’s, who has a low tolerance towards intruding canines.
Apart from your screaming neighbor, your escape artist also endangers his own life by breaking out of the yard at the drop of a hat. There are enough horror stories of dogs being hit by passing cars as they dashed out of nowhere. And if he hates a particular dog in the neighborhood, then you may find yourself facing a lawsuit.
The only options you have are to keep him on a leash, or let him enjoy his freedom and get an invisible fence.
An invisible fence is a modern day solution for furry houdinis who break out of the yard at every given opportunity.
What is an invisible fence?
An invisible fence, also called an underground fence is a pet containment system that does not require you to erect an obstructive barrier. It relies on a combination of electronics, training and cutting edge technology to create a deterrent for your pet, from leaving the premises.
How does it work?
An insulated wire is placed 3 to 4 inches underground along the perimeter of your property, which is then connected to a transmitter which may be kept in the garage or your basement. The dog wears a light weight computerized collar that is wirelessly connected to the fencing system. The collar is also called asa receiver in technical verbiage. When the pet approaches the fence, the transmitter sends out a tone or a warning sound that deters the dog from crossing over. It is similar in working to an ultrasonic collar that is frequently used to prevent dogs from barking.
In some types of invisible fences, a mild static shock may also be used as a correction to instill the adherence to rules in problematic dogs.
Is it safe for pets?
The words electric, wires, transmitters and receivers on your pet’s neck does not paint a rosy picture. But contrary to popular notion, an invisible fence is completely safe and is recommended for use by professional dog trainers and veterinarians. In fact, the correction never hurts the dog. It only startles them and in most cases, the dog does not challenge it after a couple of attempts. The correctional jolt is often compared to the tingling one feels upon moving the hands on a television screen or the like a sudden splash of water on the face. It’s very mild but very effective.
Some features of an invisible fence
Depending on the size of the fencing area, the area of the yard, the type and the size of the dog, you can choose between a wired and a wireless invisible fence for dogs.
Wired: As mentioned above, it involves burying an insulated wire around your property’s edges.
Wireless: A wireless invisible fence can be set up in minutes. It has a transmitter which creates an invisible boundary area around your house. Typical wireless fence models protect up to ¾ of an acre which is sufficient for small to medium sized houses.
Some of the advantages of using an temporary invisible fence system over a traditional one are:
- Easy and effortless installation
- No unwanted clutter around the house
- Can contain multiple pets with ease
- Completely safe and humane
- Can be portable if you choose the wireless version
- Thousands of dollars cheaper than normal fences
- Numerous programmable options to customize it.
So, if you are frustrated with the repeated escape attempts of the resident furry Houdini, maybe its time you considered getting a wireless invisible fence.