Whether you own a Shih Tzu or a Shepard, your dog’s safety and comfort should be a priority. For many dog owners, outdoor play time can be a hassle. If you live in a populated area, off-leash play time can be dangerous, especially if you can’t be around to supervise 24 hours a day. This can cut into your furry friends’ exercise and consequently their health.
If you’ve been having trouble keeping your pets contained or are hesitant to invest the time and money into installing a gaudy and limiting traditional fence, you may want to consider a PetSafe In-Ground Fence. Traditional fences often don’t pose much of an obstacle to a resourceful pup. Many breeds of dogs are fantastic diggers, so even a partially buried chain link or wood panel fence may not keep them safely in your yard. In some cases, these escape attempts can damage your property as well as jeopardize your dog’s safety.
Every pet has his or her own needs depending on breed and temperament. This article on the PetSafe in-ground fence reviews some of its features and functionality to help you decide if this solution might be right for your dog or cat.
Benefits Of An In-Ground Fence System
The PetSafe underground fence is easy to install. Most owners can complete the process themselves over the course of only a few hours, and the technology is designed to make it simple to use. Once the wire is in place and the collar properly fitted, a warning sound will be emitted to alert your dog that he or she is approaching the boundary. If your dog crosses the boundary, a startling but harmless shock will be produced.
Invisible fences are more versatile than traditional fencing. You don’t need to sacrifice aesthetic appeal to functionality, and there is no need for constant maintenance and repair. You can set your pet’s boundaries according to both of your needs, without having to ruin your view. Just lay the wire in whatever configuration is necessary. You can even fence off gardens or other areas you’d prefer your furry friends not to frequent. If you need to increase the fenced-in area, just purchase additional wire and follow the same installation process.
All and any cats and dogs you own can be kept contained using the same system. You just need to purchase additional collars for each animal and set them all to receive signals from the same transmitter. You can fine-tune the static adjustment settings of each collar individually, and the fence can work with animals of any size provided they are properly trained in its use.
Some Concerns With In-Ground Fencing
The idea of shock training can be a bit much for some owners to take. But the technology has been extensively researched, tested, and proven to be both safe and effective. With proper training, your pet should quickly become accustomed to the underground fence without experiencing continued shocks. Of course, some dog breeds are more stubborn than others, so the amount of time required for training will vary.
It takes time and patience to get your pets accustomed to the underground fence, so you should anticipate having to devote some extra hours and plenty of treats during the initial training period. You’ll need an additional means of containment such as a regular collar and leash until they get used to the new system.
Most parts of the system are interchangeable between PetSafe underground fences. The PetSafe PIG00-13661 does, however, require their particular brand of collars and disposable batteries to work. They’re inexpensive, but replacing these batteries will factor into the overall cost over time.
Installation of the PIG00-13661 Underground Fence
Once you have determined what boundaries you want to set for your pets, all that is required is some light yard work. Dig a shallow trench along the path you want your fence to follow, and simply bury the cable close to the surface. It may take a while for the appearance of your lawn to return to normal, but it won’t do any damage to the soil or surrounding plants.
Be sure to measure out the boundary lines and purchase as much wire as necessary. You can splice the cable together to form one continuous loop around your property.
Training Your Dog Is A Must to Get the Best Results
Be patient and get your pet used to the fence slowly. It’s best to use frequent short training sessions, lasting around 15 minutes, interspersed with plenty of positive play within the confines of the fence to create a positive association with the boundaries of this system. It helps to end each session with play, treats, or other positive reinforcement.
The kit comes with boundary flags that you can install to help with training, which you should leave up throughout the training period to reinforce your pet’s understanding of his or her new boundaries. You should always have a secondary containment measure on hand for your pet during training for added safety.
Available instructional material for the PetSafe in-ground containment system reviews the basic functionality and installation of the system and provides you with advice for proper training. With time and patience, any animal can learn to respect the boundaries you have set and enjoyed outdoor playtime without constant supervision.
If you know that your dog tends to be more on the stubborn-side or it’s just a quirk of your dog breed, the PetSafe Stubborn Dog In-Ground fence system will probably work better with the stronger correction levels. For normal dogs, this standard PIG00-13661 PetSafe underground model will suffice without the additional cost.