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Glossary

Aggressive Behavior
Boundary Zone/Static Correction Zone
Building Up a Door
Closing Panel
Contact Points
Correction/Level of Correction
Cut-Out Size
Door Flap
Door Frame
Door Rise
Flap Size
Flap Opening Size
Frame Size
Glass Sweep
Perfect Bark Detection
Pet Area
Pet Proofing
Pet Size
Pressure Necrosis
Progressive Static Correction
QuickFit Buckle
Radio-Frequency Interference
Receiver Collar
Run-Through Prevention
Static Correction/Static Stimulation
Surge Protector
Time-Out
Tone Only Mode
Transmitter
Warning Zone

 

Aggressive Behavior
Never use electronic collars to correct or eliminate any form of aggressive behavior. This includes Remote Trainers, Bark Control Collars, and Fence Receiver Collars. Examples of aggressive behavior/body language in dogs could include: ears back, body low to the ground, snarling, growling, fleeing, lunging, nipping, biting, etc. Contact your local veterinarian or professional trainer to determine if your pet might be aggressive.
 
Boundary Zone/Static Correction Zone
The Boundary Zone is the area you want your pet to stay away from. Once your pet passes from the safe designated Pet Area into the Warning Zone, he will hear a warning beep that he’s getting close to the Boundary Zone. If he enters the Boundary Zone, your pet’s Receiver Collar will begin to deliver a Static Correction, signaling him to return to the Pet Area. The correction will continue until he returns to the Pet Area.
 
Building Up a Door
If you have a pet door and want to replace it with a smaller pet door, you can build up the hole by using shims, small pieces of wood used to adjust space between two objects. Shims are sold at hardware or home improvement stores.
 
Closing Panel
A closing panel is a cover for your PetSafe door that snaps on or slides in, usually on the interior side, to prevent your pet from using the door. This is useful during inclement weather or when you need to limit your pet’s access.
 
Contact Points
Two metal pieces on the receiver collar that deliver the safe Static Correction to your pet. They come in two sizes, short and long. Long contact points may be better for pets with longer hair.
 
Correction/Level of Correction
The level of correction your pet will receive. PetSafe offers 4 kinds of correction: spray, static, vibration, and ultrasonic. Each correction type is safe, mild, and used as a training cue to re-focus your pet’s attention and interrupt his behavior. The correct level for your pet causes a small, curious reaction, such as the ears rising or the head tilting.
 
Cut-Out Size
The opening you cut in your door for pet door installation.
 
Door Flap
One, two, or three pieces that go in between the frames of your door. This is the part your pet passes through to come in and out. The door may have one rectangular/square flap or one flap and one U-shaped flap. The Extreme Weather Door features a three flap system.
 
Door Frame
The pet door frame is made of two parts: the interior part and the exterior part. The internal frame is the frame for the pet door on the inside, and the external frame is the part on the outside of the home. These two pieces fit together to hold a flap in between the two frames.
 
Door Rise
The height from the floor to the bottom of the flap in the pet door; it is the height the pet must step over to enter or exit the pet door.
 
Flap Size
The size of the entire flap itself. This is not the size of the hole your pet enters, this is the measurement of the entire flap.
 
Flap Opening Size
The opening in the pet door; the usable flap space for your pet to enter and exit through the pet door. This is not the overall size of the flap itself.
 
Frame Size
Overall pet door dimensions, usually measured on the outer edge of the interior frame.
 
Glass Sweep
A thick rubber sealing strip used in the patio doors to adhere to the pet panel and seal it to the stationary panels, giving you a better fit and less drafts.
 
Perfect Bark Detection
A PetSafe technology that combines multiple bark detection methods to ensure that your dog's bark is the only sound that will cause a correction. This technology uses both vibration and sound sensors, so the collar will only activate when it detects both your dog’s vocal chords moving and the sound of your dog’s bark. This is critical to ensuring barking is controlled effectively and that your pet is properly trained to stop barking without unnecessary corrections.
 
Pet Area
The area in which your pet can roam freely. This is the area you train your pet to stay within safely without receiving correction.
 
Pet Proofing
Changing your indoor or outdoor living environment to make it safe for pets or to prevent pets from getting to certain areas. This may include securing trash cans, blocking pets from scratching or climbing on furniture, making certain rooms or areas off-limits, etc. Our pet proofing options are safe, effective, and portable.
 
