Compare "Invisible Fence" to other types
of pet containment systems
Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning an "Invisible Fence" Brand Electronic Pet Containment System vs. Do-It-Yourself type systems.
Electronic pet containment systems have become very popular during the past several decades and an effective means of keeping pets within a predetermined boundary. These systems use a buried wire around your property to keep your pet contained. The buried wire is connected at each end to a radio transmitter, typically located in your garage or other area. The transmitter makes the buried wire act as a radio antenna which sends a signal that is received by a receiver located on the pet's collar. If the collar gets too close to the buried wire, a corrective stimulus such as a warning tone or shock, is delivered to the pet to make it retreat back within the boundary.
Electronic pet containment systems can be divided into two broad categories, Professionally installed systems, and do-it-yourself type systems. Of the professionally installed variety, the largest by far is Invisible Fence Company which manufactures and installs its trademarked "Invisible Fence" containment systems through a nationwide network of professional installers. Choosing an "Invisible Fence" system has the obvious advantage that you have little work to do. The installers bury the cable, mount and connect the transmitter, test the system and even assist in training your dog. By the time the installer leaves, you are pretty well guaranteed to have a system that works. The problem: Expense. A professionally installed system will set you back a few thousand dollars as compared to a do-it-your self system which typically costs a few hundred.
Another growing Professional Install company is Dog Watch offering systems which appear to have all the features, reliability and priceiness of the "Invisible Fence" Systems
There are now many companies competing for the do-it-yourself system market. A few include Humane Contain, American Pettronics (no website yet) and industry giants Innotek and Pet Safe. If your willing to do the work yourself and save substantial dollars, the question is, "Which system to buy?" This is a little tough because there are many to chose from and buying a big name system doesn't, in the least, guarantee top quality. The only way is to carefully compare features and costs. Features to look for include
Number of Correction Levels
Auto Increasing Correction Level
Field Width Control
Cable Brake Indicator
These are all important features. You will only find all of them on the most advanced systems (not even the professionally installed "Invisible Fence" system has them all.) Identify the features you need and want on the system you plan to install and then go shopping for price.
HUMANE CONTAINSystems offered by High Tech Pet Products are guaranteed to work and are shown below.