How to install a wireless dog fence

Each wireless dog fence will have its own specific installation instructions, but they all operate on basically the same principle. So here we will take you through the general steps on how to install a wireless dog fence. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for specifics on your model.

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Step 1 – Transmitter

The first thing to do is to set up your transmitter. The transmitter needs to be located in the very center of the area you want your dogs to be able to roam. It must also be indoors, as the units are not usually weatherproof. Try find a spot on a wall that is out of the way, but has a nearby power outlet you can use.

The unit will generally have one or two adjustable settings, one is the distance to the boundary, and another potentially for setting the width of the warning area. If you have a rough idea of the unit’s range as well as the distance to your desired perimeter you can try set it now, but it will be adjusted later when you test the system. Turn the system on when finished.

Step 2 – Collar

cuteThe next thing you want to do is get the receiver working. Receivers are battery powered, and an appropriate battery is usually included. The collars will often allow for the adjustment of the type of correction that is delivered, and when static, how much energy is delivered. Consult your specific model’s manual on how to do this, as well as to get a reference for what level to use for your dog.

Taking care not to touch the electrodes, insert the battery in the correct orientation into your collar, and close the collar again. Some collars may also come with different length electrodes, which you can switch between depending on the length of your dog’s hair.


Step 3 – Boundary Setup

The next step is to determine the currently setup boundaries, and adjust them as needed. To test where the boundary is, you’re going to be activating the collar’s warning and static correction actions. As such it’s very important to avoid touching the electrodes, otherwise you may inadvertently shock yourself. Some manufacturers supply a test cover which you can apply to the electrodes to prevent this.

Boundary setup is most easily done with two people. One person remains at the transmitter, while the other takes the collar and stands at the desired boundary warning spot. The collar should be held at the same height as it would be when attached to the dog. Once there the person by the transmitter slowly increases the boundary distance setting from the lowest rating until the collar triggers, at which point the person with the collar can notify the one at the transmitter to stop. If alone, this can be achieved with some trial and error, checking the current boundary setting, and then gradually increasing or decreasing the setting on the transmitter until the correct distance is achieved.

Step 4 – Boundary Visualization

As part of the training, you need to get your dog to associate the beeping of the collar with it exceeding a certain physical space. To make this easier for you and them, creating a visual mark along the boundary is necessary.big guy

Most wireless dog fence kits will include a number of small flags with which you can mark your boundary. Take the collar and your flags and walk the perimeter. Walk towards your boundary until the collar beeps, and mark the point at which it started beeping with a flag. Walk back into the safe area, and move along the boundary about 10 feet before trying to cross it again. Once again mark the point the collar beeps with a flag. You should repeat this for the entire length of the boundary.

Step 5 – Collar Fitment

Before you have fully trained your dog, you should not have the collar administer any kind of punishment for crossing the boundary, as it will be unable to correlate the punishment with what it’s doing. Instead, you can start off with the collar on just the warning mode.
To fit the collar, have your dog standing and put the collar around its neck. The electrodes should be pointing towards the dog’s neck, and located under the neck. Adjust the tightness so that when you place a finger between your dog’s neck and an electrode, it is snug, but not constricting.

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Now that everything is setup, there’s one last thing to do, and that is training your dog. Training your dog is the most important step with a wireless dog fence. If done properly your dog will learn its boundaries without requiring correction, if done poorly it can result in unnecessary corrections being dealt to your dog. Training is important, so you should consult further material on how best to do it for your dog and setup.