I took my rv out for the first official time last weekend; I had bought 2-3 xpens to keep my boys within the site, but they are a bit confining. I was considering getting a wireless containment system, although I don't really want to "shock" them, but they might have a little more freedom, on the other hand, they may bark more; what they see they consider their property, so I don't need any more barking than they are doing, they're not aggressive, just vocal when someone 2 or 4 legged walks by. Has anyone used the wireless fencing, and can it be made small enough to keep them within the confines of the campsite. I take them for a walk to do their business, but the younger one does not potty on a leash, so fortunately the site had a dog park and they were able to walk around with a bit more freedom.
I wouldn't think it a good idea. The fence does not stop other animals from coming IN. While the risk may be small, you never know when someone may be walking a dog w/o a leash. Besides, you have to train them where the "borders" are and this may take time. Plus, they might ignore the shock "just this once" and get into trouble. Just MHO.
RV parks are places where people go to enjoy the outdoors, but they are also very confined spaces, with lots normally much much smaller than a house has. There is no way that a dog can get an appropriate amount of activity on a site, and there are also going to be temptations all around. What's more, other dogs or humans walking into the property is a very real possibility.
Giving dogs that already have poor manners more opportunities to misbehave is begging for trouble. You don't need an invisible fence, and your dogs don't need "more freedom." You and they need an obedience class and to help you learn to teach them to listen and not to bark at passersby. And you need to walk them far enough each day that their exercise needs are met. If you do those things, the exercise pens will provide them with plenty of space to lounge comfortably... which is what dogs that have had enough exercise mostly do... while also keeping them safe.
Even if you had dogs that were perfectly behaved and trained to such a system, most parks would not allow it to be used in lieu of a fence (which some parks won't allow as it is) or a tether or leash. Dogs can and do break through, and other campers shouldn't have to guess at whether the dogs they are passing are restrained or not.
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If the dog wants out, that fence absolutely positively will not stop them from leaving if they want to. Our dog was a complete weenie, but when she wanted out she would enter the shock zone and yelp in pain the entire time she was climbing the fence to get out.
other campers shouldn't have to guess at whether the dogs they are passing are restrained or not.
I'm most definitely not a complainer. But if I ever encounter an invisible/wireless fence being used in a campground, I will contact the campground management as soon as possible and complain vociferously. It is most definitely not fair to others walking by who have to guess whether or not your dogs are restrained. And of course the only logical and safe guess to make is "no" and take evasive action.
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A wireless fence would not be allowed in campgrounds in our area. While we are sitting outside, I use a retractable tape leash and a large dog collar with a snap closure to secure to a tree or the picnic table. That way if someone passes by and they bark I can pick up the leash and correct them. It gives them a little freedom to move around the site and me a way to control them if need be. This method worked great when the sites are large, if they are small and close together, you can either use a 6ft. leash or shorten the retractable leash.
Despite what is advertised, most wireless fences have variable "shock zones". Meaning that the dog might get shocked when it is 3' from the wire, or it might get shocked when it is 20' from the wire. You don't have enough room in a campsite to gamble with that sort of inconsistency. Plus, like others said, it doesn't keep other dogs out, and it would definitely make you look like you are breaking the leash law.
The wireless systems are just as inconsistent, and the signal can/will be blocked by trees, buildings, other RV's...
I have a 100lb anatolian that I have *attempted* to contain with a wireless fence within a perimeter pasture fence. I have done a lot of research and testing of the products out there. They definitely serve a purpose, and work great in most applications, but I would never think they were a good idea in a campground.
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