Electric Dog Fences – What they are and how they work

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We have become accustomed to an increasing influence by technology on our lives. Check out these advancements in dog fences.

Micro-chipping your dog to store vet and health info, getting GPS tracking system on them, monitor your pets health and fitness through a mobile app – this is all awesome and great. But sometimes, it seems, the marriage of your investment in technology and desire to micromanage dogs becomes detrimental. 

One of the examples here are the electric dog fences. 

Some might find these measures over-the-top, and we’d largely agree. However, there are definitely situations where control over the dogs is critical.

Dogs are often used to guard some area or facility, even homes if you’re specifically training the dog for such a duty. However, it’s also important to note that you have to take precautions to ensure the safety of other people in regards to your dog. Electrical dog fence is one way of safeguarding your pet inside your house or your property.

Dog fences aren’t that secure

More often than not dogs can get out from wherever they are placed. They don’t require any special skills. Being innately intelligent – German Shepherds in particular are going to find an easy way out of your property or apartment and you’ll be responsible for all the damage done to others. Dog owners are increasingly wary of such situations. The damages can reach tens of thousands of dollars, and it’s much more efficient to ensure the dog in not able to cause it.

Dog Safety & Colars @sabonhomeblog
Dog Safety & Colars @sabonhomeblog

Electric fences are extremely potent, in this regard. Dogs are sensitive to electric shock just like humans are. In order to install such a fence, you won’t even need a lot of equipment or training. You might need a transmitter signal, wire, yard basics, flags, scoop or trencher and wire connectors. A simple Internet tutorial will teach you how to install the whole thing in a matter of hours.

There are a couple of things which you have to consider when putting an electrical dog fence.

First, you have to take into account the area which you’ll be using. If there are lots of foot traffic there it might be a bad idea. Getting someone electrocuted is not an option. Other than that you’re good to go. A special collar for the dog will track its proximity to the fence and will send a minor electric shock if the dog will breach the territory designated for them. 

It must be noted, that similar electric shocks are used in anti-barking collars, that are widely used for dogs. So for those who are worried about health repercussions – no need for that. Such fences are tested and approved by various vet organisations.

Finally, you should really examine the need for such a fence. People live all over, so you really might need a fence to protect the dog from the wild animals, traffic, open water bodies and so on. But in case you live in a relatively calm and peaceful territory and your German Shepherd isn’t really a vicious beast, you might want to reconsider. 

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