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Dog Fences - General Info

DOG FENCES - General Information (or Phone 02 6025 8994)

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The Dog Fence (also called a Hidden, Containment, Invisible or Radio Fence) is a versatile system designed to keep one or several pets contained in the smallest yard through to a 10 acre block. The size of the yard is determined by the perimeter wire.

Veterinarians and professional dog trainers agree that the system is safe, effective and humane. Tying your dog up or locking it indoors leads to a bored, frustrated and possibly destructive animal. But now you can give your dog the freedom to be in the yard and get the exercise it needs.

The Dog Fence (also called a Hidden, Containment, Invisible or Radio Fence) is a versatile system designed to keep one or several pets contained in the smallest yard through to a 10 acre block. The size of the yard is determined by the perimeter wire.

Veterinarians and professional dog trainers agree that the system is safe, effective and humane. Tying your dog up or locking it indoors leads to a bored, frustrated and possibly destructive animal. But now you can give your dog the freedom to be in the yard and get the exercise it needs. 

This system has been used for cats, horses, alpacas and even a pet pig! Local Councils are working to enforce regulations to ensure pets are restricted to their own property with heavy fines for wanderers.

The Radio Dog Fence not only keeps your pet in, but also works as boundary to restrict your pet from areas you wish to protect, such as pools, gardens and entertaining areas. It has even been laid through canals to allow pets to swim in hot weather. By keeping a spare roll of wire you can easily have a portable system for holiday homes. It is ideal for use in rental properties as it can be relocated if you move.

The system is easy to install and use. The wire can be buried, laid above ground in dense bush, or attached to an existing fence. With a little training to acquaint your pet with the boundary line, it will soon learn which are the pet areas, and which are off-limits. And best of all, the Radio Fence can’t be chewed through, dug under, or jumped over! 

This system is recommended for dogs 6 months and over, horses 12 months and over

HOW DOES IT WORK?
The transmitter is plugged into a standard power outlet (must be out of the weather). The boundary wire (copper insulated 1 mm) is run from the transmitter in a loop to border your ‘pet area’ and back into the transmitter. A control knob selects the desired Warning/Correction zone width that your dog must not cross, up to 1.5 metres. The transmitter emits a radio signal that travels along the wire. A receiver on the pet’s collar picks this up and alerts it with a warning tone, followed by a correction if it does not retreat from the correction zone.

SAMPLE LOOP LAYOUTS
Just a few ideas to get you started. Don’t forget your transmitter must be situated indoors near an electrical outlet. Install at least 1m from large metal objects or appliances as these may interfere with the consistency of the signal (metal doors, water heaters, washing machines.) Twisting the wire around itself will cancel the signal along that stretch of wire. Corners should be always be rounded for a consistent signal. When making a double loop the wires must be separated by a minimum of 1 ½ m to avoid cancelling the signal. Running the wire parallel to electrical cables, wires, antennas and satellite dishes will result in signal interference. If you must cross, do so at a 90 degree angle.

BASIC BOUNDARY LOOP with PROTECTED AREA 

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This basic loop layout allows your dog and cat access to your entire property. Small areas such as gardens or swimming pools may be protected by creating ‘interior loops’ with the boundary wire as shown. Braided wire from house to boundary (or boundary to boundary) cancels signal.  Boundary wire creates a loop around the perimeter of the property. Driveway is crossed by burying wire. This can be achieved by cutting a narrow groove with a masonry blade, burying the wire and filling groove with asphalt or concrete caulk. If later removal might be required, the driveway section can also be enclosed in garden hose before burying. Interior loops can be created around specific areas to be avoided.

FRONT BOUNDARY LOOP WITH EXISTING FENCE
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This layout supplements an existing fence to protect the entire property. You may also create boundaries when only your backyard is to be fenced. Braided wire to boundary loop. Boundary wire is installed in an ‘out and back’ loop on one or more sides of the property. Loop is at least 2 m wide in all locations.

HOW LONG DOES TRAINING TAKE?
The manufacturer suggests 10 minutes a day for 2 weeks will train your dog successfully, and that you should reinforce training on a regular basis. This system is not recommended for vicious or aggressive animals that may pose a threat to others. It is also recommended for healthy animals only, so please consult your vet if you have any concerns about your pet’s health (pregnancy, heart condition, medication etc).

IS IT EASY TO INSTALL?
Installation is quick and easy. If you are laying the wire underground for an invisible fence, use a spade or lawn edger to make a trench to bury the wire 1-3 inches deep. An average yard takes less than 4 hours. You can attach the wire to existing structures or do a combination of above and below groundDriveways may be crossed by cutting a shallow groove across the surface, then laying the wire in the groove and caulking over it. Or, you can lay the wire in the expansion joint and caulk over it. The boundary line must then be marked with visible flag markers every 3 metres to remind your dog where the boundary is. Your kit comes with 25 flags (enough for 100m). For large areas you can improvise with fabric ties and also make use of natural landmarks such as fallen trees, bushes, garden edges, etc. Additional flags (25 pack) are available for purchase. By twisting the wire around itself you can cancel the signal along that portion of wire, enabling you to create ‘no-go’ areas in the middle of a pet area such as a flower or vegetable bed.

CAN I GET HELP AND ADVICE AFTER I PURCHASE, IF I NEED IT?
Yes, we can provide after sales assistance from our expert installer. Full written instructions are included with the Radio Fence. 

SO, WHICH RECEIVER IS RIGHT FOR MY DOG?
It depends on your dog's breed, as well as temperament.

E.g. STUBBORN Collar Receiver Correction Levels 
The STUBBORN Collar Receiver can be set on different levels to suit the temperament of your dog. If set on level '2' or higher, the correction level will automatically increase the longer the dog remains in the 'Correction Zone' This is to prevent lingering and draining the battery.

Indicator Light

Correction Level

Collar Receiver Function

Temperament of Pet

1 Flash

             1

Beep and Vibrate Only

 

2 Flashes

             2

Low Static Correction

Timid 

3 Flashes

             3

Medium Static Correction

Timid or Average

4 Flashes

             4

Medium High Static Correction

Average or High Energy

5 Flashes

             5

High Static Correction

High Energy

Flashes once every 4-5 seconds

xx

Low Battery

xx

 


ESTIMATING YOUR WIRE How much wire do you require?
In order to plan the area for your Radio Fence, allow for the distance from where you will locate the transmitter, to the boundary. Multiply this by 2 and add the perimeter distance. A standard block will measure approximately ¼ acre which requires 200m of wire. The chart below gives the approximates the perimeter distance based on the maximum requirements.

WIRE CHART 
The first 150mtrs is included with your Standard & Stubborn Radio Fence! 
Note: SPORTS fence includes the first 300 mtrs wire!

Area

Total Amount of Wire Required

STANDARD & STUBBORN No. of Extra 150m Rolls Needed SPORTS DOG No. of Extra 150m Rolls Needed

1/4 acre

127 metres - 1 roll

Included Included

1/3 acre

147 metres - 1 roll

Included Included

1/2 acre

180 metres - 2 rolls

1 Included

  1 acre

255 metres - 2 rolls

1 Included

   2 acres

360 metres - 3 rolls

2 1

   3 acres

441 metres - 3 rolls

2 1

   4 acres

509 metres - 4 rolls

3 2

   5 acres

570 metres - 4 rolls

3 2

   6 acres

623 metres - 5 rolls

4 3

   7 acres

673 metres - 5 rolls

4 3

   8 acres

720 metres - 5 rolls

4 3

   9 acres

763 metres - 6 rolls

5 4

10 acres

853 metres - 6 rolls

5 4

 

 

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