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Frequently Asked Questions About Underground Dog Fences
There are many questions that people have when they start to consider purchasing an electronic dog fence. “Will the correction stimulus hurt my dog?” “What happens to the fence when we move?” Here at Freedom Dog Fence, we know that your pets are your family. And when you enlist our professional services, your pets become our family, too! We are a family-owned and operated business that creates customized underground fencing solutions tailored specifically to your home and your pet’s needs. There are countless benefits of having an underground dog fence installed, and for you to be fully satisfied with your investment, we want to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about underground fencing solutions.
How does an underground dog fence work?
The fencing solutions offered and installed by the team at Freedom Dog Fence utilize small wires that are installed underground. The perimeter of the containment area is created by you, ensuring you have the perfect fencing solution to fit your individual needs. The wire transmits a digital radio signal to keep your dog within the selected boundaries. After your underground fence is installed, you will teach your dog how to respect and become familiar with the new containment area. When your pet enters within three to six feet of the boundary, a mild correction stimulus will be emitted from your pet’s collar–you have the ability to choose whether this audio or physical stimulus. If your pup continues past the first correction, the second field produces a maximum correction to prevent escape. Most times, after a dog is properly trained, the correction stimulus are never utilized. The stimulus are not painful.
Will an underground fence work on dogs that are big, small, old, young?
An in-ground fencing solution will work on big dogs, small dogs, old dogs and young dogs, as well as big cats, small cats, old cats and young cats. The Comfort Contact collars that we provide weigh a little more than one ounce, making them an incredibly lightweight and easy wear for animals of all sizes. There are five programming options available for each pet on your system, too. This mean, your small, timid tabby and giant, strong St. Bernard can use the same underground fence, each experiencing custom corrections that match their temperament and size. Whether your pet is a Fido or a Fluffy, an invisible fence is the perfect solution for all of your furry loved ones.
Is an electronic dog fence safe?
Yes! Not only is an electronic dog fence incredibly safe, it is also incredibly convenient and cost-efficient. Most people refer to the correction stimulus as a “shock,” but in reality, the stimulus is unpleasant, not painful. Imagine dragging your slippered feet on a carpet and then touching the front doorknob. The resulting “shock” is far from harmful, but rather a stimulus you would prefer not experience again. The sensation reminds your pup where she can and cannot go with a mild, annoying stimulus that is not painful, injurious or inhumane. If you are curious about exactly how the mild stimulus feels to your pup, hold the receiver collar in your hand and place it over the boundary line. You will immediately recognize that the static is surprising and irritating, but not painful by any means.
Will the mild stimulus hurt my dog?
Nope! Immediately after your dog is perimeter trained, she will understand the limits of where she can and cannot go. The training involves six phases that will take less than three weeks to complete, and after that, it is likely your dog will rarely experience the correction stimulus. Of course, accidents do happen, and a sudden darting squirrel may impair your pup’s memory for a second. If that occurs, the first reminder will be your choice of an audio or extremely mild, static stimulus. If your dog continues past the first field, a second reminder will be administered. The second reminder is less mild than the first, but the stimulus are not harmful.
What happens if my pet gets caught in the boundary field?
If your dog happens to get caught up in the boundary field, whether they are panicked, confused or stuck on something, our underground fences feature at automatic safety shut-off. After 20 seconds of correction stimulus, the safety mechanism will automatically shut off and the entire system will reset after the comfort collar is removed from the boundary. If your clever pup has learned to withstand the 20 seconds of stimulus and then waits for the automatic shut off to bolt, simply adjust the programming to ensure your dog is experiencing the proper level of correction response.
How do I train my dog to respect the new fence?
The post-installation training is going to be the most important step you can take to ensure your pup properly adjusts to your new fencing solution. Our friends at Perimeter Technologies have come up with a video that will teach you the six phases you need to take your dog through during training. Watch the full video with written instructions, here. It will take right around three weeks for you to completely trust your dog within the perimeter of your new underground fence. The training will only take up a small portion of those three weeks, while the rest of the time will just be close supervision of your pup while she is in the yard. The six phases of training are:
1. Back Away From The Fence: During the first phase, you will teach your dog how to recognize and react to the audio warning tone. You will casually approach the fence with your pup, on leash, and as soon as the warning beep is heard, you and your dog will spin around and jog back into the yard, away from the boundary. This phase lasts for six sessions.
2. Respect The Fence: In phase one, you are using a plastic contact cover to ensure your dog feels no static stimulus. In the second phase, however, you remove the covers so that your pup can experience the stimulus to understand what happens if the fence boundaries are not respected.
3. Adding Interesting Distractions: Even the most well-trained dog can’t always avoid the temptation to chase a stray ball. During the third phase, which will last eight sessions, you will add interesting distractions to ensure your dog resists any and all temptations to leave the containment area.
4. Off Leash With Supervision: For one week, you will allow your dog to play off leash in the yard, under your supervision. If your dog should attempt to leave the fence boundary during this phase, you will repeat the “adding interesting distractions” phase with your dog on leash.
