Every pet needs some space to train easily and move comfortably. Your dog should be able to roam freely around your yard. But, it’s all about the security of your dog. Cars ply through the roads and your dog might not understand the severity of it. Sometimes your neighbors don’t want the presence of your dog in their yard. So, you’ve to take measures to keep him out of the flowerbeds or pools and areas where you don’t want your dog and have access.
You can install fences which will disrupt the beauty of your yard and give your dog a prisoner-look even if you want the safety of your dog. They’re expensive as well. So, try to get yourself a nice pet containment system which creates a hidden boundary for your dog. They’re safe and secured way to restrict your dog from places that you don’t want it to have access in. But, you’ll need to train your dog as well.
Wired or Wireless? Which One Should You Prefer?
A wired pet containment system would require you to install a wired antenna around your yard to define a certain perimeter or a range that you can allow your dog to have access. The antenna comes with a collar for your dog as well. So, the antenna determines the boundary and when your dog cross it, the antenna sends out a warning sound to the collar not to move further. After the warning sound, your dog may receive a mild electrical stimulation if he goes further the boundary. This way your dog will learn not to cross certain areas and he will be trained to do so.
A wired system offers versatility and customization. You can easily define the certain areas where your dog shouldn’t have access to. The fencing can be large or small depending on your requirements. You can give it any shape as well. If you don’t want your dog to have access on flowerbeds or pools, just enclose the underground areas with wires.
Wireless Pet Containment Systems
A wireless pet containment system works by creating a circle as a boundary for your dog. When your dog passes the boundary, it receives a small electrical shock. With several repetitions, your dog will be able to learn to keep himself in the certain areas of the circular field.
It’s really easier for you to install the wireless pet containment system. But, it won’t help you to shape it as you like. For instance, if your house is too small and you don’t want your dog to cross over to neighbors then the radius might not come in help. It’s the most effective way if you’ve a property that can restrict your dog to the certain radius. It won’t hamper your home’s beauty as well. It’s portable and you can move it to anywhere you like.
Both of the wireless and wired systems work by generating an electrical field by using a ground wire or even antenna and transmitter. But, as you’re using your home’s AC power supply to generate the current to the system so, it’s possible to have power surges.
To eliminate the power surge that can produce from your power company you can use a surge protector. But, that won’t be much of a help when it comes to lightning during a storm.
When your system fails, you’ll hardly recognize it and your dog may wander to the restricted areas as well. That’s why we suggest using a lightning protection for your pet and your property as well.
You home’s AC power generates and powers up the transmitter and antenna. So, if your home’s power fails, your perimeter of the boundary will stop working. That’s why we recommend using a backup power source or even battery to use it as a precautionary measure.
Line Break Waning
Any wired containment system works within a closed loop. When any of the wire cuts off or breaks, so does the entire system.
An audible line break warning is required for you to detect whether there’s any kind of obstruction in the way of the wires so that you can easily figure out the problem and use an effective AM radio to find out the problem. That’s why we suggest using an audible line break warning in case you’re unaware of the transmitter or antenna when the wires aren’t working.
Installing Pet Containment System
Wireless Pet Containment System
Wireless systems come with a transmitter that lets you to define a circular area which is adjustable to fit your property. The radius depends on the transmitter and which one you buy. Many systems comes with additional transmitters being added to the primary system to increase its radius to other areas of the home.
If you want to shape the containment system using your own customized plans other than a circle than consider buying systems which come in multiple transmitter. They can overlap each other without stimulating your dog when it crosses one circle.
Training Your Dog
Without the proper training system, your dog will hardly learn to keep himself in the selected areas. He will get confused every now and then. So, try to exercise him in the system so the dog will learn to keep himself in the invisible fence. We suggest using the pet containment system when your dog is at least 10 pounds in weight and six months old. Any smaller or under-aged dog will hardly learn the way you should train your dog.
If you fail to teach your dog to cope up with the pet containment system, then it’s possible that he will be afraid to get to the yard or be afraid to move in the yard as well.
Your pet containment system is pretty safe way to protect your dog from outer obstacles as well as your neighbors. But, if you don’t train your dog to adapt to the system then it will all be in vein. So, first teach your dog to be in the system and keep it installed in a workable way. Draw a red mark around the boundary to give your dog a visual suggestion of the system. Keep the marks up to 15-30 days. Don’t keep the collars on your dog’s neck for more than 12 hours at a stretch. Let your dog put the collar on himself for 3-7 days before you activate the system. Also teach your dog when it’s the time to move further the given perimeter and obey your command.