Underground fences – Dog fencing

You have a dog, and you want it to stay in the yard and out of the neighbor's flowers. You consider putting up fencing, but it costs more than you're willing to part with, and besides, you're not looking to put up six-foot high stockade fencing along your front yard just to keep your dog from wandering.

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A dog run seems a little severe, and tying your pet up to a post or tree means you are constantly going outside to untangle the lead.

Do you have any other options? Yes, you do! It's nice to live in the electronic age, where underground fence can be installed, and is invisible to everybody except your pet. An underground fence is also known as invisible fence. The system relies on a special collar that is fitted to your dog of 5 pounds or greater, and a wire buried in the soil or run along a building foundation or fence line.

The heart of the underground dog fence is the dog collar. It is a PetSafe® battery-operated device with a radio receiver, an audible beep, and two metal nibs that rest against the dog's skin. It works in conjunction with the underground fencing wire that is placed around the perimeter of the area to contain your dog. The ends of the wire are attached to a radio signal generator, which is placed indoors.

As the dog approaches the perimeter wire, the collar senses the weak radio signal. First, the collar gives an audible beep, and if the dog stays close to the perimeter, a harmless static shock is delivered through the nibs to discourage further movement in that direction.

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The system is not designed to be an install-and-forget experience. Manufacturers recommend a structured training period of two weeks at 10 or so minutes per day to familiarize your dog with the system. Training considerations include fitting the collar on the dog for several days with the system turned off before beginning perimeter training to assure that the dog associates the shock with the perimeter, not the collar itself. Additionally, the first few perimeter training experiences should be on a leash, so the owner can quickly show the dog where "safe" zones are when they first encounter the unexpected beep and shock.

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