Cats and dogs are naturally curious and enjoy exploring their surroundings. But there may be times, for safety or other reasons, that we want certain areas to be pet-free. Electronic barriers and deterrents help pets understand which places are ‚no paws allowed. An indoor pet barrier can prevent dogs and cats from raiding trash cans, jumping on counters or entering certain rooms. Outdoor models can keep pets away from gardens, pools or other parts of the yard.

How Electronic Pet Barriers and Deterrents Work

Although there are different types of electronic pet barriers and deterrents, they all work in a similar way. The pet barrier is placed near anything that should be avoided. When the device is approached, it emits a mild correction designed to teach pets to stay away. Depending on the product, the correction is either spray, ultrasonic or static. The level of correction and range of coverage is typically adjustable.

Examples of electronic barriers and deterrents include:

  • Mats that are activated when a pet steps on it. The static stimulation is surprising, but not harmful, and can effectively keep a pet off of a counter or out of a room.

  • Automated spray systems that combine spray technology with motion detectors. The system detects a pet’s movement as she approaches and releases a brisk spray. The correction is designed to surprise the pet and cause her to turn away.

  • Units that transmit a radio signal to a receiver collar that the pet wears. This type of pet barrier system is often used to teach an animal to stop jumping in pools, digging in flowerbeds or going into certain parts of the house.

With electronic barriers and deterrents, we can share our homes with our pets and designate certain off-limit areas at the same time. These useful training tools help our pets understand what areas to avoid and what is theirs to enjoy.