An invisible dog fence is, without doubt, an exceptional way of keeping the dogs contained, yet free to roam and play safely. The great advantage these systems provide is that you don’t need to constantly keep an eye out for your dogs. Just put the collars around their necks, power up the transmitter and enjoy your free time while they enjoy theirs. There are two types of invisible dog fences – wireless and in-ground, both effective in their own way. Of course, there are some differences between the two. It’s not the case of price and effectiveness – both systems offer great value for an affordable price, particularly when you compare them to physical fences which cost much more to install. However, there are a number of crucial factors that will help you decide which one is right for you. Keep reading to find out more about wireless vs in ground dog fences.
How Do Electric Dog Fences Work?
Wireless: This type of fencing system operates by giving the static shocks every time the receiver collar loses the signal from the transmitter. That’s why the transmitter has to be in the middle of the zone. It forms a perfect circle around the center and you can adjust the radius however you want. When the dog leaves the perimeter he gets the correction.
In-ground: With this system, the receiver collar is activated every time it picks up the signal from the boundary wire. When your dog gets close to the buried wire, a sound starts emitting from the collar giving him a warning. If he gets too close he will get a correction. That means with the in-ground fences the collar is activated inside the zone, and with the wireless fences, the collar is activated outside the zone.
The landscape of a property can greatly affect the function of invisible dog fences. An in-ground fence contains the pet in a different way than a wireless one does. The determining factor of how much area can the system cover is the transmitter. The more powerful the transmitter, the more area it can cover.
Wireless: Usually, a wireless fence can spread its signal over a maximum of 25 acres. That might be the main difference between the two systems because an in-ground fence can cover more than 100 acres. The wireless transmitter needs to have a direct line of sight to prevent the signal loss. This is the reason why wireless fences shine on wide open space without obstructions.
Another thing to keep in mind is that metal can interfere with the wireless signal. If you have any metal sheds in your yard or some kind of metal structure, the wireless system might have some consistency problems. Basically, anything that interrupts the signal will cause the receiver collar to activate, be it a metal siding or a hill. That means your dog gets the correction even though they didn’t cross the line.
In-ground: Usually the in-ground fence system is used when you want to have a stationary area and don’t plan to move it in the future. It can cover more than 100 acres, but you will have to buy additional wire for that purpose. This type of fence doesn’t have a problem with signal interference since its entire boundary wire is buried and independent on the environment. As you can see, the shape of your yard and obstructions on your property play an important role in determining which type of fencing system suits you.
Invisible Dog Fence Installation Difficulty
Wireless: Without a doubt, the main reason wireless fences are so popular is that they can be set up and installed rather quickly. You can have it up and running in an hour and you can even take it on road trips or pretty much anywhere. The only condition is to have a power source for the transmitter.
In-ground: It’s a bit different with in-ground fences. You have to plan the layout in advance and then bury the boundary wire. Installing an in-ground fence system will definitely be more time-consuming. Even though it requires a lot of effort, almost everyone agrees that it’s worth the small sacrifice. You will end up with a perfect containment area for your yard. You can make it a weekend project to set up an in-ground fence. The amount of work will depend on the size of the property and the equipment you have access to.
What About the Maintenance on an Electric Dog Fencing?
Wireless: With only the transmitter and the receiver collar needing an occasional maintenance, wireless fences are practically maintenance free. Most of the time you’ll only have to worry about the collar. Replacing or recharging the battery will vary depending on the manufacturer. Sometimes you will have to replace the metal contact points and washers. Other than that, wireless fences do not require much attention.
In-ground: In addition to the routine collar maintenance we mentioned above, with this type of fence you will also have to deal with an important issue – repairing a boundary wire when it breaks. It’s a frustrating and time-consuming maintenance problem you will eventually have to face. You might be thinking “How can I find a break in such a long wire? It will take me days…” Luckily, there is a wire break locator, specially designed to help you find the break, but we advise you to be careful when buying one. People have mixed feelings about them – some said it was great, others think it was a waste of money.
The main difference between wireless and in-ground fences is the wire. If you don’t like the idea of having to bury those wires and/or have a smaller property, then the wireless one is definitely a better choice. On the other hand, if you want to make plans and set your containment borders precisely or have a huge property, then the in-ground fence is the way to go. Each system has its strengths and weaknesses and both will provide a great and affordable way to contain your dog. Since you just found out how they differ from one another, you will have an easier time choosing what’s best for you and your dog.