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After all the hard work of finding the best wireless dog fence for your pet, it is now time to install it. The device is all set up and requires some basic knowledge of what your system does.
Pet Containment System Terminologies
A transmitter is the main unit that will be transmitting the static shock through the collar. There are range adjustments and perimeter adjustments to help customize the boundary. The control for the intensity of the static shock is located on the transmitter.
A boundary is the point beyond which the pet cannot go. It is initially marked with flags included in the kit so during training, the pet and trainer know exactly where it is. Once the pet is trained accordingly the boundary flags are removed.
The wireless collar, sometimes also working as a dog GPS tracker, is the main device that must be working properly in order to deliver the corrective behavior static shock. When fully charged, the unit usually lasts up to a week or more. These collars come with 2 sizes of prongs—the short prong is for short haired pets and the long prong for longer hair pets. If during any time of training the pet doesn’t show a significant response to the static shock then you need to increase the intensity or if you are using the largest prong, you will need to trim the hair at the back of your dog. The collar prongs must be in direct contact with the pet’s skin. Please note the following important notes about the collar:
- Remove collar in the night while the pet is sleeping.
- Do not leave your pet for more than 10 hours.
- Do not use the collar to attach a leash or anything else.
- Do not pull or yank the collar.
- Keep the collar charged.
Boundary flags will help remember where the boundary is until the pet is properly trained. Your pet will also recognize these flags.
Wireless Pet Containment System Installation Step-by-Step
- Removal & Installation Of Transmitter
Remove everything from the box. Read the manual, if there is one. Install the transmitter unit in a place that allows full range on your property. Make sure there is no metal within 2 feet of the transmitter. Hang on the wall if wall mounted or set up higher; at least 2 to 4 feet from ground level.
- Setting Up Boundary
Take out the collar and attach to the charger and wait about 2 hours to get a complete charge, usually, a light will blink when ready. Press and hold the on button until the light starts blinking. When setting-up a boundary, make sure you are aware of the transmitter’s specifications on distances. Most manufacturers have a high frequency and a low frequency depending on the range needed. If your home has a large backyard you will need to adjust the setting usually found on the transmitter base.
Next, we suggest that you have a helper as it will make setting up easier.
One person stands at the transmitter while another walks out toward the boundary and waits for the beeping signal of the boundary line and the static shock. Place the boundary flags as you walk the boundary line. Make sure you walk around your entire home so you know where it stops and starts. Also, in order to take your pet inside and out of the home, make sure there is an exit point on the property. On most models, you can adjust the setting and hone in on the frequency to custom fit your area.
- Adjusting The Collar Static Shock
Most collars have an adjustable button that will signal what level of static shock correction it will deliver. Always start your pet out on the lowest setting and if no positive response is received, then an adjustment is needed. If the shock is too much for the pet it will avoid the boundary and will be quite anxious and upset . This is not a positive reaction so avoid setting too high.
- Training And Removal Of Boundary Flags
Most models contain a training guide, which is also available on YouTube, to help you train your pet to stay inside the boundary. Please note that it will take some dedicated time and understanding to train pets properly. Once the training is complete, slowly remove the boundary flags allowing the pet to ease into the unmarked boundary.
Training your pet to stay inside the boundaries is a matter of consistency and confidence for the trainer. It has been proven that a mixed method of boundary static shock, reward, and reinforcement is the best way to get lasting behavioral changes. Make sure you follow the recommendations of the manufacturer when setting up your system as they do vary. You may experience a harder time with receiving signal in areas that have steep declines or inclines, so test the device first.