Are you an outdoorsy dog owner? Do you like to take your dog with you on hikes or camping trips? Does your dog like to run away or run into dangerous areas? Do you have trouble finding your dog once it runs away? Does your yard contain lots of trees, ponds, hills, or other terrains? Do you have a large yard with miles of the perimeter? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a GPS Dog Fence is the solution you have been searching for!
|GPS Dog Fence||Good for||Our Rating||Coverage Area|
|D.E. Systems Border Patrol TC-1||perfectly portable system||(4.9 / 5)||15-800 yard containment fence area.
2-mile tracking/training area.
|Invisible Fence GPS 2.0||A completely customizable system with a boundless fence area in any shape.||(4.8 / 5)||customizable containment area|
1 D.E. Systems Border Patrol TC-1 The best GPS Fence system for your dog!
DE Systems is a product line by the DT systems company that is based in Dallas, Texas. The company was started in 1983. They are fueled and inspired by a passion for “dogs and hunting.” That is why their products are specifically portable and easy to use on almost any terrain. They are also completely waterproof and weatherproof. DT Systems was the first company to create a GPS-based containment and tracker device.
The Border Patrol TC-1 is a reliable containment fence and tracker. As long as you follow the instructions carefully, you can set the boundary with a radius ranging from 15-800 yards. Once you have learned how to use the system, and once your dog has learned to associate the warning sounds/vibrations with the boundary, it is easy to take the Border Patrol TC-1 with you wherever you go.
Your boundary area will radiate in a circle out from the center point that you establish during setup. The boundary does not move if you move the hand-held base unit within the boundary. So if you are taking your dog on a hike and want to let your dog roam around about a mile away from you, once you pass that mile, you will need to reset the boundary to keep using the TC-1 correctly.
The fenced area is limited to 800 yards in radius, which will create a circle about one mile wide. The tracker feature can use the GPS to track your dog’s location up to about two miles. So if you have the boundary set at the largest radius, and your dog gets out of the boundary, you will only be able to track him for the next mile or so.
Once he is two miles away, the base-unit will not be able to reliably track anymore. You can also use the remote trainer features at up to two miles away.
The MUST Know, True Facts about D.E. Systems Border Patrol TC-1
The Border Patrol TC-1 was the first GPS fence system on the market. It’s innovative remote receiver, portability, and multi-use functions set it apart. It is the most popular GPS fence available.
Training and proper setup are essential to the effectiveness of this product. If you do not train your dog correctly, they will not learn to recognize and respect the borders that you set. If you do not set up the borders correctly, you will be frustrated by them. You must know that the TC-1 is going to have some significant boundary wobble and that you can only set up the system in a circle. As long as you are aware of these issues, and you adjust your expectations accordingly, this system will work great for you!
- Turn off the remote when you are not using it to track or train your dog. The containment fence will still work with the remote off, and you will save the battery life of both of your units.
- Save your receipts! Many customers complained that the customer service department was unwilling to work with them to address issues that came up. However, customers who saved their receipts were able to receive excellent customer service and even replacement products outside of the warranty window. They will be more likely to work with you if you save your receipt!
- The TC-1 model does not have a customizable shape. This model will not allow you to set up interior boundaries within your boundary area to keep your dog out of the garden or dangerous areas.
If you are taking your dog hiking, hunting or camping, this is a perfectly portable system with features specifically designed for that purpose. It can be used to contain, track and train your pet. If you live in a rural area with rugged terrain, this is a good system for teaching your dog to stay in the areas you want him to go.
2 Invisible Fence GPS 2.0 Advanced Technology
Invisible Fence is a brand by Delmarva Fencing Solutions. The Invisible Fence brand was the first of its kind established in 1973. This is a company who cares about their customers, their products, and their integrity. They make personal connections with each customer to make sure that their fence is working properly. Their GPS 2.0 system is fully customizable and can be used for dogs, cats, or any other animals!
The Invisible Fence GPS 2.0 claims to be “the Ultimate Wire-free Pet Fence Solution.” It is certainly the most customizable wire-free system because this is the only system that has no limits! It can be customized to any shape and any size! You can also set up interior “avoidance solutions” to train your animals to stay away from specific areas, like to stay out of the flowerbed or even to stay away from your garbage can. The collar can be customized to fit your dog. This system can be used for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, sheep, or any other pets you can think of.
The unlimited customization is great, but plan on paying for it. Prices are not published online because they vary for each system. But the Computer Collar by itself is around $700. Plan on spending at least $3000-$3500 depending on how many animals, the complexity of your design and the installation time.
