How Do Dog Fences Work?

Whether you're looking to take down an older, unsightly fence or if you just want to train your dog to "stay" without using a physical barrier, a dog fence could be a perfect addition to your backyard. For years, pet owners have relied on electric fences to keep Fido grounded in the backyard. By using special collars and a system of "boundary lines," modern fence systems are even more effective than a traditional fence since they train your pooch while keeping them inbounds.

When a dog becomes acquainted to its new fence, he or she quickly appreciates the freedom of the open space in your yard. Instead of the enclosed barrier of a wooden or chain link fence, your pet and your family can enjoy your property with an unobstructed view. Electric fences can be used with nearly any size dog and training is relatively easy, which is great for dogs that are prone to digging holes around traditional fences.

The Science Behind The Fence

In the mid 1970s, dog trainers worked to develop the electric dog fence. By using the simple idea of placing a boundary wire somewhere that transmitted to a receiving collar, the new dog fence was born.

For years, pet companies have invested countless hours to produce the perfect collar, wire, and transmitter to keep pets safe and secure in their yards.

Most modern pet fences have the ability to customize the stimulation settings. Some have auto-adjusting levels that will change depending on the dog's behavior. Other collars can be set manually. All of the best fences on the market today are battery powered. The way they keep pups safe is when they get near the boundary line a slight correctional stimulation will be released. If the dog continues past the line he or she will continue getting a shock, which will encourage moving within the boundary. Pet trainers estimate that it will take between one to two weeks for pooches to become adjusted to the new limits.

Unfortunately, because of the correctional stimulation that these fences emit, the products have become a sore subject in the media and with animal rights vocalists. Some people seem to think they can harm you and your dog. However, electric fences will only provide a shock to the dog that is wearing the specialized collar. Plus, the intensity of the shock can be adjusted to the weight of the dog in some cases.

The stimulation to the dogs will not leave any permanent damage and is completely humane. Electric dog fences will give your pet a warning (either a beep, slight shock or a vibration) as they approach the boundary line, if they continue closer to the limits then a quick correctional shock is released. The shock will discourage the dog to go any farther. Dogs tend to catch on quickly, however it works best if you train them a few minutes every day.

Modern pet fences have been designed to train your dog to stay close to your property. Depending on your dog's stubbornness and training methods used, it is common for pet fences to only be used for a year before your dog understands how far their boundaries can be pushed without repercussion.

So, if you've ever wanted to let Fido outside without having to worry about them running away or if you just want to have a bit of "pet protection" without the addition of an ugly wooden fence, remember that you have another option. Thousands of pet owners have used electric dog fences with positive results. You could be next...

If you're looking for a Dog Fence to purchase, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The dog lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the products that we carry in our catalogue

By Sean Bowes
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