What Brand of Dog Fence Should I buy?
A. Every company tells you to buy their brand because “it’s the best.” Electric Dog Fence.com does not represent any particular brand. Our technicians have installed just about every brand of dog fence on the market. All Electric Dogs Fences work primarily the same way. A transmitter is used to power an underground cable, your dog(s) wears an electric dog fence collar, Boundary flags are placed around the perimeter of the yard to give the dog a clear defined boundary and finally, your dog is trained to boundaries you establish.
B. Our experience can help you determine which brand of electric dog fence fits your needs best and how to successfully install it. Our technicians have extensive experience installing and servicing all of our brands. Feel free to read our product descriptions or reviews or contact one of our technicians who are standing by at 800-396-5517 or complete the contact form.
C. We sell PetSafe®, Sport Dog® and Innotek® brand electric dog fences. All of these dog fences have unique features which may or may not be appropriate for your property, dog size, temperament, or budget.
Is it difficult to install an electric dog fence?
A. This question comes up frequently after someone learns how much a professionally installed electric dog fence like Invisible Fence®, Dog Watch®, or Pet Stop® costs. These companies charge on average between $700 and $1500 and as much as $5000.00 for a professionally installed dog fence. You can do it yourself for significantly less, typically for $300-$500.
B. Electric Dog Fences are not that hard to install, but can vary considerably based upon your terrain. Most average ½ acre lots take about 3-6 hours. If you are doing an above ground installation or setting up a wireless containment system, this time will be considerably shorter.
C. The amount of time you spend installing a dog fence also varies based upon what type of equipment you are using to bury your underground fence cable. If you plan on burying your fence cable by hand, you can expect to spend much more time installing the dog fence system. Power edger and trenching machines are readily available for rent at many local rental centers. You can also review this link to see how a trenching machine will greatly decrease your installation time.
D. If you are not comfortable installing your own fence cable, most handy men can easily install an electric dog fence. You will still save at least $400-$500 even after labor costs in comparison a professional Invisible Fence® installer.
Do Electric Dog Fences really work?
Yes, electric dog fences work. Companies like Invisible Fence® boast a 99.2 percent success rate. They also state 9 out of 10 veterinarians recommend their system. Most of our technicians are actually former Invisible Fence installers and can give you proper installation tips, training tips and general know how. You will have the same success rates as the professional companies with 1/5 the cost and a better quality system. You can expect less maintenance and long term residual costs then the expensive professionally installed systems.
Electronic dog fences do occasionally fail. Most of the time, however, they work flawlessly. So, what’s the difference? Why do most dogs respond well to a dog fence, while small percentages do not? The answer is that most professionaly installed failures are not a result of the technology itself. Instead, they are caused by inadequate training or low-quality hardware. Some scenarios are something as simple as a loose collar, or dead battery. We have run into all of these scenarios hundreds of times and can help you every step of the way from the purchase of your electric dog fence system, training, and continued ongoing support through the life of your system.
How do electric dog fences work?
Electric dog fences are a safe, effective and hidden way to contain your dog within his or her boundaries. With this type of product your dog can be contained on your property without having to pay for an expensive traditional fence. A traditional fence can be unsightly, and your dog may just climb over, dig under, or get through a gate.
With electric dog fencing your pet can also be in the front yard. Dogs are curious animals and hate being stuck in the back yard where they can’t see what is going on. When they are in the back, every sound they hear they think maybe you, thus building up a lot of frustration. This frustration can lead to annoying behaviors such as nuisance barking and digging. Allowing the dog to go to the front yard will satisfy his curiosity, thus making your dog calmer. The front yard offers your dog entertainment. He gets to see the mail man, the FedEx truck, the UPS truck, the school bus, and other things of interest including you, when you arrive home. You can create off areas with electric fencing, such as a pool, flower or garden area. You can have your front yard separate from your back yard. If your pet runs out the front door he can be contained.
Installation is easy. The buried wire boundary can be installed in virtually any configuration the owner chooses. Please consult our installation guide for sample layouts and suggestions.
When a dog approaches the boundary area, he receives a warning tone. After a two second delay, if the dog hasn’t retreated, the tone is followed by a mild static electric stimulus, which is set to match his temperament. If he still continues toward the boundary, Innotek exclusive Dual Zone feature boosts the stimulation to the highest level, helping prevent run-through. Most dogs learn to avoid the boundary area in a short time.
Does the correction cause pain or harm to my dog?
No. The correction is safe, painless and humane. While the correction is unpleasant, it is harmless to your pet. Electric training devices require interaction and training from the owner to achieve desired results. Most fences come with comprehensive video and training manuals. These tools were developed with veterinarians and animal behaviorists to ensure safety and peace of mind for you and your pet.
The University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine conducted extensive research on the short-and long-term effects of this type of fencing and found no long term or short term negative side effects. The study proved it was extremely effective for influencing behavior of animals and keeping them contained in a specified area. Many professional companies also boast of endorsements from the Humane Society, S.P.C.A. and local Veterinarians.
