Connect and Turn On
You now have the wire in place around your containment zone and the last step is to test the system. Connect the two ends of your wire loop to the system either directly or as we recommend through your lightning protection and then turn on your transmitter. Most transmitter boxes have a green light and/or an alarm to tell you if the system is working correctly. If you get the green light and no alarm, then your system is up and running….Congratulations, you can skip down to setting boundary zone and flags!
If, however, you get a blinking light and/or an alarm, that means there is a problem. It is usually a simple fix in that one of your splices may not be making the correct connection. That is why we left all of the splices unburied during wire installation for just such an issue. Turn off your system and check all of your connections including the splices and where you have attached the wires to the transmitter. Then turn the system back on and check for the green light. If you are still getting an alarm there is either a problem with your transmitter or you need to figure out where the break is in your wire.
If you are convinced that the wire your buried is fine, you can do a quick check of your transmitter. Take a section of wire, at least 5-10 feet and connect it directly to your transmitter creating a very small loop. Turn on the system. If the light is green, the transmitter is working and you have a break in the wire you installed. Next reconnect your lightning protection and create the small loop into your lightning protection. If the light is green, the break is somewhere in your yard, if you get an alarm, then the break is either in the wire between your transmitter and the lightning protection or the lightning protection may have an issue. If it appears that you have a break in your yard you can purchase a wire break kit that you can use to check for breaks.
Setting Boundary Zone and Flags
Once you have the green light on your transmitter you are ready to set your boundary zone and flags so that you can start training your dog. Use the dial on the transmitter to set your boundary width. You can check the width by taking a collar out towards the boundary wire at the height of your dogs neck (be careful not to touch contacts) and see where the collar beep, vibrations and/or warning light goes on. Adjust the width of the zone as needed, we suggest using a larger zone until the dog is comfortable with the system and then turning it down if the dog stays in the yard so it has more room to roam. We suggest 6-10′ for energetic, large and stubborn dogs and 4-6′ for smaller and less energetic medium sized dogs to start, but again, it is up to your judgment on the size of the containment zone, your yard layout, etc.
Once you have the boundary zone to the width that you want, you will start to place flags around the yard. Again, take the collar and a hand full of flags and head toward the boundary wire holding the collar at about the height of your dogs neck. At the edge of where the warning starts place your flag. Place the flags about 5′-10′ apart, closer together on curves. Continue all the way around the yard until the entire containment zone is surrounded by flags. In areas where you can’t put flags in the ground like your driveway or a walkway, just lay the flags down on top of them, so there is still a border.
Next Step – Training
You are done with installation! You just saved yourself a bunch of money. You are now ready for the most important step in owning a dog fence, Training Your Dog.