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  | Containment Systems | Electric Fences | Kennel Runs | Bark Collars |

1.   Containment Systems

Q1.   I need more than 150 metres of wire for the area I want to contain my dog in.
Q2.   Which Invisible Dog Fence should I look at for my German Shepherd?
Q3.   How do I calculate the length of wire I need to install my containment system?
Q4.   How simple is the containment system to install?
Q5.   Please explain how you train a dog to your system.
Q6.   How large an area can the system cover?
Q7.   How do I take my dog for walks outside the property?
Q8.   How many dogs can I have on the containment system?
Q9.   Can I also use the same Innotek collar for indoor pet barrier areas?
Q10. Can I take the system with me if I move?
Q11. Can cats be trained to your containment system?
Q12. Do the dogs need to touch the wire on the containment system to receive the stimulus?
Q13. Will the containment collar hurts my pets?

1.  Containment Systems  

  Q1. I need more than 150 metres of wire for the area I want to contain my dog in

Our range of Invisible Dog Fences include 150m of wire with the kit. We have Boundary Kits available, these include 150m of wire and 50 additional training flags. The Boundary Kits allow you to expand the distance of your Invisible Dog Fence. For example, you will need one Boundary Kit to complete approximately one acre. A few questions down we provide a table as a guide for how much wire you will require based on the acres you want to enclose.

 

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Q2. Which Invisible Dog Fence should I look at for my German Shepherd?

Factors you should consider:

1.Are you containing more than 1 dog? If so, our range of containment systems with rechargeable collars offer you a low maintenance option with no ongoing battery costs.
2.How large an the area do you want for your dog? All of our invisible dog fences come with 150 m of wire which covers up to 1/2 acre, depending on
the shape of your block. Extra Boundary Kits containing 150 m of wire & 50 training flags, are available
3.Are you after a particular brand or model? We carry the major brands, including PAC, Innotek & PetSafe. The Petsafe range of collars can be used with any of the  Petsafe contianment systems. However, the Pac Invisible Dog Fence collar is both waterproof and rechargeable and represents some of the best value for money!
4.If you are after an Invisible Dog Fence that stops your dog from escaping and allows you to resolve some behavioural problems - consider the Innotek Ultrasmart  5100 Contain 'n' Train
5.Also note that the Ultrasmart 4100 and the Ultrasmart 5100 are compatible with our Indoor Pet Barrier Zones, which may be helpful if training a young puppy or your dog is allowed inside at night.

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Q3. How do I calculate the length of wire I need to install my containment system?

It is best to measure or pace out the perimeter of your boundary. This will give you an idea of how much wire will be required. You will also have to measure the distance from the fenceline to where the transmitter will be located (remember, it has to be out of the weather and able to be plugged in), and double this measurement. Click on the link below for a guide to the amount of wire required based on the acreage you want to cover (This is an estimate only but it would be advisable to pace out your property).

Calculate the wire you need with this guide

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Q4. How does Containment Systems keep my dog safe at home?

The pet containment systems are sometimes known as in-ground fencing. Easily installed, they keep your dog safe at home but don't spoil or clutter your landscaping. Wire is used as a radio antenna around your property and plugs into a wall mounted transmitter creating an adjustable radio field. Your dog wears an electronic collar which picks up the signal when he approaches the boundary wire. He receives a "harmless" but "effective" stimulus which reminds him to stay within the boundary area or out of garden beds.

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Q5. How easy is it to install an Invisible Dog Fence?

You do not need an electrician or tradesperson, anyone can install a containment system. Your kit will include an instruction/installation manual, some kits even include a DVD on installation and training. There are 4 Steps to establishing an Invisible Dog Fence:

  1. Preparation - This involves going through the manual, and drawing up a plan on how you will intall the wire and position the transmitter
  2. Installation -Setting up the transmitter and placing the wire and training flags is the main aspect of this stage
  3. Fitting - ensuring a proper and firm fit of the collar to the dog. This will see that the probes are in constant contact with the dogs skin whilst the collar is worn
  4. Training - 10 minutes per for about 2 weeks. The training program is included with the kit and will explain everything you need to know

•The transmitter simply plugs into a standard powerpoint. It emits a radio signal along the length of the wire.
•The wire is insulated and can be buried or attached to an existing fence (except colourbond). It connects to the transmitter and carries the radio signal. This creates the boundary to contain your dog (like an invisible barrier). The strength of this radio signal can often be adjusted to suit the area you wish to contain your dog in.
•The collar, also known as a receiver, is placed around your dog's neck. The collar responds to the radio signal traveling along the wire and alerts the dog when he gets to close to the boundary. If the dog continues toward the boundary wire, he will receive a correction from the collar as it responds to the radio signal.

