Did you decide that it’s finally the time to put up a fence in order to keep your dog safe from his own curiosity? This is a wise decision, but sadly it’s only half of it. You also have to think about the type of fence to install: do you need a classic fence with wires buried underground or are you prepared to step it up a notch and get a wireless fence?
It’s time to learn a bit more about each type of fence and understand the pros and cons on 5 of the factors that may influence your decision.
The setup is fairly easy on both systems, but they both require some preparations and time.
The wireless fence will protect your garden as it doesn’t require any digging and they are easier to setup. They work based on radio signal and establish a circular containment area around a central unit that is usually placed in your home. In conclusion, the main advantage with these fences, besides keeping the gardens’ aesthetics, is the fact that you save money and time. The disadvantage is the un-flexibility of the area as wireless fences aren’t easily customizable.
The wired fence does require some effort as you’ll have to dig around the confinement perimeter in order to bury the cables. If you have a large property and you want to allow your dog access to all the space then the invested time and effort will be considerable. The main advantage with these fences is the fact that you can customize the area as you like.
The wireless fence is easy to move around as the confinement area moves with the unit so you can reset the boundaries in a matter of minutes. These fences are also great when you need to confine your dog in another location like when you go camping or when you have people over.
The wired fence is difficult to move and/or change once it was installed. This is a more permanent type of solution and if you want to add buildings on the property you might want to plan that ahead.
#3: Your Property
The main disadvantage on wireless systems is the fact that they are easily influenced by the environment and other objects. If you have lots of trees and bushes in your back yard then the unit may not function correctly. Also, large metal objects like refrigerators and other buildings can create disturbances in the transmission.
Wireless systems are a better fit for large properties with lots of open space where the signal is not influenced by any objects or other WiFi signals.
On the other hand, with wired fences you can make sure the fence will be active at all times and you can shape the confinement area as you want. The only problem with this type of system is that it is rather difficult to put wires under pathways or other construction items in your yard.
#4: How Reliable is the Signal
Both systems are based on sending a signal towards a collar worn by the dog when he/she overcomes the boundaries of the confinement area.
With wireless fence systems, the boundaries are in constant change as they can be affected by environmental factors. This may create confusion in the dog training process and add an extra level of difficulty to the communication between dog and the owner.
The wired systems create a fixed boundary that will always be active and stable, fact that makes these systems more popular.
#5: The price
The price varies for both systems according to different factors like the size of your property, the type of confinement area you are interested in creating, and others. For example, a wired system with 200 meters of cable, a collar, and a rechargeable receiver unit, costs around $120. To this, you have to add the installation and maintenance costs. If you do it yourself, you have to consider the time you will need to invest. Of course, the price will be bigger if you want a larger confinement area or if you have more than 1 dog.
A wireless system for 1 dog that will cover ½ an acre will cost around $150. You can buy extra collars for the same confinement area and extra flags if you want a larger space for your dogs. The installation is easy and you can do it by following the steps described in the instruction manual.
As you can see, there are pros and cons for each of those systems, but now, that you have the necessary information you can actually take the right decision.
That’s the ‘Cliff Notes’ version but head over to this article if you want more information about the cost of using wireless dog fence.