The wireless dog fence will come with only two parts. The transmitter and the waterproof collar. Those are the two main components of a wireless system.
Your package will also include an A/C adaptor and several training flags. These are used as a visual aid to show the dog where the boundaries are. They can eventually be removed.
There is an indoor version of this product. They both work the same way, of course, you won’t need the training flags for the indoor fence. You can use a piece of rope or twine as a visual aid for this system.
The collar needs to have batteries installed and the transmitter will plug into the wall. Some models come with rechargeable batteries and others will need traditional batteries that need to be replaced every so often. Most systems will alert you when your batteries need to be charged or replaced.
The way a wireless dog fence works is very easily explained. The transmission device will send a radio signal to the collar that your dog wears. The collar is a receiving device that will warn your pet as he approaches the boundary. These boundaries are predetermined by you.
As your dog approaches the boundary, the first warning will be an audible beeping sound. The audible beep will sound off about 3 to 5 feet before your pet reached the boundary.
This warns your pet that he or she is approaching the boundary. If your dog continues toward the predetermined boundary, he will receive a static electric shock which will remind him to back off and stay in the yard.
The term “electric shock” can cause a “shock” in some pet owner’s minds. They assume that it would be harmful to pets.
What is a “static shock”?
Don’t be alarmed. Your dog isn’t being tased!
When I say (static electric shock) I’m talking about the kind of shock you might get when you walk across a carpet and touch a doorknob or something metal. It will startle you, but I doubt anyone ever went to the emergency room for a static electric shock.
The difference is, of course, the static shock happens only once for us. Your dog will receive the static shock every time he approaches the boundary. This is necessary for his training.
Veterinarians and animal trainers agree that this is a harmless and effective way to train your dog.
The collar is a lightweight receiver equipped with two metal prongs which make contact with the skin on the dogs neck. A dog with a longer coat might need longer prongs. Some system will come with two sets of prongs. the long and shorter prongs.
Make sure the system you are looking to purchase has the longer prongs included if your dog has a long or bushy coat. You can always purchase the longer prongs extra if you need to. They are not very expensive.
As I stated before, the collar is waterproof and runs on batteries. Some collars are specifically designed for small dogs. There are also collars for “stubborn dogs”. I have a little Bichon, so he would require a different collar than a Lab or a German Shepard.
Please remove the collar when not in use. The dog’s neck could become irritated by the constant rubbing of the metal prongs on their neck. There are some collars that use a rubber tip to drastically cut down on this irritation problem.
PetSafe sells flexible contact points that are compatible with most of their products. Please check for compatibility before you purchase, and always remove the collar when not in use. Most manufacturers recommend never leaving the collar on your pet for more than 12 hours.