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 Q6. Does the wire need to be buried?

No, you can attach the wire to your existing fence with cable ties, hook nails or similar. You can also bury it 3 to 5cm underground. This keeps it from being damaged when mowing or edging. When it comes to areas like driveways or gates, there are a number of options to consider. If it is dirt, gravel or similar, simply bury the wire inside a piece of old garden hose or conduit to protect it when being driven over. If the driveway or path is concrete or asphalt, look to place the wire in an expansion joint or seam, it is advisable to secure it in place with some caulking. Where necessary, you may have to cut a groove for the wire, this will require a circular saw with a masonry blade). However, if you feel a bit stuck as to which is the best option, feel free to contact our Service Dept on 1300 032 491 for advise for your particular situation.

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Q7. Please explain how to train your dog to the invisible dog fence system.

We supply you with a training DVD that takes you step-by-step through the process. The process will last for approximately 10 minutes per day for a period of 2 weeks. You will introduce your dog, whilst on a lead, to the boundary which is marked by the training flags. The training will introduce your dog to the warning tone and the correct response. The purpose is to encourage your dog to return to the safety of the yard and away from the flags. You are there to prevent him from panicking and possibly running through the radio signal. Offer treats and play time as a reward after each training session when your dog returns to the safe area. You will need to repeat this 3 or 4 times at different places around the boundary. Your dog will learn to stop before reaching the flags or when he hears the audible warning tone. After the first week of training, you can remove every second flag, and at the end of the training you should be able to remove all remaining flags. Your dog will have learned to stay in his newly appointed area.

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Q8. How large an area can the system cover?

Depending on the dog containment system you choose, the signal will reach anywhere from 5 to up to 45 acres. However, it is important to note that each kit supplies you with a spool of 150 metres of wire. To cover these larger areas, you will need to place more wire to suit. Make sure you pace out the distance before you start your installation. See Question 3 for more details on the length of wire you may require.

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Q9. How do I take my dog for walks outside the property without him getting a correction?
The last thing you want to do is walk your dog through the boundary whilst he is wearing the dog fence collar. The best thing to do is to simply remove the dog fencing collar, and place your dog's walking collar and walking-lead on him before leaving the property. It is recommended, where possible, to use the same exit each time. This way your dog will learn that the only time he can exit the property is when he is with his master and on his walking-lead.

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Q10. How many dogs can I have on the containment system?
There is no real limit to the number of dogs you can have on the invisible dog fence. Each dog will just need to have their own collar for the system. Extra collars are available for each containment system, including the invisible cat fence.

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Q11. Can I also use the same Innotek collar for indoor pet barrier areas?
Only the collars with the Innotek Ultrasmart Invisible Dog Fences are compatible with the Innotek Zones Indoor Pet Barrier. The Innotek Zones Pet Barrier system allows you to keep your dogs out of certain rooms, off furniture, away from the kitchen bins or anywhere you don't want them to go. By purchasing the Innotek Ultrasmart 4100 or the Ultrasmart 5100 Contain 'n' Train dog containment systems, you are able to also purchase Zones and use them inside your home.

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Q12. Can I take the system with me if I move?
That is the advantage with our dog fence systems! With traditional fencing, you can't take it with you when you move, and it is often very costly. With one of our invisible dog fences, if you move or if you have a second property, all you will require is the additional wire.

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Q13. Can cats be trained to your containment system?
Yes, we have many successful cat installations. Choose the Petsafe Deluxe Cat Fence and stop your cat from entering other properties and attacking wildlife in parks. The great thing with the PetSafe containment systems is that you can add any of the other Petsafe invisible fence collars for use with your pet dogs. This means you can have an invisible cat fence and then purchase a PetSafe invisibel Dog Fence collar and it will work with the cat fence. The Deluxe Cat fence is also a great choice for use with very small  and miniature breeds, such as Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and Miniature Dachshunds.

