Myths. We’ve all been told them and, at some point, we’ve probably even believed in a myth before finding out it wasn’t true! ‘Razors make your hair grow thicker.’ ‘Chewing gum stays in your stomach for 7 years.’ ‘It’s dangerous to hold a sneeze.’ All of these are common myths which, though funny, are simply untrue.

We love debunking myths at Hidden Fence Central Coast and Hunter… which is a good quality to have, because our industry is actually full of myths and misconceptions.

In this post, we’ll debunk a few commonly purported myths about electric collars for dogs, explaining the truth behind each false point.

Myth #1: It’s as simple as putting on the electric collar and letting the dog figure it out

We get why people might think this is the case, but establishing a Hidden Fence with radio frequency involves a bit more than just attaching an electric collar. First, we start with some basic training for you and your dog with visual aids to help it understand the parameters of the Hidden Fence, and giving love when it avoids the boundary line. Once training is completed, usually in 2-6 10-15 min sessions the majority of dogs understand not to cross the boundary within 24-72 hours, and even if they get close to the fence, there’s an audible warning tone that reminds them not to.

Myth #2: E-collars hurt dogs

It’s a common myth that electric collars are basically ‘shock collars for dogs’ and that an e-collar stimulation is like being tasered. This is untrue. Electric collars do not ‘shock’ dogs; they produce a customised electrical stimulation which stimulates the muscles and is completely safe for dogs. At Hidden Fence Central Coast and Hunter, we love dogs, which is why we only supply DogWatch products: a trusted, quality brands of electronic collar systems that are proven to be safe for dogs.

Myth #3: Dogs are afraid of electric collars

Dogs don’t associate electric collars with pain, and therefore aren’t afraid of them. This is because our training process involves lots of positive reinforcement and love with the e-collars, allowing dogs to associate e-collars with rewards.

Myth #4: Dogs with e-collars are constantly crossing the electronic boundary

Hidden Fences only produce a stimulation when a dog cross the electronic boundary, but there’s a common misconception that dogs then constantly cross electronic boundaries, meaning they receive multiple stimulations per day. This is also untrue. Most dogs after training fully understand where their boundary is and choose not to cross the Hidden Fence.

The truth is that Hidden Fences and electronic collars are an effective and humane way to keep your dog safe and secure, without necessarily having to erect physical fences. Hidden Fence Central Coast and Hunter are retailers and installers of the DogWatch Hidden Fence – a patented product which is the only internationally supported professional grade system available in Australia. Get in touch with our team to learn more about our dog fences and grab a quote today.

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