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About Electric Dog Fences

Having an electric fence for your dog is the perfect way to give your dog freedom to run, play and exercise at his own will, without worrying about him running away. How does it work?

To create the invisible barrier of your electric fence, you bury a wire around the perimeter of your yard, defining where you want the dog’s boundaries to be. You plug in the transmitter, wherever you choose in your house or garage. The transmitter and the boundary wire communicate with each other about the location of your dog. The system knows when your dog is approaching the boundary, thanks to a special collar that he is wearing. This collar has two metal points attached to it, touching your dog’s neck.

When your dog approaches the boundary you have set with the wire, he will hear a tone to warn him he is approaching the edge. Should he stop going forward, he will not receive a correction. However if he continues on, trying to exit the boundary, he will receive a mild static shock via the contact points on his collar. Your dog is in no way harmed by the shock, just a little surprised.

Training Your Dog

In order for your dog to make the mental connection between the shock and the boundaries of the fence, you will need to do a bit of training with him each day. Training your dog isn’t a difficult task to accomplish. You just need is three sessions that are 15 minutes long, every day for two weeks. What you are trying to do is train your dog that when they hear the tone, they should back away from the fence and not run through it.

To begin training, start by leaving the system on a tone only system. This means that the collar will just beep but will not give your dog a correction. You will be taking your dog outside on a long leash.

Play with your dog in the boundary area for a few minutes. Next, walk toward the perimeter of the fence, where you have placed your boundary flags. Allow your dog to wander over to the flags and their collar will beep. When this happens, tug on the leash and pull your dog back saying “no” several times. After they wander back into the safe area, praise them and reward them with a treat. Find another area of the boundary to try out and do the same process for about 10 minutes. Continue following these steps for the first week.

When week 2 begins, it is time to introduce the static correction to your dog. Set your correction level according to the size and temperament of your dog. Go through the same process as you did before, allowing the dog to try and go over the boundary. When they do get a shock, don’t make a big deal about it. The shock simply becomes the consequence of them trying to go past the boundary.

Before you know it, your dog will recognize where you have set the limits of your yard and they will respect them.