5. Off Leash Unsupervised: As the name reveals, during phase five, your dog will be allowed to play off leash in the yard, without your supervision. Continually check on your pup from inside, and gradually increase the amount of unsupervised playtime.
6. Flag Removal: After two weeks of successful training, you will begin to remove the boundary flags in the final phase. You will remove every other flag, every other day. Eventually, the electronic comfort collar will be the only clue to remind your dog of the boundary.
Does the fence shock people that cross the sensor?
Unless you are wearing a Comfort Contact collar, you will not feel anything when you cross the containment area boundaries. To experience the correction stimulus, you must be wearing a dog fence collar receiver.
If my dog leaves the containment area, will she feel the stimulus when returning to the area?
It is a common concern that once your dog leaves the containment area, she will not want to return in fear of being “shocked” upon reentry. There are specific collars that make it possible for your dog to leave the containment area, and if she returns within 15 seconds, she will not feel a static reminder. In most cases, your dog has probably left the containment area because she is chasing after something, so 15 seconds is more than enough time for her to return to your yard without any sort of stimulus resonating from the collar.
What happens to our fence if we move to a new home?
That’s the great thing about in-ground fencing solutions—they are portable! When you choose Freedom Dog Fence as your premier provider of the best and highest quality underground dog fences in Raleigh, one of our experienced technicians will install the system in your yard. If your family moves out of your current home at any point, you can simply dig up your electronic fence, take it to your new home, and install it in your yard when you are ready. Compared to traditional fencing solutions which are permanent and extremely difficult to deconstruct, an underground fence allows you to carry your investment with you wherever you move. This means you can use your invisible fence for years and years to come!
Why is an underground fence better than traditional fencing solutions?
In a previous article, we touched upon a few of the benefits of installing an underground dog fence. View the full article, here, or continue reading below for the bullet-point summary.
- Cost-efficient: Compared to traditional fencing solutions, an underground dog fence is much more cost efficient. Not only will you save yourself money upfront, you will also save money in the long run because you will be avoiding additional expenses, like the cost of refinishing, replacing and repainting an above-ground fence. The only thing you will have to worry about replacing, in the future, is your fencing solutions’ battery.
- Low maintenance: When your fencing solution is buried underground, it is safe from the elements, making it less likely to be damaged in the case of bad weather. The only time you will need to invest in any kind of maintenance is the few minutes it will take to replace your system’s battery. When those torrential rains roll in, you can rest assured that your fence is safe and sound, tucked safely underground in your yard.
- Space saver: Traditional, bulky fencing solutions take up a lot of space and can interfere with the beauty of your backyard, especially if you already have a smaller yard. An underground fence gives you the freedom to install your fence wherever you would like, meaning you don’t have give up on your vegetable garden dreams in the name of a giant, obtrusive wooden fence. Maximize your outdoor space when you install an in-ground fence.
- Flexibility: Because our underground fencing solutions are totally customizable, you can have us install your new system wherever you would like. If you already have a traditional fence built around your yard but would like to create a boundary that stops your pup from getting into your gorgeous flower garden, our team can install an in-ground fence around the perimeter of your garden to prevent your curious pup from digging up your prized begonias. If you find yourself wondering whether an underground dog fence can be installed in location-XYZ, the simple answer is: yes!
- Convenience: Not only can you have your in-ground fence installed wherever you would like, you can also have it installed in any “shape” you would like. If your backyard isn’t a perfect square lot, together we can create the perfect solution to fit your needs. If you live somewhere with lush surroundings, don’t deprive yourself of the spectacular views—tear down that tattered wooden fence and start enjoying the beauty around you!
- Safety: Traditional fencing solutions start to break down over time, resulting in weak points that can be penetrated by your clever pup. Even with the most secure fence in place, we all know—dogs love to dig! A10-hour shift at work could be just the window of opportunity your curious pup needs to escape the confines of your yard. The signal wires of an in-ground fence are buried deep enough to ensure your fur baby will never be able to dig underneath, ensuring the entire perimeter of your containment area is secure at all times!
Why does my dog keep escaping the containment area?
It is extremely unlikely that your dog will escape the containment area when the system is functioning properly. If this happens, there is a glitch somewhere in the system. First check to make sure that all batteries are charged and fully functioning. If the batteries appear to be in working order, check your pet’s collar. Sometimes, for pets with denser coats, longer metal contacts may be needed to ensure the collar is making proper contact with your dog’s skin. Lastly, the chances are slim, but it is possible that there could be a broken wire in your system—if you have been digging or landscaping in your yard, your shovel could be the culprit. Get in touch with our team if you are unable to locate the problem with your system. We will send out a qualified technician immediately to find and resolve the issue. Until then, make sure to keep your pet inside or contained in some other way.
Didn’t find what you were looking for?
If you have any questions that were not addressed in this list, please feel free to get in touch with the Freedom Dog Fence family, today. Our mission has always been to take care of our customers with the utmost respect and integrity by providing high-quality, professional service. We create customized fencing solutions, tailored specifically to your home and pet needs. We appreciate your interest in Freedom Dog Fence and look forward to teaming with you soon!