Are you considering a wireless fence for your dog? They can be an effective option to keep your pet safe and secure. But are they safe for humans?
All signs suggest that wireless dog fences are not harmful to humans. There are exceptions to this, like if a human is wearing or holding the wireless collar. However, in most instances, wireless fences are safe for humans.
In the following sections I will further explain how wireless dog fences work, how they may impact humans, and tips you can use to protect yourself.
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How a Wireless Dog Fence Works
A wireless dog fence uses a transmitter to create a circular protected area around your property. Your dog wears a small receiver on his or her collar. As long as the dog stays within the protected area, the transmitter does not send a signal to the receiver.
However, if the dog approaches the boundary of the protected area, a signal is sent. These signals usually start as soft vibrations or beeps to let the dog know that they are close to the boundary. As the dog gets closer to the boundary, the signal intensifies.
Eventually, the signal will intensify to a small shock. The degree of the shock depends on the setting on the transmitter. On most fence systems, you have the option to adjust the shock intensity.
It’s advisable to align the shock intensity to the size of the dog. For instance, if you have a small dog, you wouldn’t want the transmitter to provide an intense shock. That could be too much shock for the dog and possibly injure it.
The main function of the wireless fence is to send a signal from the transmitter to the receiver if the receiver approaches the boundary of the protected area. That applies no matter who or what is wearing the receiver. So if a human is wearing or holding the receiver, they would feel the signal as they approach the boundary.
Potential Dangers of a Wireless Dog Fence
These systems are designed for dogs, so it may seem unlikely that a human would have contact with the receiver. However, it is possible that a human could hold or wear the receiver.
For example, the dog’s owner may need to test the strength of the signal from the transmitter. One of the most effective ways to do that is to hold the transmitter and approach the boundary. If a signal is felt, the transmitter is working.
Of course, it’s important to adjust the signal intensity before performing any tests. Make sure the signal is turned down to low or medium intensity before approaching the boundary. If left on a high setting, the signal could be strong enough to painfully shock a human.
A wireless dog fence could also be dangerous for humans who are outside the property. This is particularly true in instances where a dog is aggressive to strangers. While a wireless dog fence provides a signal, it does nothing to physically restrain a dog from leaving the property. A dog could simply decide to ignore the signal and run through the boundary if it is determined – and the signal itself could trigger it’s aggression to anything around it.
Reasons Why a Wireless Dog Fence is Not Dangerous
While it may be painful to experience a shock from the fence receiver, even the highest intensity shocks are not likely to create any long-term injuries on an adult. The initial shock may be unpleasant or even a bit painful for a moment, but there is little risk of significant danger from being in contact with the receiver.
There is also speculation among some that the radiation in the technology used to transmit the signal could be dangerous for humans. This is not correct. Wireless fence technologies utilize non-ionizing radiation that presents little risk to humans. Other technologies that use non-ionizing radiation include radios and lightbulbs.
Most wireless dog fence systems have transmission power of between five and fifteen watts. That’s comparable to the transmission power of a standard walkie talkie set, and you wouldn’t consider those dangerous would you?
Safety Tips for Wireless Fence Systems
There are several things you can do to keep you and your dog safe with a wireless fence system:
- Fully train your dog on the system according to instructions. A well-trained dog is the best strategy for keeping yourself and your neighbors safe.
- Do not let a child hold the receiver and approach the boundary. While an intense signal may not be dangerous for an adult, it could be quite painful for a child, especially a younger child.
- Realistically assess whether an invisible fence is appropriate for your dog. If your dog is unusually large or aggressive, they may not be restrained by an invisible fence system.
Are Dog Fences Safe In Bad Weather?
Most dog fences are made to be used outdoors, and are safe in inclement whether. We do recommend covering them with something if raining just to prevent damage to them, but this isn’t typically required.
What About Snow? They should still work, but you’ll want to make sure that the receiver isn’t burried under snow, as that can effect it’s ability to accurately track your dog.
A wireless dog fence system can be an effective way to keep your dog on your property. They are easy to install and do not require wires, trenches, or any other complicated installation procedures.
When used correctly, they present little risk to humans. Be sure to adjust the signal intensity to the correct level for your pet, and keep the receiver out of the hands of small children.
The radiation used in the fence transmission also presents no danger to humans. The signal power is comparable to a walkie talkie, lightbulb, and other common household items.
Wireless dog fences can be a great way to secure your dog with little risk or danger to you, your family, or your neighbors.