We all love our cats and dogs. They are an integral part of our family. However, there are times when our pets can’t be with us or there are no-go areas they should stay away from. This is where the need for a dog or cat fence comes in.
Traditionally, dog and cat fences have been of the structural type. Wooden paling dog fences work well to keep our dogs in. However, not every house is suited to wooden dog fencing for aesthetic, ownership or financial reasons. As a result, homeowners have turned to electronic dog fence solutions.
Similarly, cat owners have found traditional fencing to be an inadequate cat fencing solution for the reasons just mentioned. In addition, cats are more mobile than dogs as they have the ability to climb over quite high fences and get through quite small gaps in the fencing. Electronic cat fences have also become a very popular solution.
So how do electronic dog and cat fences work?
The basic principle is the same for both cat and dog fencing.
A wire cable is installed around the perimeter of the property or the zone you want to control access to. This wire cable can be installed in a variety of ways depending on your situation. The cable is attached to a transmitter which sends a coded radio signal. A receiver collar is put on your dog or cat. When your dog or cat gets close to the wire cable, the transmitter prompts an audible warning tone from the collar. If your pet ignores the warning tone and moves closer to the cable, a customised electrical stimulation is sent to the collar. This acts as a prompt or deterrent, preventing your cat or dog from moving closer to the electronic fence. The electrical stimulation is harmless to your dog or cat. The strength of the stimulation can be adjusted. It feels much like the sensation a human would experience from a TENS machine: different but not harmful. During the training period flags are added to the cat or dog fence boundary as a visual cue.
It is also possible to set up cat fencing and dog fencing within your home. For example, you may wish to train your dog or cat to stay away from a door entrance when someone is arriving at or leaving your home. Setting up no-go zones requires a little training but is well worth the effort to ensure your pets live in harmony with you. Cat fencing is also very popular around lounge settings. Cats do have a bit of a reputation for scratching furniture. Containment zones can be set up around sensitive items or areas to keep your belongings safe from damage. You can also use electronic dog and cat fencing within the home to section off zones that are off-limits to your pet. Many people section off their dining area and bedrooms.
Design and planning is key to ensuring your dog and cat fencing provides the desired outcomes. It is recommended you get some professional advice at this stage. If your pet has a specific behaviour problem, it is worth getting some specific training to help achieve the desired result. Installation of dog and cat fences is able to be done by the homeowner, although sometimes electrical connections need to be installed, clearly requiring the services of a professional.
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