Training is the most important part of setting up your dog fence. Your dog doesn’t know what a dog fence is and won’t understand what the flags mean or even what happened when they get a correction unless you teach them. Once you have your dog containment system or dog fence installed and the flags in place we recommend the following 5 steps of training. The duration listed next to each step is our recommendation. The time required for your dog may vary.
- Initial Training – correction turned off (5-7 days)
- Correction Training – correction turned on (3-7 days)
- Eliminate the Leash Training – supervised to unsupervised (3-7 days)
- Removing the Flags – duration can be 3 weeks to several months
- Taking the Dog for a Walk – safe crossing point for walks (2-4 days)
Let’s get started with Step 1!
The goals for Step 1 are as follows:
- Show your dog the boundary of their new containment area or Safe Zone.
- Have your dog recognize that the beep and/or vibration from the collar means turn back into the Safe Zone.
- Inside the boundary or Safe Zone is a great place to be
In preparation for Step 1 you will need to:
- You will want to disable the ability of the system to correct the dog, this first step will be to teach your dog the boundaries of the Safe Zone using only the beep and/or vibration that is emitted by the collar. In order to do this you will need to turn off the correction or turn it down as far as it will go. Or you may have gotten covers with your system or finally you can just cover the contacts with masking tape. Once you have done this put the collar on your dog.
- You will want to play with your dog for a couple of minutes before and after training so that they will be excited about training.
- If you have more than one dog, you will want to train only one at a time.
Now that you know the goals for Step 1 and you have done your preparation let’s get started with the training.
- Before leaving the house put a leash on your dog and make sure that the leash collar is not over the top of the correction collar.
- Then lead your dog out of the house and have some play time within the Safe Zone.
- After a few minutes, let your dog start to lead your around the area. When the dog gets to the flags and/or you hear the beep from the collar, firmly use the leash to bring the dog back away from the flags into the Safe Zone while also firmly saying “NO”.
- When the dog turns back into the Safe Zone praise the dog.
- Continue this process for about 15 minutes per session
- Make sure that you take a minute or two to play with your dog in the Safe Zone after each session.
- Do not remove the leash until back inside the house.
- Note: DO NOT lead your dog to or past the flags, this will only confuse them and could damage the trust that they have in you.
And that completes Step 1 of your dog fence training. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Step 1 and when you are ready go to step 2.
Frequently Asked Questions for Step 1 Training
My dog is not crossing the boundary line, should I take him past?
No, never lead your dog past the flags or even encourage your dog to cross them, this is confusing to the dog and will create problems during training and beyond. Always encourage them to stay within the boundaries and let them decide if they want to challenge the line. You will want to continue with the Step 1 training but you may be able to cut a day or two off of the time frame given for Step 1.
Can I take my dog for a walk? How do I do that?
For smaller dogs you can take off their correction collar and carry them across the boundary line before putting them down for their walk. Be sure to carry them back into the safe zone once you are done with your walk as well.
For larger dogs you will want to take off their correction collar and put them in your car and drive them across the line. Park the care and let them out for their walk. Be sure to drive them back into the safe zone as well.
This is very important as you want to make sure the dog understands quickly that they can’t just cross the line. In Step 5 of training we will discuss how to handle walking your dog once they have been trained for at least a month.
I don’t hear the beep, how do I know when to pull back the dog?
The warning beep can be hard for many adults to hear. You can try looking at your dog’s ears, when they tense as if listening to something you know the beep is going off. Or you can try putting the dog’s collar on upside down so that the receiver portion of the collar is on top of the dog’s neck instead of underneath. With the receiver on top you will be able to see the collar indicator light flash and use that instead of trying to hear the beep.