Pet Size
Your pet’s height is measured from the tallest part of the pet, the top of the shoulders to the bottom of the chest or belly. Width is measured from the widest part of the pet, the chest or hips.
 
Pressure Necrosis
A form of skin ulceration, similar to advanced bed sores, that can be caused by decreased circulation from wearing a collar for too long. Pressure necrosis is easily preventable by frequently checking the fit of the collar and the neck of the pet.
Tips for prevention:
  • Avoid leaving the collar on the pet for more than 12 hours per day.
  • When possible, reposition the collar on the pet’s neck every 1 to 2 hours.
  • Check the fit of the collar to prevent excessive pressure. Contact Points should be centered under the pet’s neck and you should be able to insert one finger between the Contact Point and the pet’s neck.
  • Never connect a leash to the collar.
  • When using a separate collar for a leash, don’t put pressure on the electronic collar or contact points.
  • Wash the dog’s neck area and the contacts of the collar weekly with a damp cloth.
  • Examine the contact area daily for signs of a rash or a sore.
  • If a rash or sore is found, discontinue use of the collar until the skin has healed.
  • If the condition persists beyond 48 hours, see your veterinarian.

 
Progressive Static Correction
With Progressive Static Correction, static correction begins at the lowest level and automatically increases to the maximum level within 3 seconds.
 
QuickFit Buckle
A PetSafe feature on select collars that lets you quickly and easily take the collar on and off and provides perfect collar fit every time.
 
Radio-Frequency Interference
Radio-frequency interference or “noise” is due to radio-frequency signals from other household appliances or electronic products that disrupt the receiver from receiving a signal from the transmitter. Interference can be minimal, constant, or ever changing based on usage and closeness of other electronic household items during operation. Household appliances and common electronic products should be placed at least two feet (60 cm) away from the transmitter.
 
Receiver Collar
Receives the radio signal from the transmitter to deliver correction.
 
Run-Through Prevention
A technology that is designed to ensure your pet's safety by automatically increasing the static correction level if your dog runs or darts toward the Boundary Zone to keep him from running through it.
 
Static Correction/Static Stimulation
This is a harmless, mild electrical stimulation used as a training cue to re-focus your pet’s attention and interrupt their behavior. The correct level for your pet causes a small, curious reaction, such as the ears rising or the head tilting. Most pets quickly learn to avoid receiving a correction by only displaying acceptable behavior.
Imagine a slight tickle. Or a light static-like surprise touching a metal doorknob. “Static correction” products are actually quite mild, even when set at the highest levels (and most pets learn easily at the lower levels). They work so well because they surprise your dog or cat, not because they cause pain.
How do static collars work? Static collars contain two small, safe contact points that gently administer a mild electrical stimulation through the skin. Pets experience a tingling sensation that startles them and interrupts their behavior. When used according to the training guide, teaching your pet the right behavior is quick and easy. PetSafe also offers static mats that can be placed in “off-limit” areas that deliver stimulation through the paws when stepped on.
 
Surge Protector
A feature on certain fencing models, included with the Fence Transmitter to protect the system from lightning strikes and power surges (USA and Canada only).
 
Time-Out
A function on certain receiver collars where the collar will stop delivering correction after a set period of time, usually 15 or 30 seconds.
 
Tone Only Mode
Sends a warning beep through your pet’s collar. There is no stimulation associated with this button.
With consistent training, this button can serve as either a Negative or Positive Tone. Timing is critical. You can use the Positive Tone as a marker to reinforce positive behavior by praising or treating the dog immediately following the Positive Tone. Or, you can use a Negative Tone with correction to stop unwanted behaviors by following the tone with the correction during or immediately after the unwanted behavior. Once your dog associates the Positive Tone with praise or the Negative Tone with the correction, you will only need to use the Tone.
 
Transmitter
Transmits the radio signal to the receiver collar.
 
Warning Zone
The area between the Pet Area and the Boundary Zone. If your pet leaves the Pet Area and enters the Warning Zone, he will hear a warning beep from his receiver collar. If he progresses past the Warning Zone into the Boundary Zone, he will receive a static correction as a signal to return to his established area.