June 9, 2013

How to Be A Better Pet-Owner: Finalist 17

Before I begin, I would like to acknowledge that this essay was inspired from the book titled “Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals ”, written by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. This book provides a lot of information on the behaviour and needs of animals, and is definitely […]
June 9, 2013

How To Be A Better Pet Owner: Finalist 16

Over the last one hundred or so years there has been a shift in the general paradigm of how animals are viewed as part of the modern American family with an even more drastic shift seen in the last twenty years. Animals have gone from being an integral part of a working […]
June 8, 2013

How to Be a Better Pet Owner: Finalist 15

I read a story once about a boy named Shane who had to put his dog to sleep at the young age of 6. After the veterinarian preformed the euthanasia, she talked to the parents about the sad and unfair question as to why animals live such short lives. As they were […]
June 7, 2013

How to Be a Better Pet Owner: Finalist 14

Growing up in an environment where animals are kept mainly for food and economic purposes with little care about their help and general standard of living, it was a little hard to imagine that these animals deserves friendship, love, affection and a right to a better living. As time passed, I started […]
June 6, 2013

How to Be a Better Pet Owner: Finalist 13

Little Grace was down to her last ping pong ball. Every year she played this game at the county fair, but for some reason she never succeeded. No matter which way she threw them, the balls would bounce right back out of the little cups and into the water. It was so […]
June 6, 2013

How to Be a Better Pet Owner: Finalist 12

Being a pet owner is quite a large responsibility. Taking care of another living thing takes time and effort, but the satisfaction is a worthy reward. There is no feeling like coming home after a long day and being greeted by that slobbery face that has been awaiting your return. Pet ownership […]
June 5, 2013

How to Be a Better Pet Owner: Finalist 11

My best friend is the best thing that has ever happened to me. She is always welcoming and sweet, and she alone is able to rid me of all of my worries with something as simple as a snuggle. I look forward to bedtime, because she sleeps wrapped around by head like […]
June 5, 2013

How to Be a Better Pet Owner: Finalist 10

There are several steps that one can take to be a better pet owner. The initial considerations start with realizing that a 10-15 year commitment was just made to take care of the pet for its lifetime. This includes the animal’s healthcare, psychological, and nutritional needs. All of these things do cost […]
September 7, 2011

Trampoline Interference With Dog Fence

A customer asks why the dog fence collar keeps going off near the trampoline when the trampoline is placed near the dog fence boundary. I just installed an older invisible fence- 14 gauge wire. It works, but the transmitter is very old. Model ICT 150 with a LP 3000. It only has […]
December 17, 2011

Large Dog Fence Installation

A reader installing a 23 acre dog fence asks some questions about large dog fence installations and training. I’ve been all through your site and love all the information but as with anything new I have a few different problems and questions that I hope you won’t mind answering. I have 23 […]
April 2, 2012

Strong Willed Dog

A reader asks, for advice containing a strong willed dog: We have a 9 year old Boxer mix that we rescued from the SPCA 9 years ago. We have been told that this dog is part Boxer and part Sheltie………but others think part Boxer part Pit Bull. This dog is 100% energy, […]
August 22, 2012

DIY Dog Fence vs. Invisible Fence

A customer asks what the difference is between an Invisible Fence Brand system and a DIY system? I got a quote from Invisible Fence for well over 1000 dollars today but during the consultation I was told that any DIY systems are a bad choice because 1) They use radio signals to […]
March 10, 2013

When a Dog Fence Stops Working

Reader Heather asks what she should do when her underground fence stops working for two of her dogs. I have 2 large Rottweilers and a German Shepherd Mix with extremely thick double under coats about 90 lbs and 1 small terrier about 15 lbs, undercoat is not a problem with her. We […]
March 16, 2013

Training Collar or Dog Fence

A reader has a question about whether to use a training collar or a dog fence system. I am moving to an apartment next month and have 2 dogs, both Cocker Spaniels and about 20-25 pounds. With the new apartment we have a small area just around our apartment that is open […]
April 2, 2013

Underwater Installation

Steve asks some questions about running an underwater line on the dog fence. Stu, I have a rambunctious cocker that is 10 months old and obviously needs your help. He is 20lbs and probably full grown at this point. We live on an acre situated on a lake. The dogs (10 yr […]
April 22, 2013

PetSafe Stubborn Transmitter Issues

A customer reports strange symptoms from their transmitter.  We suggest a short loop test, for diagnosing whether the problem is due to the transmitter or due to a break in the boundary wire. I have a Petsafe Inground Stubborn Dog Fence PIG00-10777. I walked in my house last week to find a loud […]