Troubleshooting Problems With Your Wireless Dog Fence – Part Two

You might also want to read part one of this guide.

The Collar is Beeping Inside The House. What To Do?

You should remember that for most models, the minimum containment circle has to be 10 feet in diameter or more. In other words, if the collar gets closer to the transmitter (the main control unit) than 10 feet, the collar could behave in unexpected ways. As a general rule, when your dog enters the house, remove the receiver collar from around his neck and switch it off.

If your house is very big and if the containment area has a relatively small radius, it’s likely that a part of the containment boundary falls somewhere inside your house, causing the collar to beep whenever it crosses that part of the boundary. You can try expanding the radius of the Pet Zone or re-positioning the transmitter, however the best solution is again to always take the collar off your dog and switch it off whenever your pet enters the house.

Finally, if you are attempting to re-position the transmitter, make sure to switch the collar off and only reactivate it once the transmitter has been installed in its new location and programmed as necessary.

Why Does My Dog Receive a Correction When Placed Inside His Metal Crate?

To answer this, you need to understand how wireless dog fences an receiver collars work. The transmitter emits a signal at a certain range (containment area), which is intercepted by the receiver collar. If and when the collar stops intercepting the signal (i.e. when it leaves the containment area), a correction is delivered.

What this means is that anything which may cause the collar to lose track of the signal will also cause a static correction to be delivered. And this answers your question: depending on the design of your dog’s metal crate, it might be completely blocking any signals emitted by the transmitter, which from the receiver’s “point of view” is the equivalent of the dog having left the containment area. So a correction will be delivered.

Solution: always take the receiver collar off your dog’s neck when putting it in a metal crate.

The Boundary Of The Wireless Fence is Unstable. What To Do?

This is normal and to be expected of all wireless dog fences. Depending on the model you have, the fluctuation in boundary stability might be as low as half a foot and as big as 10 feet. Currently, the wireless fence with the least boundary instabilities available on the market is the Havahart Radial 2.

Keep in mind that boundary instabilities can be significantly larger than we specified above if a lot of objects interfering with the transmitter signals are introduced to your environment. Refer to our article on signal interference for a thorough understanding of the subject.

Why Does My Dog Receive a Correction In The Middle of The Yard?

It’s most likely for the exact same reason why the collar might correct your dog when placed inside a metal crate, as answered above. Simply put – anything that causes the collar to lose the signal emitted by the transmitter, will cause the collar to apply a correction. With that in mind, here are a few reasons why a correction might be delivered in the middle of the yard:

  • A certain large metal object momentarily blocked the transmitter, shutting down all signal emission.
  • The path (in a straight line) between the transmitter and your dog might have been momentarily blocked by something that interferes with the signal (a car/truck, for example).
  • Additionally, your dog could be standing with his backside beyond the boundary, though his neck is still within the Pet Zone. Your dog could then do a 90 degree turn and suddenly the collar will be located outside of the safe zone, causing it to deliver a correction.

Why Is My Dog Not Willing To Leave The House?

This will happen if your dog has been over-stressed during his training or even after it, as a result of the correction being delivered by the collar. Here is what you can do to solve this problem:

  • Lower the correction setting level by 1 or 2 and see if it helps.
  • If the problem occurs while training your dog, shorten the length of your training sessions, and/or reduce the number of daily sessions, and/or increase playtime duration both before and after each training session.
  • Spend some extra time playing and having fun with your pet in the yard to remind him how much exciting it is to be out there.

If you are having any other problems that we have not listed in this guide, please send us an e-mail. We will get back to you with a suggestion and also include an answer to your question within this guide. Thanks and have fun!

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  1. The red light on my petsafe wireless base is flashing and the collar is not receiving a signal. I have turned the unit off and back on again with the same results.

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