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Doesn't work for all pets
Some dogs, like the Golden or Labrador Retriever, have a low fear or low pain level and may run right through them.
Before purchasing a pet fence you may want to find out if your dog falls into the low fear, low pain level category. You want to make sure that the pet fence will indeed keep the dog on your property. There is no evidence of dogs getting traumatized by an pet fence.


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Pet Fencing
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Pet fence. Fenceless boundary. Hidden fence. Invisible fence.

A pet fence is a wire around the perimeter of a home, designed to keep a pet within the boundaries of the property. The wire (which may be buried) carries a radio signal, while the pet wears a lightweight receiver collar which emits a warning sound when the pet nears the boundary. If the warning is ignored and the pet crosses beyond the boundary of the fence, the pet receives a mild electric shock. The pet soon learns to avoid the invisible fence location, making it an effective barrier. Animals not wearing the collar (including humans) are unaffected by the underground wire. Although called "fences", these fenceless boundary systems are more accurately termed electronic pet containment systems.
Some pet fences are wireless. Rather than using an underground wire, they emit a radio signal from a central unit, and activate when the pet travels outside a set radius from the unit.
In another type, the collar uses GPS signals to determine proximity to a predetermined "virtual fence", without the need for any physical installation at all.



This system allows some additional flexibility, such as simpler inclusion of "islands" within the containment area, and easier changes to the boundary.

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