FAQs Archives: "Electric Fences"

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.
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: For an electric fence to work, the animal must come into contact with the wire or tape when it still has a paw on the ground. This completes the circuit of the wire and the ground rod (a rod that is driven into the ground, similar to a large tent peg), allowing for a pulse to be felt. If your dog is jumping a fence, you are better to locate the wire or tape near where you dog jumps from and not on top of the fence. If the wire was on top of the fence and the dog touches it when jumping, he will not feel anything because the circuit between the wire and the ground rod is not closed. Ground that is overly dry will also inhibit the success of any electric fence. If you notice that the ground around your electric fence is quite dry, water the area around the ground rod. The longer the fence the more likely you will need additional ground rods strategically placed to improve performance.
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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