Do wireless GPS systems really compare to a traditional electronic dog fence?
Choosing Certainty Over Chance: Why Copper Wire Fencing Outshines GPS for Pet Safety!
While GPS technology holds promise for the future of pet containment, the current reality is that it has not reached a level of reliability that can surpass the tried-and-true method of using strong, solid copper wire. Copper wire provides a robust and consistent physical boundary, offering a level of safety for pets that GPS systems may not guarantee at this time. The enduring strength of heavy gauge copper wire, buried at an appropriate depth to avoid common issues, remains unparalleled. When faced with the frustration of a wire break, the solution is clear: opt for the stability and effectiveness of copper wire fencing. Give us a call, and let our experts put an end to the challenges associated with wire breaks, ensuring a secure environment for your beloved pets.
The Truth about GPS Pet Fencing
Here are a few truths about GPS fencing, as well as a practical solution to your wire break problem.
- GPS is a relatively new technology in the pet fencing world.
- Like all new technology, it’s best to let someone else work out the problems with it before you buy in. Right now, GPS pet fences are accurate to “within 4-5 feet”. This is fine if you’re playing golf, where the consequences of a 4-foot error put you in the rough rather than the fairway, but if this means Rover ends up in the road rather than the front yard, 4 feet is unacceptable. The advantage of copper wire is simple; the wire never moves.
- GPS must be programmed.
- Do you know your longitude and latitude coordinates for every point of your boundary? Of course not. Remember those wire break maintenance calls? You can replace them with re-programming calls.
- GPS can drop.
- We’ve all been in the car when our directions quit on us. GPS can and will drop out on you. Much of the signal accuracy depends on a large number of satellite connections. Copper wire doesn’t.
- GPS can be blocked.
- Satellites need a clear line to the receiver. Large trees and other items can impede the signal, causing your fence to malfunction. When you’re watching your favorite show on TV and your satellite signal drops, it’s irritating. When your pet’s safety is at stake, 99% isn’t good enough.
- GPS collars require frequent charging.
- Because GPS collars constantly track satellites, they require a lot of power. The collars take a long time to charge, so if your dog is outside for long periods of time, you’ll need a second collar to avoid gaps in coverage.