The GPS 2.0 may have no maximum containment size, but in order to be worth the cost, it is probably the best solution for properties around 5 acres or more.
Be prepared to have a technician come out to set up the GPS 2.0. Even though there are no wires to bury or anything else to install, the technician will set up and customize your containment area, complete with any exclusion zones, will customize the collar for your pet, and will create a training schedule for your pet and to teach you about the system. You can start with a free consultation, but once you decide to purchase the GPS 2.0, you will pay for each setup and training session. They should discuss the final cost with you during the free consultation.
The MUST Know, True Facts about Invisible Fence GPS 2.0
This is the best way to get a fully customized containment fence for your dog. It has the range and shape adjustments that other wireless systems are lacking. It allows you to have an open yard instead of a regular fence, and there are no buried wires to install. It truly allows you to set up your containment fence exactly the way you like it.
However great your containment fence might be, the one drawback of this system (besides the much higher cost) is that the system is not portable. If you wanted to set up a GPS 2.0 system while you were camping, you would have to take the technician with you! This system will also not work well, and is not worth the price, on smaller properties or in urban areas.
Using store-bought batteries can void your warranty and can even cause corrosion inside the collar.
The GPS 2.0 is not portable.
This system cannot track or train your dog.
- Be prepared on the day of your consultation. Be ready to ask questions. Be ready to discuss where you want to extend the containment area to and be ready to discuss the possible exclusion zones that you will want to keep your dog away from. If you are already paying for the expensive system, you might as well use it to keep your animals off the furniture and out of each other’s food bowls! (Yes, this system can even do that!)
The Invisible Fence GPS 2.0 is one of the most expensive wireless fence systems available. But if you live on a farm or ranch with more than 5 acres of property, the system will end up saving you money that you might otherwise have to spend on miles of fencing, or several systems put together. If you need a system customized to your specific property, this is the best solution for you. And it comes with professional training so you can be sure that your dog was trained properly. It is completely safe for your dog, even if the collar gets submerged in water. This system allows your dog to roam freely and play in whatever areas of the property you want him to while keeping him out of the areas you don’t want him getting in. It truly is a personalized system that will guarantee you are getting exactly what you need.
- 1 1 D.E. Systems Border Patrol TC-1 The best GPS Fence system for your dog!
- 2 2 Invisible Fence GPS 2.0 Advanced Technology
- 3 How Does a GPS Dog Fence Work?
- 4 Advantages of a GPS system
- 5 Disadvantages of a GPS system
- 6 What to Consider Before Buying a GPS Containment Fence
- 7 Good to Know Tips and Tricks
- 8 A Final Word About GPS Fences
How Does a GPS Dog Fence Work?
GPS stands for Global Positioning System (GPS) Satellites. uses satellites that are constantly orbiting the earth to create a map or image of places on the earth in terms of distance from each satellite. The satellites are sending their own signal so they are not relying on the internet, radio, or telephone systems.
GPS based dog fences use this map to track and train your dog. The GPS satellites transmit information to the hand-held base unit. You use this base unit to define your boundary area and your warning zone (this can be done by a technician or by yourself depending on the model). The size of the boundary is very extensive, up to two miles, depending on the model. Some models allow you to customize the shape of the boundary area while other models use a circular boundary. The receiver collar sends a signal to the base unit tracking wherever your dog goes. If your dog wanders into the warning zone or out of the boundary area, the collar will vibrate, beep, or shock your dog, depending on your settings.
Once your boundary is set up and your collar settings are defined, you can begin training your dog. If a technician was used to set up your GPS fence, they might assist with the first time training as well. During training, you show your dog the connection between leaving the boundary area and the static correction that it will receive. You also reward your dog every time they come back to the boundary area. This will teach them that leaving the boundary will result in punishment but that staying in or coming back inside the boundary is worthy of praise.
Advantages of a GPS system
A GPS fence has some distinct advantages over other wireless fence systems. The first advantage is the size and shape of the boundary. GPS systems are able to encompass a much wider area. All wireless fences create a circular boundary, but some GPS systems can completely customize the shape of your containment system, and they can even add interior boundaries to keep dogs away from plants, gardens, pools or other areas in your yard that you don’t want them getting into. They are also more reliable in areas of sloped terrain, dense trees, or complicated topography. Those factors, along with metal siding, metal roofs, or other large metal objects, can all intercept the signal from other wireless fences. If you have tried a wireless fence in the past but have been unhappy because the signal was weak or inconsistent, a GPS system may be far more effective for you.
