As technology improves, we’ve seen both tragedies and miracles happen. With new things changing monthly or daily as it feels, we seem to want to keep upgraded and keep our families safe and secure. Home security has become huge nowadays, cameras and surveillance following right after, tracking and GPS for family members and pets, and even pet containment such as wireless fences and correction collars.
These pet containment and deterrence systems have been a hot topic for skeptics and the like over the years. They have been seen as cruel and unsafe, which at one point in time this may have been true. In the past number of years however, there has been breakthrough technological advances and upgrades to these units that have made them so much safer for your dog and yourself. In 2013 alone, there was 78% fewer dogs injured by these units than the years preceding. One of the big issues was the exposed wires that the fences had (you place it around where you want your dog to stay such as the perimeter of your back yard). In the newer models of wireless fences, this is no longer an issue. They have given the wires a more durable coating which helps prevent faulty wires, water damage, sparks, and most importantly, from your dog (and other creatures) chewing through it and getting injured.
What has also been a huge factor in driving people away from using wireless fences is the notion that they are harmful to your dog when the correction is administered via the collar. This has been misunderstood by anyone who has thought such. The only thing that would be hurting your pet while wearing the collar is if it was put on too tightly and hurting their neck. These collars do not give an “electric shock” as most people think. The manufacturers are not trying to fry your dog! It’s merely a static correction, much like when you touch someone after rubbing your feet on the carpet. Of course, that is skin to skin. When your dog feels the correction when they get near the fence, it is not going right onto their neck skin. They have a protective layer of fur that lessens the feeling of it. It is only used for startling them to help them learn not to go near certain places.
The fact that your dog may not even need the static correction is a big bonus to some dog owners as well. So many of these fences (there really are a lot of them these days) start out by just giving your dog an auditory warning when they get close to the fence. If this is enough to deter your dog, then they will not even get close enough to have the static correction administered.
With a massive decline in wireless fence-related injuries, it seems safe to say that they have come a long way in the past few years, and are quickly becoming a common item in a dog-owners home.