Electric, Wireless and Invisible Dog Fences: Ultimate Freedom, Maximum Containment, Minimum Correction.
Electronic dog fence systems and kits serve mostly as a means for confining your dog to your property. They allow your dog the freedom to run and play safely and give you a sense of security that your pet won’t run away when you’re not looking.
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Electronic dog fences are also known as hidden, invisible, wireless or underground dog fences. This type of dog fence uses either single or multiple transmitters that produce radio signals that are picked up by the collar worn by your dog.
As your dog approaches the boundaries that have been established, he will hear a specific beeping sound. If he continues to get closer, he will feel a mild static shock. Many dog owners use this type of dog fence to quickly train their dogs to stay within a “safe” zone.
Most electronic or wireless dog fences are hidden under the ground so not to obstruct your views and are ideal for acreages, and effectively keep your dog confined to your yard. One great advantage of an electric dog fence is that your dog won’t be able to chew through, jump over or dig up the fence like he would a traditional wood fence.
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An electric fence wire is buried under the ground, surrounding the perimeter of the area in which you’d like your dog confined. It is similar to the invisible dog fence in that your dog is outfitted with a special collar that contains a receiver. The difference is that when your dog gets too close to the perimeter of the area that is fenced off, he will hear a loud beep or tone. As he gets closer and closer, the sound will change in frequency. Eventually, he will learn to return to the safety of his yard. If for some reason your dog does go across the electric wire, he will receive a “correction”.
To install an invisible dog fence, an electric wire is run under the ground around the perimeter of the yard, or other space you’d like for your dog to stay. A receiver is placed on the collar of your dog. The underground wire consistently broadcasts a weak signal that will beep as your dog approaches the boundary of the fence. In the case that your dog gets too close to the perimeter, he will receive a mild shock. Most dogs learn very quickly to stay within the perimeter and eventually stop going near the perimeter altogether.
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My "How to Train Your Dog on an Electronic Dog Fence" OVERVIEW article. I would like to make sure that people are using their fence to its fullest potential, which is why I would like to shed some light on how to train your pet effectively. Generally, when people are in the market for an electronic dog fence, they aren't quite sure what needs to be done to train their canine to use their fence and often worry about their new fence working the way it should. On the flip-side, there are also many people who have an in-ground fence but claim that it "didn't work". If you were to ask these people how they trained their pet, you would find that most of the owners did not train their it properly. So, for all of you future electronic dog fence owners or new owners looking for guidance, read on to learn how you can enjoy a happy pet by following simple but important training steps.
Training your canine to use an in-ground fence system can be broken down into four easy steps: Introduction to the fence, introduction to the correction, introduction to distractions, and supervision. First and foremost you will want to introduce your dog to the fence. This usually takes about one week and it is imperative that your pet is taught that when their collar is beeping, they need to retreat back into your yard. The way you do this is by simply letting them walk the perimeter of your fence and pull them back into the safety one when the warning beep is heard.
Once your dog has been introduced to their in-ground fence, you need to introduce your dog to the correction. This step should also take about a week and will be demanding on the pet owner. Many people find it difficult at first to let their dog be corrected by the fence but this is for them to learn their new found boundaries. Simply walk your dog around the perimeter again except instead of bringing them into the safety zone after the warning beep, you will now wait until your pet is corrected and then bring it back into its safety zone.
The third step of the training process is introducing your dog to distractions. This should be a relatively simple step and should only take about one day. You want to put distractions on the other side your fence that your dog may want. Try playing with a tennis ball and after a few minutes, toss it outside of the boundary of your yard. If your pet tries to retrieve the ball, you may have to return to step two. For more examples of how to use distractions to make sure your dog is trained properly, keep an eye out for the fourth installment of the "training your dog" series.
The last step of the training process is the supervision period that will last about a week. Your dog is finally trained for its new fence but I would recommend supervising them before you completely trust your dog in your yard alone. It is very important that they do not cross the boundary line for any reason during its supervisory period. Start by leaving your dog off the leash while you are watching them in the yard; then slowly start to watch them from a window while it is outside on its own for a few minutes and gradually increase the time your dog is alone outside.
Once your dog has completed the last step of the training process, you can rest easily knowing that they can be trusted outside by themselves. An important thing to remember is that if at any point your dog fails a step, go back to the previous and re-train your dog. If your pet is properly trained on its electronic dog fence, it can enjoy the benefits of being free in its own yard. Say "goodbye" to leashes, dog runs and cages with an underground fence and enjoy all of the perks of not having to be outside the whole time your dog is. I hope this brief overview helps decide to invest in an electronic dog fence or train your pet on an already installed fence.
Again, this is only a brief overview of the training process so stay tuned for more detailed instructions for every step and you will be on your way to a perfectly trained dog.
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