The second advantage of a GPS fence is that it can also be used as a tracker. If your dog does happen to leave your yard, the GPS collar can be used to locate its whereabouts and track him down. If you are camping and your dog happens to decide to run after a squirrel or other small animal, you can know exactly where he ended up so you can bring him or her home safely.
Another advantage that GPS fences have over wireless fences is their portability. Many wireless fences claim to be portable, but they still require an electrical outlet. A GPS system can literally be carried with you wherever you go. As you go hiking, you can set up a specific radius around you, and your dog will receive the static correction anytime he wanders more than that distance away from you. You can also create ping points to essentially create a map for yourself as you hike.
GPS fences are designed to be completely customizable. You can create your own combinations or vibrations, shocks or beeps at various intensities. GPS fences have over 50 different levels of corrections, ten times the levels of a wireless fence. You can even customize different settings for up to five collars and the hand-held base unit will remember each of the settings.
GPS fences can also be used as training devices. The hand-held unit has buttons to issue on-demand static corrections. So you can use your GPS device to discourage barking, chewing, or any other bad habits that your pup might possess.
Disadvantages of a GPS system
While GPS systems have a lot of great qualities, they are not perfect. In fact, depending on the position of the satellites in orbit, your GPS fence boundary could move up to thirty feet in any direction. This is called boundary wobble, and it is an issue with any type of wireless fencing. However, wireless systems that use a radio or electromagnetic frequency, like the PetSafe Wireless fence, have much smaller boundary wobbles, of only five to eight feet. If you live near a busy road, and you line up the boundary area with the very edge of your property, your dog could cross the street before the collar even sounds the warning. If you are using a GPS fence set the boundary so that it is a couple dozen feet away from any dangerous areas and create a smaller warning area to reduce the risk of accidental injuries.
All pet fences based on static correction collars, whether it is GPS based or another form of wireless, have batteries in the collar. GPS fences use rechargeable batteries but how long it holds a charge will depend on your dog. If your dog consistently approaches the warning zone or the boundary area, the collar will have to activate more, meaning that the battery will die faster.
Most GPS collars should hold a charge for 6-12 hours, so you can leave it on your dog during the day and charge it at night. The hand-held base unit also needs to be charged. If charging things is a hassle for you, the GPS system is probably not for you.
You can use one GPS system with up to five collars, so owners with multiple dogs can save money and hassle. But owners with more than five dogs would be better off with an unlimited solution like a wireless fence.
What to Consider Before Buying a GPS Containment Fence
Static Correction: Safety and Intensities
Your number one concern is the safety of your pet. A pet fence that causes your dog pain is not going to be safe for it. Static Corrections are designed for safety. They should not cause your pet pain or harm. A static correction should feel the same as the sensation you get when you touch a television or computer screen.
Static correction collars have adjustable levels. These adjustable levels are included because there are many factors about your dog that will affect how or if they feel the static correction. For example, the thickness and length of their fur can cause them to not feel the static corrections at the lower levels. It is a good idea to always start at a lower setting and work your way up until your dog responds. Regularly use the testers that come with the collars to check if they are working and to check their consistency, especially after you change the batteries.
Good to Know Tips and Tricks
If you are very particular about the shape of your boundary area, check carefully before ordering different models. Some GPS fences have customizable boundary shapes, but others stick to a circular area. Read the reviews below for some more information and recommendations.
If you need the collar and base unit to hold a charge all day, you might be disappointed with how long the charge lasts in a GPS system, especially if your dog challenges the boundary often. Here are some tips to help conserve the battery life of your system.
You can turn the hand-held base unit off without shutting off the entire system. If you are not using the screen to track or train your dog, go ahead and turn the base unit off. This will preserve the battery of both the collar and the base unit, and the GPS fence will still monitor your dog’s movements near/beyond the boundary.
Take the collar off when your dog is inside and doesn’t need it. This will give your dog a break and will preserve the battery. Be sure to turn the collar and the base unit off when they are not in use.
A Final Word About GPS Fences
GPS based pet fences are a relatively new technology. Their creations sparked a lot of changes to the current wireless systems and have combined multiple pieces into one device. As they become more popular, some of the challenges that they face should be addressed. Be sure to research GPS fence products before you buy because as they grow in popularity more and more companies will begin creating them. As newer models become available, hopefully, they will find ways to create the best of both worlds with a portable, customizable containment area, but for now, you just have to choose one or the other.