Petsafe Electric Fence: How Safe Is Petsafe?

How safe IS a petsafe electric fence? Well, first, let’s ask what your definition of safe is. If it’s keeping your pet out of traffic or away from pedestrians, then a petsafe electric fence is safe enough. BUT if it is keeping pedestrians or other animals away from your pet, that’s a different situation altogether.

Let’s face it, folks. Ultimately, the safety of your pet rests solely upon your shoulders. Not mine, not that fella walking by, not even friends and family. Nope. It’s all up to you.

So, be aware of these three things and you’ll be able to determine just how safe a petsafe electric fence really is for your pet.

1. Be aware of passes through your yard.

I used to live on the corner lot of block and local kids would “cut the corner” across my yard. No, petsafe electric fences won’t stop people or other animals from coming into your yard and interacting with your pet, for good or bad.

2. Be aware how impulsive your pet is towards animals and pedestrians as they pass by.

Will your pet toss all training to the wind and chase a stray animal across the road into another yard or field. How about a person walking by, are they prone to bark? That impulse revs up the adrenaline and they can charge through the fence and then be stuck on the outside, unable to get back into the yard.

3. Be aware how aggressive your pet is towards other pets in the neighborhood.

Some pets take the attitude that they are the master of all they survey. That means that they think they own the hydrant or tree on the corner 500 feet away. Any other pet coming ‘into their area’ is trespassing. Will your pet play enforcer or just yip and yap from their yard?

There is a training video that comes with your petsafe electric fence. It is up to you to follow the methods that the video promotes. If the video recommends training over a period of time, then train your pet over the recommended time. Don’t cut short your pets training. Re-enforcement is a crucial part of training your pet. Part of the training process is once your pet is sure in the knowledge of the boundary’s existence, to then try and lure your pet to cross the boundary, either with treats or having someone call to them or tossing a favorite toy across the boundary. Do not deny your pet that training simply because you think they “got the message.”

When you choose a petsafe electric fence, choose one that has “Run Through Prevention.” It used to be that when your pet reached a certain distance from the fence, they would receive a shock, kind of like a static shock when you rub your feet on the carpet and then touch your buddies earlobe. The thing is that was all the he’d get, the shock at whatever setting the collar was on. This would allow the stubborn or determined pet to what I call ‘bull’ their way through the fence, suffering the zap of a few shocks and then they’re on the other side.

“Run Through Prevention” starts out by giving a warning beep and /or a warning vibration (the lowest possible setting) This could be five, ten or fifteen feet from the actual wire, depending upon your settings. Once your pet enters the zone, the collar gives the warning beep/vibration and if your pet stays in the zone, it shocks the pet at the lowest setting and steadily increases the intensity of the shock the longer your pet stays in the area. When your pet leaves the zone the receiver stops sending the shock.
This ensures that your pet is encouraged to avoid toughing it out if they charge off after a squirrel or after another pet in heat or after their favorite toy if it gets thrown outside the fence by accident.

Again, work with your pet throughout the entire training period as recommended. Re-enforcement is key.

Maybe your pet is stubborn and jumps the existing wooden or chain link fence. Or maybe they have a tendency to dig under said fences. petsafe electric fences would be just the deterrent to stop those events from happening. Plus it’s very easy to attach the wire to the fence you have now. Weave it through a chain link fence or screw in some eye hooks in a wooden fence and feed the wire through. An even simpler way would be to set a screw every four feet along the bottom of the wooden fence. Leave about half an inch exposed. Lay the wire on top of the exposed screw and sandwich tie or zip tie it to the screw.

DO NOT WRAP THE WIRE AROUND THE EXPOSED SCREW! Your petsafe electric fence works by sending a radio frequency through the wire. Wrapping the wire tightly around the screw or nail may cause the wire to break.

Overall, remember, the petsafe electric fences are designed with the intent of keeping your pet ‘contained within’ the area you proscribed. It does not keep anything ‘out’.

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