How to train your pet to use an invisible fence
My own dog, with proper training, learned where her boundaries were and rarely tested them after a month. In fact, after the fourth months, I did not even bother putting the collar on her most times, as I felt comfortable that she understood where her yard boundaries were and would not cross them but being cheeky sometimes she would go near the boundaries to test them. Just as humans dogs have different personalities, and while some dogs are quick to obey and stay away from the invisible fence others might not but dogs quickly learn how the static shock dog fence works.
On purchase of an invisible fence, you will receive a manual with training information on how to set and use it. I will detail it in summary for you to see how it works.
- Set Up System + Flags.
After installing the dog fence system, you will set up flags around the perimeter of your boundary area 10 feet apart, if the yard is big you may need to buy extra flags.
- Show dog boundaries with tone only.
Switch the collar to a tone-only setting and hold it in your hand. With your leashed dog, approach the flagged boundary line. When the collar emits the warning sound, bring your dog several paces back towards the safety area. Reward with praise and treats.
- Repeat With several flags.
On the first training, day repeat this process with a few flags until your dog resists approach the flag.
- Add static correction.
In following days, switch to the static shock correction (start with a low setting and adjust if necessary if your dog ignores it). Continue approaching the flags (and retreating after the correction) until your dog resists approach the boundary flags.
- Distraction test for your dog.
After several days of training, test your dog’s resolve by throwing a ball or toy outside of the boundary line. If he does not follow the toy and stops at the boundary line, reinforce him with praise or treat. This will reassure you training has worked.
- Remove the leash.
Let your dog off the leash within the yard after a week of solid training. This is only done after your dog has completed the previous steps.
- Begin removing flags for boundaries.
After two weeks, begin to remove boundary flags. Start by removing every other flag, and then eventually you can remove them all.
Tips for successful training.
- Ensure your dog is relaxed when conducting the training. You do not want to train an aggressive dog. If you notice this stop and continue at a later day.
- Keep training sessions short. Training sessions should last around 10 – 20 minutes. Frustrating your dog will not help hence do not exhaust your dog.
- Effective training– have shorter and more frequent training sessions that are fun and will be most effective to your dog.
- Ample play. Be sure to start and end every training session with plenty of fun playtime. Breaks are necessary for your dog to avoid exhaustion and remember patience pays.
- NO punishment- Do not punish your dog or get angry when it does something wrong or forgets the boundary. You do not want to scare your dog, it will be afraid to go out if it gets constant shocks and you reprehend it.
- Leaving the Area. When going on outside walks, always remove the invisible dog fence collar and replace it with a walking collar and leash. When leaving the property, stick to your routine always leave by the same route so as to not confuse your dog.
This article will ease your burden on training your dog and also give you a piece of mind If you travel a lot or often go on camping vacations, you may be better off with the wireless units. The wireless units make it easy to transport and use your system in other areas to name a few advantages. Our previous article Benefit of having an invisible pet fence has explained a lot and provided you with pros and cons of the different types of fences you can choose from that are our customers’ favourites.
Bottom line is to train your dog and teach them where the new boundaries are. Setting up your invisible fence and sending your dog outside to get shocked will not be fun for him and you will fail miserably. You do not want your dog to become terrified to go outside or sit immobilized in their yard, too scared to move because of the shock waves. The important point of investing in an invisible fence is to enable your dog to roam and frolic about the yard in safety.