Electronic dog collars are widely used around the world, since they were invented 1973 by Richard Peck, and they usually bring desired results. Electronic dog training collars keep a dog within the confines of the property by way of an underground wire creating the electric fence. The transmitter is actually attached to the dog collar, and when the dog gets too close to the boundary, he gets a shock similar to one experienced with static electricity, or a warning tone, depending on the product.
How Do Electric Fences Work? The Pros of Pet Fences
The electric fence is to successfully work when combined with behavioral training to teach the dog to remain in the yard. The mild shock of the device is delivered through the collar only when the dog neglects the warning sound, which can be adjusted, much like barking collars. It typically doesn’t take long for a dog to learn not to approach the boundaries. Eventually, it comes an effective virtual barrier. Pet fence systems operate differently, however. For example, a radio signal from the buried wire activates the collar, while others may be completely wireless, using a central unit that, emits a radio signal to activate the collar if the dog approaches the limits. Another pet fence system uses GPS signals. In this case, there is no installation and provides more flexible settings.
By the same token, invisible pet fences prevent your dog from accessing certain areas, like a garden, for example, within an enclosed or fenced yard.
Does a Pet Fence Affect People and Other Animals?
No, the invisible pet fences are there to protect your dog from running away, getting lost, or worse, being the victim of a fatal accident. Only the dog who wears the training collar will feel the shock, so people and other wild animals can come and go as they please.
- Firstly, dogs roam “free” in the yard within the predefined boundaries, without requiring tying them up.
- Secondly, you can avoid the expense of building a physical fence. Electronic pet containment systems may also be a better, more aesthetically pleasing solution than a physical barrier.
While it may sound like the perfect solution, and it may be so in certain cases, in addition to the positive points about training collars, there are drawbacks. It’s good to know the pros and cons of any product, including electronic control dog collars.
The Cons of Invisible Pet Fences
1. The electric fence may fail to work at times for various reasons:
- some dogs accept the shock and escape.
- some overly excited dogs experience an adrenaline rush, and an electric shock won’t stop them.
2. Some dog owners rely too heavily on the electric fence and do not do enough behavioral training. (Higher quality, costlier brands provide training along with the product to help teach the dog to stay in the yard.
3. Some experts in the field oppose electronic dog collars and “invisible pet fences.” They believe the shock produced could lead them to have behavioral issues. For instance, they may develop a fear of stepping into the yard at all.
4. Animals and people can wander onto the property without being affected. This may lead to your dog falling prey to another larger animal, or being stolen.
5. On the other hand, people may fall victim to your dog, resulting in a bite or attack. Your dog, seemingly friendly within the confines of his yard for fear of being shocked, may completely surprise unsuspecting people and children.
Can Electronic Dog Training Collars be Used Indoors?
Yes, absolutely! Use these dog training devices indoors to prevent your dog from getting onto expensive furniture or from entering a specific room. The use of electronic dog training collars can save you from expensive repairs, furniture replacement, and frustration.
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