Pet Fences

Keeping your furry friends out of harm's way

If you want to give your pet room to run without a chain that can get tangled or caught up on things, consider an electric pet collar. Sometimes called invisible fences, wireless fences or underground fences, these pet barriers use warning sounds and a mild electric shock to keep your pet in a confined space.

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How It Works

A radio signal is attached to the system's transmitter which is usually kept in the garage or basement. An antenna wire is buried around the perimeter of the pet's safe area. Your pet is then collared with a battery-operated receiver. As your pet approaches the buried antennae, the collar starts to beep. This is a signal to your pet that it's getting too close to the boundary. If your pet crosses the boundary, the collar emits a mild shock that teaches the animal not to go outside of the boundary.

Some systems have a central transmitter that produces a circular radio wave that causes the same effect. Wireless systems can be moved around and don't require digging. Wired systems must connect in a full circuit, which means extensive work to install the system. However, wired systems can cordon off specific areas while wireless systems create a fixed, circular limit. Wireless systems can be easily taken apart and reinstalled in another place - for example, you can use it at home or at the cottage.

In the first few weeks of training, white marking flags are placed along the boundary to give your pet a visual indicator of its limits. As the pet learns to recognize the boundary, the flags can be removed.

Training Tips

Electric pet fences are effective but must be coupled with proper training. To help your pet quickly adjust to the new boundary, follow these tips:

  • Purchase a collar for each pet in the family. Pets that are collared will want to follow those who aren't collared and may break the barrier anyway.
  • Don't put temptation on the other side of the barrier. Food dishes, toys and entry to the family home should all be accessible within the boundary.
  • Be patient and consistent. It will take time for your pet to learn the boundaries.
  • Check the batteries in the collar frequently. Batteries will wear out over time and it won't take long for your pet to realize the boundary no longer exists.
  • While your dog is learning the boundaries, don't allow it to run free in the yard. Keep it on a leash every time it goes outside and help it explore its limits.
  • Protect your dog from the outside. Remember that electronic fences keep your dog in, but don't keep predators out. If you've noticed wild animals or other aggressive neighborhood pets in your yard, an electric pet fence might not be the best solution.

Electronic pet fences are a smart solution for dogs that jump or dig under standard perimeter fences. With proper training and diligence on your part, your electronic pet fence can keep your furry friend safe and sound.

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