High Tech Pet Products Researchers Patent New Radio Fence Technology

Feb 3 08:25 2011 Marilou Sabina Print This Article

If you've been considering the purchase of an electric underground fence, but you're afraid it won't work or might be an inhumane way to contain your pet, there is now a new technology on the market that may address your fears. Pulsed Proportional Stimulus changes the way stimulus is handled in electronic containment systems and may be just what you've been looking for.

Electronic radio shock and sonic fences are big business in the pet supply world. Companies like Innotek ®,Guest Posting Petsafe ®, Invisible Fence ® and Dogtra ® are turning out products as fast as the pet consumers can snap them up. Pet owners are all over the spectrum when it comes to satisfaction in these containment systems, from the consumers that love them because they quickly force their dog to submit to assigned pet areas, to the pet owners who hate them because their dog was so intimidated by the shock that they’re now afraid to go out the back door. In recent years, pet owners had to buy what was out there, like it or not. Now, there’s another choice out there in the radio fence arena. It’s called Pulsed Proportional Stimulus™.

The proprietary Pulsed Proportional Stimulus™ System is a technology that stands apart from all other radio dog fences made. In order to explain the difference, let’s first summarize the principal in which the traditional radio fences work.

"Progressive Stimulus" or "Run-Through" prevention typically have a tone only warning zone, followed by a mild stimulus zone and finally a high level shock zone very close to the wire. "Tone only" warning zones present the first potential problem in your radio fence in which they often allow the dog to escape because many animals quickly learn that if they stand in the warning zone long enough, the tone stops. Why? Because the collar battery runs down. Since the tone always precedes the shock, astute dogs can quickly learn that once the warning tone stops, they’re free to leave.

The next problem that these traditional containment systems present is that they create zones wherein a low voltage shock is followed by a higher voltage shock. The low voltage shock may allow the dog to ignore the stimulus, thereby getting closer to the boundary line. Once they cross into the next zone, they promptly receive a higher voltage shock. There are dogs that are fine with this, and quickly learn not to cross into the zone, and then there are other dogs that react with trauma. Until you try it, you’re not sure which group your dog may fall into.

Pulsed Proportional Stimulus was created to address and correct these two problems. With this technology, instead of a warning tone, followed by a continuous shock of one level or another, sound and shock stimuli are delivered simultaneously in short, intense bursts, and the sound and shock stimulus bursts are increased continuously as your dog approaches the boundary wire. The closer your dog moves toward the boundary, the more rapid the pulses become allowing your dog to decide how much stimulus is enough to engender the retreat behavior. This new treatment of stimulus is designed to get your dog's attention, but with such a short pulse that your dog will probably not perceive it as painful. There is no longer the problem of dogs lingering in the warning zone and the possibility of trauma to your dog from a higher voltage continuous shock is eliminated..

Pulsed Proportional Stimulus also attempts to make the most use of sound stimulus. It’s well known by pet researchers that sound stimulus greatly affects dog behavior. Pulsed Proportional Stimulus reinforces the shock pulse stimulus with sound pulses. The sound stimulus is not just a barely audible warning tone, but a loud pulse of sound delivered along with the short burst of shock. The sound pulse intensifies the perceived effect of the shock stimulus. The designers of this system created it with the belief that this results in quicker training and less pain, with the overall result of a quicker, more reliable, more humane training system.

So if you've been considering an electronic dog fence but you aren't comfortable with the common technology offered up to now, this new technology presents another option to consider before making your purchase.

 

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Marilou Sabina
Marilou Sabina

Marilou Sabina is an article contributor and reviewer of High Tech Pet Products. As a pet lover, she employs several hours a day researching pet products and new product technology so pet owners can make an informed decision before purchasing items such pet fences, pet doors, trainers, bark control devices and other pet accessories.

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