Riddle me this: What breed of dog can jump higher than a building? The answer is, all of them can, since buildings can’t jump.
Well, even though we love seeing our four-legged friends happily bouncing around the lawn, we don’t want them jumping anywhere they’re not supposed to. Especially not inside the flower beds, on the couch or on our new table. But, how can we keep our dogs grounded?
With barriers, of course. Pet barriers are just what you need if you want to keep your white sofa as bright as the night’s moon. You can use them to protect not only things but also your dog. Let’s dive into the best options.
Electric Dog Fence
Wireless pet barriers are the best to protect garden beds, side gates, outdoor entertainment areas, trophy cabinets, glassware cabinets, and nursery rooms. But these can also be a great solution to keep your pup away from things inside your home.
Where to Set It Up
Just because your dog is hyper or taller than you doesn’t mean he has to be banished outside. This electric fence is a great pet barrier. There are two options for setup: wired and wireless.
With a wireless boundary, the signal can be adjusted to a precise perimeter to create a pet-free avoidance area. This is great for a living room, kitchen, or backyard. A boundary wire is a bit more specific to a designated area, like that precious cabinet of dishes you want to keep safe.
How It Works
As you start to operate the transmitter, it emits a radio signal in a circular radius that is picked up by your dog’s receiver collar. When your dog approaches the boundary, the receiver collar emits a warning tone to alert them that they are approaching the boundary.
However, if your dog ignores the tone and continues towards the transmitter, the collar delivers a mild static electric stimulation deterring your dog from the designated area. A bigger or more stubborn dog will require more electric stimulation.
With consistent training, they will learn to stay away from the area. These transmitters don’t have to break the bank, as they are very cost-effective, water-resistant, and last a long time.
You may be thinking, “Can my dog have a bark collar and collar transmitter?”. The answer is yes and no. You can eventually have both while training them for these new habits. But introducing them one by one is best. Once they master their barriers with a transmitter collar, then you can tackle a pesky bark.
Keeping your dog within its specific parameters is hard indoors. For some dogs, just seeing a gate is enough for them to not push it anymore. These can be portable and easy to set up while you travel.
While electric fences offer training, dog gates are just saying no to the dog without any repercussions. They are meant more to discourage passing a threshing floor.
Your home aesthetic doesn’t have to be ruined by a pet barrier fence. For instance, you can pick a dog gate that complements your floors since these items come in a variety of colours, materials and styles.
The setup is easy because most components come assembled in a package. If you are worried it will become annoying for you to come back and forth in your home, then choose a single-hand open gate. The other solution would be a wireless transmitter setup.
Other Ways to Keep Dogs Off Certain Areas
Besides using the abovementioned pet barriers, there are other DIY techniques that require more training to keep your pup off your stuff. Dogs are naturally against smells such as vinegar, chilli pepper, rubbing alcohol and ammonia.
For the most effective use of chilli pepper, sprinkle some in the garden and in areas you want to keep your pet away from. The uncomfortable feeling that goes up its nose will keep it away, and over time it will get the hint.
Then, there’s ammonia. I know what you’re thinking “Alcohol?”. Those are strong-smelling chemicals. It is strong and should be used carefully. Some prefer vinegar as it’s not as pungent, but if you have a stubborn bet, you have to go stronger. Simply put whichever liquid you want on a cotton ball and leave it in the area you want to deter your doggy from going to.
In addition, you can also try citrus scents which canines hate. The scent of lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits is strong and unpleasant for their highly-sensitive noses. To make your own indoor barrier for dogs mix two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar and 20 drops of any citrus-scented essential oil into one and a half cups of cold water. Spray and you will see how your pup will stay away.