What’s The Goal: The first step of the training will involve introducing your dog to the containment boundaries and teaching it to respect them and retreat when required, without delivering a static correction. Before you get started, please make sure of the following:
- Training flags should be placed along the boundary line, spaced 5 to 10 feet apart.
- Disable static correction delivery on the collar receiver. On most of the best wireless dog fences, such as the Havahart Radial 2 and the PetSafe Stay & Play, this will involve setting the correction level to “1”, which means “Audible Signal Only.” Depending on your fence model, you’ll either be changing this setting directly through the collar, or via the main unit’s controls
- If you’re planning on training more than one dog, make sure to train each one separately so that you can give each of them the attention they deserve. Plus, if you train two or more dogs simultaneously, they could pose a distraction to each other, preventing them from focusing on the training properly.
Training Frequency And Volume
The boundary introduction part of wireless fence dog training should last for 5 to 7 days, depending on your dog’s temperament; the more energetic and adventurous your dog, the longer this part of training will take, though it can never go below 5 days.
Split up the daily regimen into 3 daily training sessions, 15 minutes each.
You Must Keep It Fun
It’s important to keep your dog happy and in a good mood throughout its training, which is why we recommend spending a good 10 minutes both prior to and after each of the three daily sessions playing and having fun with your pet. The more consistent you are with this, the less stressed your dog will get and the faster you’ll see excellent results from your training sessions. Have your dog’s favorite toy handy for playtime.
Step By Step Guide
Step one: fit the receiver collar around your dog’s neck, making sure it is snug but not tight (you should be able to fit a finger between the receiver probes and your dog’s skin). Make sure the “Beep-Only” correction level is active.
Step two: attach a second collar to your dog’s neck and put a leash on. Never attach the leash to the wireless fence receiver collar as any pulling will cause the probes to dig into your pet’s skin, causing pain.
Step three: walk around with your dog on the leash and, very slowly, approach the wireless containment area boundary. Try not to “force” your dog to cross the boundary and instead wait for it to do it on its own will. As soon as the receiver collar starts beeping, do the following:
- Firmly pull on the leash, forcing your dog to retreat from the boundary zone while saying “no no no” in a VERY firm tone (much more firmly than you usually do), though while making sure you do not stress or frighten your dog.
- Once your dog is away from the boundary and the receiver has stopped beeping, give your pet a solid pat, praise him, and give him a treat.
Step four: slowly approach a different boundary training flag located 10 to 30 feet away and attempt to cross the boundary. Once the collar begins to beep, repeat the procedure outlined in STEP THREE above. Keep going for a total of 15 minutes, then have some playtime with your dog once the session is over.
Note: if at any point during training your dog attempts to cross the boundary line, despite the collar beep sounding and despite you pulling the leash, make sure to shake one of the flags while firmly saying “no no no,” making sure your dog understands that flags are “bad.” Then pull the dog back into the containment area and make sure to praise it once the collar alarm stops beeping.
What Results Should You Expect?
After the first 5 to 7 days of this wireless fence dog training, you’ll likely start noticing your dog retreating all by itself as soon as the collar begins to beep, and without you having to pull the leash. (If this happens, please don’t forget to praise your dog.) Depending on your dog’s temperament, you may notice this change on the first day of training already!
If you don’t notice any change in your dog’s behavior after a full week of consistent training as described above, do not worry and do not extend the duration of this first phase. Simply move on to Step #2: Introduction To Static Correction
What If I Want To Take My Dog For a Walk?
If during this phase of dog training you want to take your dog outside the containment area, proceed as follows:
- Make sure your dog is not wearing the wireless fence receiver collar
- If your dog is light enough, lift the dog up yourself and move it across the boundary lines.
- If your dog is heavy and can’t be lifted, have it jump into the car inside the garage and drive it outside the wireless containment area.
What If You Can’t Hear The Collar Beeping During Training?
This can be an issue, especially if you live near a relatively busy street, as the beep is not as loud as you can imagine; and while your dog will definitely hear it, it’s possible that you won’t be able to. If this happens to you, the best solution is to put the collar the other way around your dog’s neck so that the receiver is located on the back of your pet’s neck rather than underneath his jaw; this way you’ll be able to see the collar LED flash each time the alarm goes off.
How To Behave During This Training Phase?
Stay relaxed at all times and never scare or stress out your dog for any reason. Be very patient with your dog just like you would be with a toddler. Never forget to praise your dog each time he retreats from the flags (regardless of whether your dog does it alone or if you had to pull the leash). Finally, never look directly at your dog while you are walking around and approaching the wireless boundary; always walk very slowly and keep looking ahead.
Please continue to Step 2 of your dog training: Introducing Static Correction.