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Q14. Do the dogs need to touch the wire on the containment system to receive the correction?

The important thing to note with the containment systems is that the dogs do not need to touch the wire. The wire around the perimeter emits a radio signal that dog's collar responds to. When your dog first enters this radio signal field (approximately 2 metres from the wire - this can be adjusted), the collar will give a warning tone to alert your dog (see Q. 7). Should your dog continue to go towards the wire boundary, the collar will give a static correction that is milder to what we experience when we shuffle across carpet and touch someone nearby. See next question for more detail.

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Q15. Will the containment collar hurt my pets?

The Invisible Fence or Containment System collars are not designed to hurt or harm your pet. The collars give a static correction only when your pet continues towards the fenceline after hearing the warning tone. The static correction, if you or I were to experience it, would be similar when we shuffle across carpet and touch someone. However, it is important to note that dogs do not have sweat glands throughout their skin as we do, they have a typically dry skin as they pant to cool down. Therefore, the correction that they receive is similar to that of a Tens Machine, like a small muscle contraction. Again, it is not designed to hurt your pet whatsoever.

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2.   Electric Fences 

Q1. Can the electric fence be used to keep possums away?

Q1. Can the electric fence be used to keep possums away?

Yes, many of our customers are using the Electric Fences to keep possums and other pests away from gardens and the like. It is important to note that in this instance, it is far better to choose a pulsating electric fence rather than a constant current style fence (the Fido-Shock SS725RP is the only constant current electric fence we carry).

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Q2. How do I get the best results from my Electric Dog Fence?

There are a number of factors to consider when installing an electric dog fence. The following main points are essential for any success to be achieved:

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3.   Kennel Run

Q1. Do I need the Sunblock top for my Kennel Run?
Q2. What is the Kennel Run made of?
Q4. I live in the vicinity of your office, can I self pickup the Kennel Runs?
Q5. Can I reconfigure the shape and size of the kennel runs by combining a few Kennel Runs?
Q6. How much does it cost to deliver the Kennel Run?
Q7. What is the sunblock top made of?

Q1. Do I need the Sunblock top add-on for my Kennel Run?

We recommend having the SunBlock Top as it provides shelter for your pets, giving them escape from the hot sun. It can also be used as a wind break. Sunblock Tops are easy to install and give your pet a comfortable pen for resting in.

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Q2. What is the Kennel Run made of?

The Kennel Run are made of galvanised steel poles for the frame and chainlink mesh for the walls. This allows for easy assembley as well as a sturdy design.

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Q3. I live in the vacinity of your office, can I come in to pick up a kennel run?

Yes, you can. Once you have placed your order, contact us and let us know when you want to come in and pick up the Kennel Run. The Kennel Run comes in a flat pack that is about 2.3m long, 50cm wide and 20cm deep. You will need a large station wagon, ute or trailer to pick it up in.

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Q4. Can I reconfigure the shape and size of the kennel runs by combining a few Kennel Runs?

There is the option of placing Kennel Runs side by side to increase the toital area. Individual frames still need to go up, however, the wire mesh can then be connected to only the outer walls of the frame, providing you with a larger space.

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Q5. How much does it cost to deliver the Kennel Run?

Delivery charges are determined by the delivery location based on infromation from a Freight Company. Please select the correct option in the dropdown list when ordering to assist in prompt service and delivery. If there is a query regarding your location or postcode, you will receive a call from one of our friendly staff to confirm the delivery address and location.

Q6. What is the sunblock top made of?

The Sunblock Top is a shade cloth material designed to provide shelter from the sun and wind. It can be connected as roof for shade, to the side of the kennel run as a windbreak, or a combination of the two.

4.   Bark Collars

Q1. What bark control products are available to stop dog barking?
Q2. How effective are the different types of bark control devices?
Q3. How does a static correction anti bark collar actually stop my dog barking?
Q4. Will using a static correction anti bark collar stop my dog barking?
Q5. How long will an anti bark collar take to stop dog barking?
Q6. Do static correction anti bark collars cause harm to the dog?
Q7. What type of bark control can be used for barking puppies?
Q8. Will my dog have to wear an anti barking collar all the time?
Q9. If my dog isn't wearing a bark control collar 24/7 then won't they bark when the collar is off them?
Q10. Are anti bark collars legal in my state?
Q11. How effective is the Super Bark Stop?

