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How much time do you spend looking for your pet to bring it home when it strays or just because it's time for dinner? Probably a lot, and you're not the only one. We explain how to get the most out of your Weenect GPS collar, so that your dog or cat can come back on its own!
Animal behavior can be influenced by various stimuli. One of the most notable examples is Pavlov's response. Let's delve into how this phenomenon is employed and Weenect's perspective on it.
This term comes from the Russian doctor of the same name. At the beginning of the 20th century he demonstrated that it was possible to condition an animal to act in a certain way according to a stimulus. This is the same idea that is used for electric fences: every time the animal tries to cross this fence it will receive an electric shock. Eventually it will associate the two events and will therefore avoid approaching the fence.
At Weenect we’re not for this practice which can be painful for the animal (although we understand that a person may prefer this method to the loss of their pet). To prevent your animal from straying we recommend the use of the runaway alert (geofence entry and exit alerts).
Conditioning can play a pivotal role in influencing animal behavior, especially in how they respond to specific stimuli. Let's explore how this principle can be applied effectively to summon an animal using a GPS collar.
Nonetheless, based on this principle, it is possible to condition your pet to return home on its own. By ringing or making their GPS collar vibrate at each meal, they will eventually associate the two events. Then all you need to do is click on the Weenect application to call your dog or cat back to you (when the collar rings or vibrates your pet will think that it’s time for lunch).
For best results, we recommend that you serve the food as soon as your pet arrives; as they may not come next time if they don’t associate the two things. In this way the food serves as a positive reinforcement of the expected behaviour.
Weenect remains first and foremost a GPS tracker, and as such is intended to give you the position of your pet at all times. Nevertheless, a little comfort never goes amiss, and being able to get your companion back without getting up from the sofa is a comfort that many an owner would appreciate.