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Are GPS-Based Electric Dog Fences Safe & Reliable?

By March 7, 2016March 8th, 2018No Comments

GPS technology has become the norm.  Whether its to track your pet’s fitness or to find a local restaurant using an app.  Most of us use it daily whether we are aware of it or not. The GPS (Global Positioning System) is a navigation system that works regardless of weather conditions as long as there is unobstructed sight of at least four or more GPS satellites. GPS systems do not rely on telephony or Internet.

Because of its autonomy GPS-based dog fences may be attractive to dog owners with properties where placing a wire is price-prohibitive and using a wireless signal unpractical due to terrain. There are multiple GPS containment and tracking systems for dogs in the market but before you click on buy you may want to consider the pros & cons of this technology as it relates to keeping your dog contained.

Are GPS-Based Electric Dog Fences Accurate?

The simple answer is NO. There is a margin of about 30 feet before the signal is activated resulting in unclear boundaries. Electric dog fences like the PetSafe YardMax can be far more accurate providing both alerts and corrections with minimal margin of error. A dog that has clear boundaries responds better to training and exposed to far less risk.

Are GPS Dog Fences A Good Urban Solution?

Imagine if you will a GPS-based fence set to protect your dog from running into the street. With a 30 feet range of error by the time your dog receives a correction it will be right in the middle of traffic.

 

Are GPS-Based Containment Systems Easier as a Training Tool?

Because there is no boundary reliability the GPS-based electric dog fence is quite difficult to use as a training tool. When you install a traditional invisible fence based on a wire and a radio signal you can clearly set a visual perimeter for your dog through the use of flags. With a GPS fence and GPS collar you will have a hard time defining boundaries thus your dog will have an even harder time understanding its limits and responding to the collar alerts and corrections.

Are GPS Electric Dog Fences a Good Idea For Large Properties?

In some instances where the terrain is difficult and getting a signal from a wireless electric fence virtually impossible it may be a smart move. Keep in mind that if your dog is stubborn and prone to wonder it is likely to breach the perimeter and go about its way. With this in mind, many farmers and ranchers report success through the use of GPS fences on mountainous terrain when dealing with working dogs that are likely to return home at night.

Are GPS Dog Fences Affordable?

You can find GPS-based dog fences for as low as $600 if you take into account that the maximum perimeter is limitless it is possible to perceive the price as a good value for those dealing with extensive properties. For the majority of applications however you are still getting a better value when selecting and installing a traditional wire electric dog fence like the Innotek/PetSafe.

Are There Any Instances Where GPS Technology For Dogs Makes Sense?

Absolutely! GPS technology is essential to the safety of all dogs. One of the best uses for a GPS is not as a trigger for e-collars but as a tool to track your dog and always know their approximate location. A GPS collar with a long-life battery can help dog owners find their dogs quickly and significantly reduce the stress and uncertainty of a missing dog.

Electric dog fences are not a solution to every dog containment problem. Instead, dog owners should evaluate their options and find a solution that ensures safety, while minimizing the financial burden of installing a fence. The best electric dog fences are neither the cheapest nor the most expensive ones. The best fences are those that are paired with proper training and excellent maintenance. If you have decided to move forward and install an electric wired dog fence take time to read the pros and cons provided by our partners at Dog Fence DIY. You can check out their electric dog fence reviews here.

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