 4.   Bark Collars

What bark control products are available to stop barking dogs?

There is a variety of bark control devices available to suit all types of breeds, sizes, ages and temperaments of barking dogs. There are sonic & ultrasonic anti bark products, like the PetSafe Outdoor Bark Control Device, Super Bark Stop or the Vibration & Sonic Bark Collar. These products use sonic (we all can hear it), ultrasonic (only the dogs can hear it, like the old dog whistle) and vibration as a method to distract your dog when barking. Some of these products are stand along products and others are collar based. There are sonic and ultrasonic bark control devices that can effectively stop barking dogs over the fence. If your neighbour has a excessive or nuisance barking dog, call one of our staff for advise on which system will best suit your needs.

Spray Collars are designed to give a short burst of spray in unscented, citronella and lemon spray options. This spray is to help you stop your barking dogs.These type of barking collars are very effective with scent-driven dogs, dogs that seem to sniff around the yard alot. Spray bark collars have a higher success rate than the sonic/ultrasonic variety.

The final option is the static caorrection anti bark collars. These collars give a small static correction to stop barking dogs. The important thing to note here is that the correction felt by your dog is one similar to a small muscle contraction. Some reports compare it to being just 10% of a static zap we may receive when shuffling on carpet or exiting our cars. This is type of bark control collar gives proven results and is the most successful bark control device currently available. Remote dog training collars can also be used to help stop dog barking in certain situations.

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How effective are the different types of bark control devices?

The effectiveness of any bark control device depends on a number of main factors, incluiding you dog's temperament, breed, size, age and the motivation or reason for barking. Sonic and ultrasonic anti barking devices are often effective when used with puppies or small barking dogs displaying a placid or timid personality. However, some large barking dogs or dogs with a stubborn temperament may ignore the audible or ultrasonic deterrent noises and not stop barking.

Citronella collars are a good option in comparison to the sonic & ultrasonic anti bark devices. The spray collar acts as a much more effective barking deterrent compared to sound as it involves more of the dog's senses and results in a higher chance of getting the dog's attention. We have also found that many barking dogs do not like the sensation of the spray, or the smell of citronella or lemon. They quickly learn to stop barking in order to avoid the unpleasant spray. Citronella bark collars are also a good option for people who live in states where there may be a restriction on the use of static correction anti bark collars.

Static correction anti bark collars (e-collars) are the most effective bark control product available. How the bark collar is introduced, age, breed, temperament and motivation for barking will all play a part in the end result. Generally speaking, these types of anti bark collars will be 96-98% successful, this represents a proven and significant decrease in barking. The benefits of these anti bark collars versus stand-alone traditional dog training methods include greater consistency, speed & timing of correction (no time delay), cost effectiveness and low maintenance.

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How does a static correction anti bark collar actually stop my dog barking?

When wearing an anti bark collar, a barking dog sets off the vibration or microphone sensors. When this occurs the bark collar will emit a mild static correction via the bark collars contact probes (similar sensation to a TENS machine or abdominal exerciser, except nowhere near as strong). This sensation is used to simply ‘get’ the dog's attention, distracting it from the reason or motivation that initiated the barking. The dog learns very quickly through association that their nuisance barking triggers the unfamiliar sensation and in order to avoid the sensation, they need to stop barking. There are also safety features in-built to these collars to ensure that the collar will shut down temporarily when a dog is barking with purpose (for example, when an intruder is on the property). This type of barking is very different to excessive or buisance barking.

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Will using a static correction anti bark collar stop my dog barking?

If a dog is strongly motivated to bark it will – particularly if the dog is protective barking.There are a number of basic types of barking, two of the main ones are purposeful or protective barking, and excessive barking. Many of us have our dog for companionship but also to deter unwanted guests. A static correction barking collar is designed with this in mind. Excessive barking or nuisance barking is quickly addressed by these type of collars.

