Testing Your Dog Fence System

Finishing Your Dog Fence Installation


Connecting The Fence

The final step in your dog fence installation is connecting the two ends to the transmitter box. When you attach the ends to the control box you should get a green light letting you know that the fence is up and running with current completing a circuit around your perimeter.

If instead of the green light you get a wire break indication from the control box, don’t panic, your wire beak is most likely at one of the places where you spliced wire together. Go back to these places and check that the joins are sound. If you don’t find the culprit and are still getting the error have a look at our

Troubleshooting Wire Breaks section for tips on finding and fixing a break.

Placing The Training Flags

Once your system is up and functioning properly, you’ll need to plant your training flags. First, set your boundary width. This is generally done on the control box. We advise a width of at least 6 feet (3 on either side of the wire) as a starting point for training dogs. Once your dogs are familiar with and understand the fence you may be able to reduce the width.

Turn on your receiver collar and use the collar to walk the perimeter and find the edge of the boundary. Be careful to keep your fingers off the probes, approach the perimeter with the collar at approximately the height of your dog’s neck. When you hear the warning tone or see the collar flash (depending on the model) you’ve reached the edge of the boundary. Plant your flags 1 to 2 yards apart all along the perimeter at the points where the collar starts beep or flash. These flags will serve as visual markers to help your dog learn the boundary line. Once your dog learns the boundaries you’ll be able to remove the flags. In places (like a driveway) where you cannot plant the flags you can achieve the same results by laying the flags on the ground at the points where you would have planted them.

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