Being a pet owner is a big responsibility. You have to make sure your pet has its shots, has fresh food and water and is happy in your home. It’s also your duty to make sure your pet stays safe. There is a lot in the outside world that can harm your beloved pet, but it’s your job to make sure that nothing does.
According to a 2008 study from the Veterinary Pet Insurance group, five of the most common injuries to pets are: lacerations or bite wounds; torn nails; insect bites and stings; abrasions; and eye trauma. Obviously, accidents can happen anywhere, but if your pet is safely within the limits of your property than some accidents are less likely to happen.
An invisible fence is one way some pet owners keep their pets close to home, but is it right for you and your furry friend?
There is a lot in the outside world that can harm your beloved pet, but it’s your job to make sure that nothing does.
1.What does an invisible fence do?
An invisible fence helps train your pet to stay within a certain boundary set for the pet by his owner. Owners sometimes use invisible fences if they do not have or do not want to install gates around their property. The product is made up of a transmitter, a wire and a receiver that is attached to the pet’s collar. The transmitter powers a signal in the receiver and when the pet gets too close, a negative corrective action is initiated. In some systems, that corrective action is a very mild sensation, similar to what happens when you shuffle across a carpet and touch a metal doorknob. It can also be a loud noise or unwelcome scent.
2.Why do I want it for my pet?
Think carefully about why you are considering the invisible fence. Remember that although the fence can reinforce thorough and proper training, it cannot stand as a substitute for training all together. If your pet is being constantly “punished” by the fence, you’re only teaching it to become angry and fearful. Spend a few weeks helping your pet get to know what your home’s boundaries are by walking it yourself. Set up flags around the perimeter of your property. Also, allow your pet time to get used to having the receiver attached to his collar. Even with the best systems and training, the invisible fence might not be a good choice for all pets. Consider your pet’s temperament and talk to your vet before making the investment.
3.Will I install it myself?
You can decide whether you’d like to install the invisible fence, or if you’d like to have a professional do it for you. If you want to do it yourself, simply head to a home improvement or pet store, buy the system and go home and install it. If you’d rather leave it in the hands of a pro, make sure you find a good one. If you want to learn about the costs associated with having the fence professionally installed, see our price guide on Invisible Fence Cost.
4.How will I maintain it?
Invisible fence systems are not high maintenance, but they do need servicing every once in a while. If you opted to install your fence yourself, check the wire, the transmitter and the receiver periodically to make sure they are all in good condition. Choose an appointed time to change the battery in the receiver so that you always know that it’s on and working. If you chose to have a pro install your fence, they may do this for you. The most important way to keep your pet safe is to be watchful and to train them well. An invisible fence is a tool that you can use to do both of those things. Remember: a happy doggie is a safe doggie!