You’ve likely thought of pet containment systems if you’ve ever been driving through your neighborhood calling for the family dog. Pet containment systems can be used for many reasons, including protecting your pet’s health, reproductive rights, and neighborly good courtesy. There are many options, such as chain link, rail, and wooden fences. However, an underground or wireless dog fence is becoming more popular.

Underground or wireless pet fencing is a combination technology, training, and electronics. This article will discuss the history, costs, advantages, and warnings of underground pet fencing systems so you and your family can make informed decisions when considering these options.

A little background

Although it is not known when the underground or wireless pet fencing industry began to grow, it was evident that it started in the 1970s. Every brand of underground or wireless pet fencing has a unique history. This industry was established in order to protect pets and make owners who are concerned about their image happy. It has grown in popularity over the years. Professional distributors and resellers are the key to today’s large, underground or wireless pet urns companies. 

Why is there an increase in popularity?

As more suburbs develop around cities, and more subdivisions and neighborhoods are created, restrictions are also becoming more important. Many homeowner associations have policies that limit the size and type of fences. These associations also limit the freedom of pets. The homeowner and the association are happy with underground or wireless pet fences. Because there’s no clutter, the homeowner can keep the pet contained. The association is also happy. You can still opt for underground or wireless pet fences, even if you don’t have to comply with restrictive covenants.

Underground Wiring: Components of the System

The buried wire is a single strand insulated wire. It creates a large loop around your property, and back to the transmitter. Before installing wire you might want to lay out your boundary using spray paint or a garden hose. This will help you to see exactly where your system will be. This step is not necessary if you want to move the boundary. The wire should be buried at least 1 to 3 inches beneath the soil in your yard. The system will still work even if the wire isn’t buried. However, it increases the likelihood of someone tripping over the wire or the lawn mower cutting it. Basic underground or wireless pet fencing kits include a 500-foot roll of 18 gauge multi stranded wire, nuts, and a fastener. A 500-foot roll of wire will cover approximately 1/2 an acre. You can buy from critterfence.com in additional wire and training flags if you need to fence more area. It is important to know that your yard can be wired so that your pet cannot access swimming pools or vegetable/flower gardens. As shown in the above image, you can do this by twisting the wires between the secondary enclosure (your garden or pool) and the primary one (your yard). Twisting two wires together will cancel the signal and allow your pet to roam free within each enclosure.

Basic Training

Underground pet fencing should not be considered a substitute for obedience training. Your pet will soon learn how to behave without correction if you give it the right training. While the age of training a pet varies from one breed to another, it is generally possible to start training them when they are between five and six month old. Underground systems suggest that your pet be worn a collar with a deactivated button for at least a week before you start training to get used to it. You can train your pet to walk on a leash. This will give you control over what happens. Most pets are familiar with a leash and have learned to walk on it. You may consider training your pet to walk on a leash if you don’t use it often. Start by walking slowly for 15 minutes. Continue this process until your pet becomes comfortable with the leash. You should be patient with your pet. He may be nervous about the new “thing” that you are introducing to him.

Caution

In the following situations, underground pet fences won’t work:

Untrained dogs cannot be contained in an underground fence. An underground fence is not recommended if you don’t have the time or are unable to train your pet or your pet is completely wild. Underground fencing will keep your pet safe but not other pets. An underground fence may not be right for you if you have a male dog or other dogs who like to run free and fight. Without power, underground fences will not protect your pet. Look for products that have a backup battery in case of power outages.

You need to understand that even after an underground pet fence is installed (or if you have it professionally installed), there will be occasional maintenance. These are the things you will need to do:

You can teach your pet to stay in the yard if it is safe and right.

Verify that the wire providing the “unseen fence” is still intact and has power. Many models have lights that will not go out if the connection is damaged.

You can test the receiver frequently to make sure it is working properly or replace the battery on a regular schedule. While underground pet fence companies recommend replacing the battery every three month, others will send replacement batteries at a fixed interval if your fence system has them! ) Even intelligent dogs will occasionally test the fence, so be aware. This should be a sign to your dog that you need to shave off the neck and/or change the battery. You should also consider your personal preferences, your budget, the size of your pet, and any local zoning laws.