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.
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.
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:
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.