Electric Dog Fence Training – Day One

by Gajan Retnasaba on September 15, 2016

 

Now that your fence is installed it is time to teach your dogs proper responses to electrical and sound stimulation produced by the dog e-collar. Let’s review step-by-step what you need to do the first day after your electric dog fence is fully installed:

Collar Fit

First things first, The electrical dog fence only works because your dog will learn to properly respond to sensorial feedback. Make sure the collar is fully charged if rechargeable or check the batteries if it is battery operated.

Positioning

It is essential that the electric fence training collar is placed high on the dog’s neck, just below the jaw. The receiver box and contact points should be situated under the dog’s head, rather than behind his neck. Placing the receive on the top is a common mistake that can cause your dog a great deal of pain.

Tightness

The stimulation and training collar that comes as part of your fence  should be tight enough that the contact points are constantly touching the dog’s neck. Make certain that the collar does not spin around.  To test proper fit you should be able to fit one finger in between your dog’s neck and the contact points. You should be able to fit two fingers in between the collar band and your dog’s neck. A training collar that is too tight will result in discomfort and potentially injury. One that is too loose will cause the contact points to not deliver the stimulation on a consistent basis.

Contacts

Contact matters. Dog fence training is based in carefully measured stimulation. The tips should always be flushed against the dog’s skin. Contacts come in a variety of lengths if your collar only comes with one set and your dog has long hair ask your dog fence specialist to sell you longer contacts. For a perfect fit consider parting the hair or trimming the coat.

 

Now that we are sure the e-collar fits properly it is time to give our dog or dogs familiarity with the perimeter. The perimeter should be clearly marked with flags.

 

  • Please make sure your dog has a sense of comfort and familiarity with the perimeter flags. at the end of each training session spend about five minutes playing in close proximity to the flags to encourage trust
  • Always celebrate the end of each training session with a positive interaction and a reward
  • Prior to a training session place a non-metallic collar above the training collar and attach a leash. This will give you control as you navigate the perimeter with your dog.
  • Keep treats handy.

Learning Boundaries and Becoming Familiar with Sound Feedback

Consider having three 10 to 15 minute sessions on your first day. The objective of your first day of training is for your dog to understand that flags mean boundaries and grasp the idea that beeps are alerts of proximity which may be followed by static correction.

  • Walk your pet in the pet area and do rounds following the flag-marked perimeter
  • While holding the leash, walk to the flags. When your dog enters the Boundary Zone, the Receiver Collar will begin to beep. Allow your pet to stay in the Boundary Zone for up to 2 seconds, then gently help him back into the Pet Area.
  • Praise your dog once it enters the pet area even if the movement was assisted through pulling the leash. Provide a treat.
  • Repeat this process at the same Boundary Flag until your pet resists entering the boundary. Each session should be focused on an area of the perimeter no bigger than three to four flags.
  • Repeat on each session.

For a full training guide for electric dog fences head here.

 

 

 

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