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I have two German Shepherds who have the run of about 19 acres thanks to Invisible Fence® Brand. They go outside using their pet door, and I never have to wonder where they've gone, because they are very attentive to their boundaries. I have watched them, hot on the heels of a squirrel, come to a dead stop when they approach their boundary. It is a wonderful feeling to know they are having fun but are still safe.
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Tips from Invisible Fence® Brand
Can my Invisible Fence® Brand Computer Collar® get wet?
The Invisible Fence® Brand Computer Collar® is water-resistant not waterproof. In particularly humid climates or when the pet has access to creeks, pools, streams etc., water may get trapped in the Power Cap® battery compartment. The Power Cap® contains a small o-ring that helps minimize water intrusion, but if you think the battery compartment is getting wet, take the Power Cap® out. When the Power Cap® and its compartment are dry, place the Power Cap® back in the Computer Collar®. Remember, put the Computer Collar® back on the pet before he goes outside. Be sure to remove your pet's Invisible Fence® Brand Computer Collar® occasionally after he's been swimming or bathed. It'll help keep his neck dry and comfortable and prolong the life of the collar's material.
Do you know where your Invisible Fence® Brand boundary wire is?
As you plan your springtime projects or need to mark the location of your underground wire for landscaping, utility work or other digging, your local Invisible Fence® Brand dealer can help. The wire, which is typically buried several inches deep, can still be cut by a wayward shovel or spike. Your local Invisible Fence® Brand professional can quickly and easily mark your yard with flag markers to avoid any breaks in system integrity.
How does Winter affect my Invisible Fence® Brand solution?
With winter approaching, please take time to check the fit of your pet's Invisible Fence® Brand Computer Collar®. Most pets (and some people too) put on a few extra pounds in the winter months. Some pets will also grow a thicker coat to prepare them for the colder temperatures. Both of these can make the Computer Collar® too tight and possibly cause your pet's neck to become irritated. To check the fit of your pet's collar, you should be able to fit one finger between one of the collar's posts and your pet's skin. If one finger won't fit, the collar is too tight. If you can fit more than one finger, the collar is too loose.
What about snow piles?
Snow piles from shoveling sidewalks or driveways may impact the performance of your Invisible Fence® Brand system. To maintain optimal performance of your Invisible Fence® Brand system, we recommend that you not pile the snow on your Invisible Fence® Brand boundary line. This can create an exit path for your pet if the snow is piled higher than your Invisible Fence® Brand signal field. In most cases your Invisible Fence® Brand system is set to activate at least six to eight feet from the line — both width and height. If the snow pile is higher than the signal field set, you may have to shovel off some of that snow to keep your pet Safe @ Home!
Testing your Invisible Fence® Brand Brand Solution
We recommend that you periodically test your Invisible Fence® Brand system in good weather and bad. Check the system by holding your pet's Computer Collar® by the buckle and walking up to the boundary wire and listening for the audible tone. Be sure to hold the collar similar to how the pet would be wearing it, usually at knee level is close enough.
Check your pet's comfort with the Invisible Fence® Brand Computer Collar®
Frequently check the fit of your pet's Computer Collar®. You should be able to fit your finger between your pet's neck and one of the Computer Collar® posts. The Computer Collar® should be snug and as high up on your pet's neck as possible. Remove your pet's Computer Collar® regularly. Neck irritation can develop at any time, but is most likely to take place during warm weather, with thick-coated pets, during shedding season and any time the Computer Collar® is left on for long periods of time.
When is my puppy ready for Invisible Fence® Brand?
There are a couple things to consider when training a new pet to the Invisible Fence® Brand system.
- Your puppy should be at least 8 weeks old.
- A puppy should be able to perform basic training commands such as sit, stay and come, before introducing him to the Invisible Fence® Brand system. These simple training exercises will help condition your pup to training in general before introducing your pet to the Invisible Fence system.
What if I plan to move?
If you're planning to move into a new home, don't forget your Invisible Fence® Brand system. You can take the transmitter and Computer Collar® with you. Contact your new local Invisible Fence® Brand professional about laying new boundary wire, flagging your pet's new boundaries and training him to them. You can find your new Invisible Fence® Brand professional by entering your postal zip code into the dealer locator.
How often should I change Power Cap® batteries?
In order for your Invisible Fence® Brand system to work properly, the Power Cap® battery in the Computer Collar® should be changed regularly. Battery life can be drained by several factors, including low temperatures, the number of times a pet challenges the system, and the fit of the collar on the pet's neck. On average, your Power Cap® should be changed every three months. You can sign up for a battery plan through your local Invisible Fence® Brand professional.