10 Questions for All Electric
Dog Fencing Shoppers
So you have decided to buy an electronic dog fence system. You've learned the basics, and that there is a wide range of electronic pet containment products out there. When it comes down to choosing a dog fence system, consider whether these items matter to you and ask containment professionals these questions:
1: How long have you been in the dog fence business, and how long have you serviced electric fences in this area?
Many companies come and go. Longevity is a the best indicator a company will be there for you when you need them.
2: What kind of containment training will be done, and how much is included with a complete pet fence system?
Many companies lowball prices with little or no humane training, accelerating the process by correcting your dog harder than necessary. This can actually cause psychological harm to your pet.
3: What is the warranty?
Many companies use warranty as a profit center. Overseas made product often fails so frequently that warranty charges are set up to create huge profits. The less safe your fence, the more money your outsourcing corporation makes. (Buy American!) Lifetime warranties on electric dog containment products are common now, so don't accept less!
4: Is the product made in America or overseas?
More than 90% of electric fence systems are made in China and elsewhere overseas. Watch a company's marketing budget for examples of the extra money available when cheaper manufacturing is chosen.
5: What is the installation guarantee?
A 1-2 year guarantee assures proper installation and time to find any real problems.
6: Is the seller an authorized representative of the brand they are offering?
It is a common ploy to leave unknowing buyers with cheap, store or online-bought systems, yet charge for professional grade systems and installation. If you choose to buy a cheap system, buy it yourself and consider letting a pro install it. They will use a better grade of wire than you will find, and you can always trade up if your Chinese-made product fails the second or third time.
7: Okay, every company sounds competitive. Now ask the back breaker. If I wanted to get in my car right now and drive to the factory, what is the address?
This is a trick question because almost no one will want to answer it. There is only one manufacturer with ON SITE manufacturing, engineering, etc., with ALL employees and no sub contractors. Or in the Lafayette and Baton Rouge areas ask to go to their office, you will hear the excuses of why they will come to you.
8: How large is their electric pet containment service area?
Beware giant companies. Local companies are always best. One so called local company claims he does from Alexandria to Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Houma, Thibodeaux, Gretna, Slidell, and even New Orleans.
9: Check references.
Professional references are much more useful than consumer endorsements.
10: What kind and how deep will the wire be?
They should bury a thick jacketed wire underground. A wired fence requires continuity, broken fences cause down time.