Electric dog fences are devices that prevent your puppy or dog from leaving your yard, or from straying from a perimeter that you set within your yard. Your put a radial collar with a battery around the neck of your dog or puppy so that when he or she goes too near the set boundary, an alarm is triggered. Should they cross the boundary, a harmless static shock which is corrective will be administered by the collar. After a while, the dog connects the alarm with the forthcoming shock, thereby learning to remain within the boundary you set.
The Humane Society has been awarded a fence system that is invisible due to it being a compassionate design in that it first sends the dog an aural warning, then there is a pause, then the correction and the setting for the correction is extremely mild to start.
Some of the pros for electric dog fences, are that you aren’t forced to put up a fence that, although effective for keeping your dog in, may not be an attractive addition to your landscape design. Also, as you are not erecting an actual structure, there will be no need to worry regarding inspection codes or zoning laws which you would be subjected to were you to put up physical fencing.
Shock collars administer a light electric shock to your dog’s neck through 2 plates that are round and that touch their skin. You may adjust both the strength and length of the stimulus though.
Although quite a number of shock collars definitely have the capacity to deliver comparable results with correct use in a suitable setting, a major concern with collars in this price bracket, is durability. The intensity of the shock, even set to the maximum setting, is highly unlikely to be even close to the power of the professional-grade collars, however, this is an advantage for some. Remember that remote e-collars should never be used on puppies who are less than 6 months of age, nor on dogs who are very nervous.
In conclusion, a substantially low number of dog owners choose to use the electronic training devices. A large number of dog owners are employing reward-based methods and they report a greater success in training than those owners using e-collars. This means that the evidence is pointing towards training based on punishment being less effective and maybe even harmful as opposed to positive reinforcement training. The e-collar is not meant to be used in place of obedience commands but rather only to eliminate certain behaviors because overuse of the collar will cause anxiety and fear and could result in a weaker bond with your dog.
Should you decide to purchase an e-collar, it is therefore recommended that you purchase one which has a tone or vibration feature to forewarn the dog of an impending electronic impulse should he not correct his behavior. You can even disable the shock feature on this sort of e-collar, so as to eliminate harmful shocks altogether.