Why use an invisible fence?
The high cost of building a real fence is one of the reasons why many pet owners choose to use technology to contain their pets. It is the installation of an electric dog fence or invisible fence - an electronic tool that teaches your dog to not go beyond specific boundaries that you have set. An invisible dog fence helps to train your pet to stay within a defined area, like your yard.
What is an electric fence anyway?
A typical electric dog fence is composed of two primary components, the transmitter and the receiver. The receiver is mounted on a collar that you need to put around your dog's neck. The transmitter is the part that is mounted to a wall in your house. It is connected to a wire that is usually buried in the boundary that surrounds your property.
The area covered by the wire determines the perimeter that you want your dog to stay within. The wire transmits signals that the receiver detects when the dog approaches the wire. When your pet comes too close, the collar produces a sound that makes the canine uncomfortable. This is actually a signal to let your pet back off, but if he continues to walk closer to the perimeter, the collar delivers a mild static shock that astonishes him. It won't take long before your pet will learn that he is not allowed to go beyond certain specific points in your yard.
So what's the truth about electric fences?
The invisible fence is one of the most misunderstood pet supplies ever to hit the market. Many pet lovers and animal rights advocates are not in favor of static correction. Most of them believe it is painful and can cause negative physical and emotional effects on canines. But the shock is not intended to make the dog suffer. It is actually intended to deter him from going near or beyond specific places. Once he develops the behavior, the invisible fence will be of minimal use.
Contrary to popular belief, the static correction is not about using pain as a training tool. It is more about surprising or making the dog uncomfortable to make him go back to his comfort zone. You can compare its impact to the sensation you get when you rub your feet on the carpet and touch a metal object. But you can adjust its intensity depending on how your pet responds to its stimulus. For best results, you need to consult a professional before you buy an electric dog fence.
Electronic dog fences are intended to foster your dog's safety and protection. They are many ways better than letting your pet go free and face the risks of harm from people and other dogs or confining him to a cage.
Safety and happiness are the best things a pet owner can give to his pets. Allow them to roam freely on safe grounds under the watchful care of a reliable electric dog fence.
Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership (avma.org)
A Good Leash on Life (humanesociety.org)
6 Tips on Pet Fencing (livingthecountrylife.com)