Electronic Pet Fences

Written by Sarah Provost
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Electronic pet fences come in many variations, so you can find one that suits your application. There are buried fences, wireless fences, indoor fences, and fences to suit different types of dogs and even cats. A little online comparison shopping will make your choice easier.

Wireless electronic pet fences use a radio signal emitted from a central transmitter. Because the signal is sent equally in all directions, the only shape possible for the containment area is a circle. These work best in flat yards with no obstructions, and only for medium-sized dogs. Smaller dogs can wear the large collar required, and larger or especially energetic dogs can run through the signal.

Other electronic pet fences use a wire that you bury, in whatever configuration you please. These buried fences work for all sizes of dogs. Look for those which have an escalating correction, so the animal gets a warning before the shock. Better systems also have speed sensors, so that if your dog approaches the barrier at high speed, the maximum level of correction is applied immediately. This prevents the animal from running through the signal.

Indoor Electronic Pet Fences

Indoor systems use a small receiver unit that can be placed to keep pets off the furniture, away from the garbage can, or out of specific rooms. They usually use a sonic correction rather than a shock, which makes them useable on very small dogs and cats. Some use an infrared system, but these can be triggered by humans walking near the transmitter. A better system is triggered only by the transmitter attached to your pet's collar.

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