Electronic pet containment is a dog-training system that that uses a small electric charge to keep your dog in the yard. A transmitter plugs into a standard outlet and emits a signal that travels along underground wires. A hidden boundary is created, and a receiver on your dog’s collar sounds a warning tone when the dog wanders near the boundary.
If the dog doesn’t back away, the receiver will respond with a mild but definite static correction. It’s harmless but just uncomfortable enough to make the dog learn the new customized boundaries and remain in the safe part of the yard.
No one can see the boundaries you’ve set up, but your dog knows they’re there. You can use these systems to create boundaries your dog can’t jump over or dig under. They’re sometimes used to keep dogs out of flower beds and swimming pools as well confining them to their own yards.
The charge your dog will feel from the receiver on its collar is slightly stronger than that the shock you get from static electricity. It’s designed to get your dog’s attention, not to hurt it. And after it’s trained, your dog will respond to the audio signal and rarely experience the shock.
Electronic containment isn’t recommended for guard dogs, vicious dogs or dogs with health problems. It’s a good solution if you’re willing to install the wires that form the system’s boundaries, and invest the time necessary to train your dog. Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about the suitability of one of these systems for your pet.
Electronic containment systems aren’t guaranteed to work for every dog. Some dogs may simply refuse to respond to the signals from the transmitter. An aggressive dog might be willing to accept the shock if it already determined to leave the yard. Some systems have come up with solutions to the stubborn dog problem. There are special collars with stronger corrections and others that emit the corrective shock or spray citronella in front of the dog’s face to keep it in place.