Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, Lucky is trained to safely stay in her own yard. Lucky's owners have made use of Petech, a new Sikeston business providing electronic pet containment.
Petech owners and Sikeston natives Clay Lape and Micah Werner established their company in June after receiving training from Pet Stop, a national company which developed the pet fence system in 1993.
"We are both recent college graduates and this seemed like a good business venture for us," said Lape.
Added Werner, "And we both care for dogs and this is a safe way, an effective way to keep a dog safe."
The fencing works by conditioning the pet to avoid an electronic boundary created by a special wire installed around the area where the homeowner wants the pet contained. Werner explained Petech can install the wire around almost any perimeter to fit the pet owners' needs. Typically the loop wire is buried a few inches in the ground and carries a harmless specially-coded radio signal.
The pet wears a lightweight receiver mounted on a nylon collar that is tuned to the signal frequency. As the pet approaches the signal field it receives an audible warning followed by a correction. The correction is similar to a static electrical shock and while the pet finds it distasteful, it is harmless, the young men emphasized. Lape described the collars as high-tech yet small and durable.
But even before that first shock, Lape and Werner work with the pet to condition the animal on its new limits.
Placing white flags along where the wire will be, Werner walked Lucky toward the flags, then issued a sharp "no" pulling the dog back from the boundary. Following a second trip toward the flags and a second rebuke, Lucky was willing to sit in the grass.
"We go through this to give the dog a visual idea of where he will receive a correction. Animals only will have to go through the corrections a few times before they get used to the fence," assured Werner.
With proper training the pet learns to avoid the correction by responding to the warning. Once the collar is in place, most properly trained pets will experience the correction only once.
"It's learning, correction. Then the distraction and correction solidifies the training," said Werner.
According to Werner, the invisible fence offered through Petech not only is economical but aesthetic. "You don't have a fence blocking your view," he said.
Installation of the system typically takes four to six hours, depending on the size of the area, Lape said. While programming and fitting the pet's collar properly is essential to making the system work, an equally important part of Petech is the training provided to the animal. Depending on the pet breed, age and personality, training may require different approaches but usually is done in two 15-minute sessions.
Lape described the Pet Stop system used by Petech as 100 percent effective. Also he noted more than one animal can be contained by the system and the signal used for each home is specially coded so it won't cause interference with a neighboring system.
"We are new to the business but there are people who have been doing this for years and it is effective," assured Lape, adding the men guarantee their work. Another plus, he said, is that the fencing can be removed should the homeowner relocate.
In addition to the invisible fencing, Lape and Werner are available to provide basic pet training.
"We want to help people be good pet owners by caring for and protecting their pets," said Werner. "We are available to answer their questions and if we don't have the answer we will find it for them."
For more information about Petech, contact Lape or Werner at 471-4334.