An improperly fitted training collar is the second most common cause of failure in association to dog containment. Today we want to shift our focus from do-it-yourself electric dog fence installation to a topic that matters more that you will ever know. A properly fitted electric training collar starts early in the shopping process when the dog owner selects a collar that makes sense for the specific size, breed and coat of their dog.
Not All E-Collars are Made Equal
When selecting the right electric dog fencing kit consider details such as the weight of the collar, the type of batteries (specialized batteries can be costly, standard batteries may not give you a long-life & rechargeable batteries while convenient require that you stay on top of it). Collars like the PetSafe Yard Max PIG00-11115 have fit ready alerts that let you know when the collar is properly fitted. Other considerations when initially selecting the proper underground dog fence solution & collars for your dog include water resistance and overall design. Dog owners may want a collar that is less bulky and opt for a solution like The PetSafe Ultrasmart PIG00-13619
Collar Fit is Essential
We highly recommend collars with FitReady features to ensure the collar is properly position after each recharge or when getting ready to head outdoors with your dog. The receiver on an electric dog collar should be worn high on the dog’s neck in close proximity to the jaw. The collar should not fit loose. The contact points should go below the head and not on the back. To test if the collar is well-fitted place one finger between the contact points and the collar.
Long Coat Dog? Remember to Change the Prongs
The majority of dog collars come with interchangeable prongs. For a functional and safe fit particularly if you have a long-coat dog you need to make sure you change the contact points. Dogs such as Great Pyrenees, Australian Shepherds, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers & Old English Shepherds require the longer prongs unless they have a summer cut common in working dogs.
Same Fence Two Collars?
Many homeowners looking to install a wired dog fence have more than one dog with significantly different size and training needs. It is important to know that many collars are cross-compatible with other fencing systems. For example is you have a small dog the PetSafe Elite little dog collar will work with the PetSafe Stubborn, PetSafe Deluxe, and PetSafe InGround electric dog fence systems.
Monitoring Fit as Your Dog Grows
As your dog matures you will need to make adjustments to the fit. Additionally if your dog is groomed for hot weather you may need to change the prongs seasonally. The ReadyFit feature is your best friend. Make sure you are paying attention to it as the safety of your dog depends on it. Collars that are too tight may cause pressure necrosis and collars that are ill-fitted will not operate properly