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Electric Dog Fence How many levels of correction are need to be effective?

How many levels of correction does an electric dog fence need?

How many levels of correction does an electric dog fence need to be effective?

One Electric dog fence company says their containment collar has 128 levels of correction. Are more levels of correction better for training? Will it help training go quicker?

First, let’s outline what “levels of correction” are:

  • “Level of correction” is a term used to describe the intensity of the shock the dog will receive when crossing the boundary.
  • Saying there are 128 levels of correction means there are 128 different levels of intensity in the shocks the dog can receive.

Telling dog owners that their pet needs so many levels of correction is confusing and unnecessary. A simple correction is just as effective as many levels.

If you’ve ever touched a hot stove accidentally you know how a correction works. When you put your hand on a hot stove did you care what the temperature was or did you just know it was unpleasant? You probably just wanted to remove your hand as quickly as possible. If the stove was 165 degrees would it have made a difference to you? What about 168 degrees?  Hot is hot! All we need to  know is that the heat caused pain. What mattered is that it was enough of an uncomfortable stimuli to get our attention and cause us to pay attention to where our hand was at the time it received it’s ‘correction.’

The same is true of dogs experiencing corrections on the electric dog fence.

Instead of focusing on many levels of correction, the trainer should only let a dog get a correction when it’s behavior is confidently inquisitive or confidently bold, never when the dog is fearful or scared. Training is so important in teaching a dog where it can safely go in the yard and where it should avoid. Proper training – although it may seemingly take a bit longer – is fairer to the dog and promotes solid lifelong understanding.

Adopted Dog Safety – Important tips for new owners

Claire from Swansea, Massachusetts, just got an adopted dog from a rescue organization. She asked us a question lots of new owners have:

“Should I get my newly adopted dog used to the house before I train him on the electric dog fence?”

Keeping your Adopted Dog Safe

Keeping your Adopted Dog Safe

The answer to Claire’s question is “absolutely not.” Like a child moving from one grade to the next, the expectations for your adopted dog must be set on the first day of class, so to speak. As the proud owner of a new dog or puppy, you should teach your dog the rules of his new home on day one.

By setting the rules, boundaries, and expectations for your new dog immediately, you will ensure that he quickly learns what is expected of him from his new family.

Consistency is always key in teaching adopted dogs to be safe in their new homes. Dogs are always learning and it is important that they see from the start that this new house has a new set of rules. This means that your dog is actually “in training” from day one and that he will assume that whatever is okay initially will be okay for good. Establishing rules right away does not mean that you are being cruel to your dog. It means your are teaching him what life will be like with you.

All new owners love their adopted dogs and want to pamper them a bit. This is understandable. Making your new dog feel welcome is important, but it is also crucial to his well-being that he see immediately where safe and unsafe places are. This is why it is always a good idea to prepare your home for your new addition’s arrival early! This way you will be ready to begin training immediately and can provide a smooth transition for your dog. This will make him more comfortable and safer in the new home he will hopefully spend a long and happy life in.

Wood fence, Electric Dog Fence, or both?

Electric Dog Fence plus a wood or chain link fence?

You have a wooden, vinyl or chain link fence in your yard and your dog finds a way over, digs under or escapes through an unsecured gate. Can the Electric Dog Fence be used with a physical fence and  keep a dog from escaping?

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“I have a wooden fence in my backyard. Can I just have the electric dog fence installed in the front of the house?” is a question we hear  frequently.

Many pet owners install a traditional wooden fence in their yard, both to make their property look nice and to contain their canine companion … only to find that their dog is resourceful and is able to maneuver around this physical boundary and escape either through or under the wooden fence or out an unlocked, or unsecured gate. While you may want to install an EDF in your front yard only, the system works best when you fully surround your property, for a couple reasons.

Price- First, it typically doesn’t cost anything extra to do front and back yards. (Really)

The Electric Dog Fence will form a backup for your traditional fence in that part of the yard. Installing the electric dog fence (EDF) in conjunction with its wooden counterpart will ensure your pet does not even consider trying to sneak out of the back yard through that loose slat, unsecured gate or gap between the fence and ground!

In the rest of the yard  your dog will learn (and with proper and complete training) where the perimeter of the yard is and stay inside that area.

There is also another reason why we encircle your house with the Electric Dog Fence; functionality. In order to keep your pet safe, the Electric Dog Fence needs to make a full circuit in order to work correctly and effectively. (Think of a single wire connected to itself – this is a “full circuit.”) The best way to form a full circuit is to encompass the yard with the house inside the ‘circut’.

More of a visual person? See the most common yard configurations for the Electric Dog Fence HERE