FAQs Archives: "Containment Systems"
Will my dog have to wear an E collar all the time?
No, definitely not. We recommend that you DO NOT leave any E collars on your dog for more than 8 - 10 hours per day. Pressure Necrosis (pressure sores) may occur if you leave the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.