How old does a dog have to be before starting training?
This usually depends on the owner and the breed of dog, but the general rule is that the dog should be at least 6 months of age.
What is the best way to take the dog out of the boundary?
Create what is called a “hidden gate” and take the dog out only through this gate. The best solution to this is not to take the dog off the property during the training phase. Once the dog is trained to stay within its boundaries you can begin to train the dog to cross the boundary when you want it to. Using the “hidden gate” such as at the end of the driveway, you condition the dog to cross when you choose. Let’s say you want to take the dog for a walk around the neighborhood, take the electric fence collar off and put the dog’s leash on at the same time. Walk the dog to the end of the driveway, the dog will stop because he has been trained not to cross the boundary. Stop with him/her and give the command, “It’s OK” and motion forward with your hand. In the beginning, follow these instructions twice, and then gently push the dog across the boundary repeating “It’s OK” until the dog is across the line. Repeat the process when you return from your walk. Do this every day in the same manner and within one week the dog will cross the boundary when you tell them “It’s OK” and motion forward with your hand.
If a dog is running through the system at only one spot in the yard, how is this corrected?
Set him up at this location. For example, have him on a long leash and then have someone else walk by that spot or walk their dog by that spot. When the dog attempts to leave – pull him back with the leash and then redirect him to the “sit” and “stay” commands.
The first time the dog receives the correction should he be on or off a leash?
The dog should be on a leash. This way the owner can easily control the dog from his natural reaction which is to run forward.
How long should the flags stay up in my yard?
All training flags should remain in the yard for at least 2 weeks, after the dog is contained within his boundaries. Then remove every other flag, every other day. Most flags are completely gone after approximately 45 days from the day the fence is installed.
Can I use this system to train my dog to stop jumping over or digging under wood or metal fences?
Yes. In fact approximately 40% of those buying an electric dog fence already own an existing physical fence.
How does my dog learn their boundaries?
Dogs learn the boundaries through voice commands, audible warning signals from the receiver collar and visual flags that are part of the electric dog fence. Your dog goes through a training session with you for a few minutes each day for 7 to 10 days. With training, the dog remembers the placement of the flags and is taught to stay within the containment area. During the training period, flags are slowly taken away. If your dog goes close to the boundary, they will hear a warning sound indicating he is too close to the fence. If the dog stays close to the boundary, he will receive a mild static electronic correction.
What is a Dog Training Collar? (AKA Remote Trainer)
An electric dog training collar offers a pet owner a way to immediately let their dog know what behaviors are unacceptable. Effectively using a dog collar will reinforce careful obedience training. There are a few important things to note regarding the use of this device:
- Shocking a dog without proper training will not do any good. If the dog doesn’t yet understand commands, pressing the shock button will not teach him anything. Be sure to begin with proper training by repeating a command, showing the desired action and praising the dog when he obeys.
- Some dogs may run as far as they can until the shocking stops once they are out of range, others will freeze. These behaviors avoid the pain, but the dog is not learning from this procedure. A dog that acts in this manner needs more training.
- Carefully gage your dog’s reaction to the collar. He should not yelp or be in pain, but instead be mildly uncomfortable. Adjust the levels appropriately.
Is my dog too big (or little)?
Electric dog fences have been proven safe and effective for all pets over 5 lbs. The adjustable collar allows you to create a perfect fit for your pet.
How long should take to train my dog to the fence?
Most dogs are trained to the fence in two weeks or less. Our training section will guide you through the training process from start to finish.
Can lightning harm my system?
It can. We suggest you add a lightening and surge protector to your system. Some basic systems have no lightning warranty and others have a 1 year lightning warranty.
An electronic dog collar can effectively support a training program. It is imperative that this device is used with restraint on appropriate levels with a dog that understands commands.
Q. After my dog is trained does he have to continue wearing the electric dog fence collar?
Yes. It is critical that your dog or cat continue wearing the electric dog fence collar. Having installed thousands of systems we have seen some dogs figure out the fencing is not working in a week and some pets don’t figure it out for a year….but they all figure it out eventualy. You would be amazed at how many times your pet really tests the system most people aren’t aware that most dogs test the dog fence several times a week.
Q. Can electric dog fence burn my dog’s skin?
A. No. This conclusion is a fallacy. Experts in the field have proven this theory invalid. A condition of the skin called pressure necrosis is usually the cause of irritated or damaged skin. This condition can appear to be a burn or lesion, but in most cases is from the owner of the system keeping the dog fence collar on the dog’s neck to tight and or improper cleaning of the metal prongs that secure to the electronics part of the collar, the dog fence collar needs to be adjusted for growth from time to time and adjusted for the dogs growth and long term shrinking of the nylon dog fence collar that keeps the electronics part secured to the neck. The voltage delivered from the receiver is minimal and maximum output is less than 3 volts and is not enough voltage to damage the skin. We support this assertion with a copy of a letter from a study done at the University of Pennsylvania back in the early 1980s. This Study was conducted by Invisible Fence® Brand containment systems the industry leader and original inventor of the product.