Our anti dog barking collars are not designed to stop protective barking though. Our collars are fitted with a safety device so that they will temporarily shut-down. The Petsafe BC-103 and the SportDog SBC6 anti bark collars for example, will shut down for 3 minutes after 15 consecutive barks or more within a 50 second period. So if your dog is protective barking to protect you or your property, it won’t receive any correction for doing the right thing and you will have peace of mind!

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How long will an anti bark collar take to stop dog barking?

Some barking dogs learn to stop barking immediately while others can take a few days. It does, however, depend on the dog's temperament, whether it is desexed or not, its age, breed and its motivation for barking. For example, the urge to procreate (sex) or the need to protect its own life & family are of high motivation. Generally speaking, boredom is a lower motivation for dog barking. If you don’t quite understand why your dog is barking then don’t hesitate to contact us here at Discount Dog Fences on 1300 032 491 for an obligation-free consultation.

Like humans, every dog is different and some may take longer than others to adapt their behavior. Eventually the dog can wear the anti barking collar deactivated once it learns that nuisance barking is unacceptable, and you can re-introduce it every few weeks or so, just to reinforce the training once in a while…or only when you leave the house, just to make sure.

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Do static correction bark control collars cause harm to the dog? 

When used in conjunction with the instructions e-collars do not harm your pet. An independent study on e-collars was conducted at a leading Veterinary University in the U.S.A.  The study found that the use of an e-collar to curb barking was no more cruel than taking your dog to your Vet for a “check-up”. The energy delivered from a typical e-collar equates to approximately 2 volts @ 20 milliamps. An Australian study by Dr J Perkins showed that use of an e-collar does no harm to your dog when used according to manufacturer's instructions. Find out more about e-collar safety.

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What type of bark control can be used for barking puppies? 

We recommend the use of sonic/ultrasonic bark control devices for puppies. We do not recommend citronella spray collars or static correction anti bark collars for puppies under the age of 6 months. Contact us on Freecall 1300 300 364 for further advice.  

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Will my dog have to wear an anti barking collar all the time?

No, definitely not.  We recommend that you DO NOT leave the bark control collar on your dog for more than 8 - 10 hours per day.  Pressure Necrosis (pressure sores) may occur if you leave the bark control collar on the dog indefinitely. By sticking to the 8-10 hours, it is beneficial for your dog first and foremost, and it also benefits your equipment. To further reduce the chance of pressure necrossis, we recommend that you use a damp cloth to wipe over your dog's neck area and to wipe over the probes of the collar.


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If my dog isn't wearing a bark control collar 24/7 then won't they bark when the collar is off them? 

This really depends on how the bark control collar is introduced to the dog. There are 2 distinct approaches to be considered. Some owners want the dog to know that the bark control collar is the source of the correction. In this case the bark control collar is switched on and placed on the dog; the dog barks and is corrected. Most dogs then learn that the new bark control collar means stop barking. The downside to this method is that the dogs will know they can bark when they are not wearing the bark control collar. This is great for working dogs, to stop barking when they are in their kennels.

Other people prefer that their dog not associate the anti bark collar with the sensation by placing the bark collar on the dog but leaving it switched off. This must be done for at least a few days. The dog then considers the new anti bark collar of no importance, and then after 5 to 7 days of occasional wearing of the anti bark collar should it be switched on. The dog will not necessarily assume that the bark control collar is to blame for the correction. In both cases the dog will develop a tendency to stop barking in time, leading to a quieter dog while not wearing the bark control collar. A good method for domestic pets, helping prevent complaints from neighbours.

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 Are anti bark collars legal in my state?

The law in Australia relating to the use of ‘static’ correction or electronic anti bark collars varies from state to state. All other types of anti bark collars are legal in all states. The success rate for the static anti bark collars is extremely high with proven results. However, it is important the you familiarise yourself with these regulations as they relate to your state. In certain situations, you may need to obtain permission to use these types of anti bark collar. Contact Discount Dog Fences on 1300 032 491 for more information.

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How effective is the Super Bark Stop?

For the Super Bark Stop to work effectively and pick up the dogs barking, there needs to be a clear line of sight between the device and the dog. Anything in between will reduce the range of the Super Bark Stop. It is important to remember that the Super Bark Stop has a range of 15 metres.

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