Electronic training products fall into 3 main types
- Containment fences
- Remote training
- Bark Control
Containment fences protect an animals freedom to roam within a safe area (such as your garden) without the risk of escaping. Animals escaping from gardens are frequently run over by cars, or cause road accidents.
Fences consist of a transmitter mounted inside the house, connected to a loop of wire within which the animal will be contained. The animal wears a receiver collar which listens for the signal from the boundary. The collar emits a series of “beeps”, warning the animal to stop. If the animal ignores the beeping and goes to the boundary, the collar emits a mild aversive stimulus. The level of stimulus is variable and is set to the minimum level which worry for the particular animal. Very quickly, the animal associates the beep with the aversive stimulus and learns to stay within the boundary of the safe area. Once this is learnt, the animal responds to the beep alone and does not receive the aversive stimulus.
Nuisance barking can result in problems with the neighbours, or even with local noise authorities. Dogs are frequently re-homed (sometimes many times) due to excessive barking. Bark control collars detect excessive barking and respond by delivering a beep followed by a mild aversive stimulus. The dog quickly learns to associate excessive barking with the beep and the aversive stimulus and nuisance barking stops.
Remote trainers allow pets and owners the freedom to go on walks without a lead. Dogs can take it into their heads to chase other dogs, cats, cars, bikes or farm animals with catastrophic results. In these situations it is very difficult to get the dog’s attention. The remote trainer allows the owner to reach out to the dog while it is in full flight and break into its concentration. This can save the lives of people, dogs and farm animals. The owner carries a small transmitter which communicates with the collar worn by the dog. The owner can send signals to the collar which responds with either just warning beeps, or a warning tone and mild aversive stimulus. The level of the stimulus is adjustable and can be set to the minimum level necessary to suit the animal’s nature and the situation. Very quickly, the dog learns to associate the beeps with the aversive stimulus and control can be affected using the beep only.