PetSafe Standard Dog Fence
The PetSafe Standard Dog Fence is one of the most affordable dog fence system to safely and reliably contain your dog inside your property. It is very easy to install and is best for dogs from 3.6kgs and up.
It has the capability of covering up to 10 Acres which is more than enough for most home owners. It features a wire break alarm and adjustable signal range and can support as many receiver collars as you need if you have several dogs in your property.
Why get the PetSafe Standard Dog Fence Kit?
THE DOG FENCE TRANSMITTER
- • Very Quick and Easy to Install
- • Reliable & Consistent Containment System
- • For Small to Medium Dogs
- • Boundary Coverage of up to 10 Acres (1 Acre = 350m of Wire – 150m Included)
- • Wire Break Alarm to Inform you of a Broken Boundary
- • Adjustable Signal Range
- • Supports Multiple Receiver Collars
THE RECEIVER COLLAR
- • Waterproof & Submersible
- • 4 Programmable Levels of Hrmless Static Stimulation
- • Tone-Only Mode for Easier Training
- • Lightweight & Compact for your Dog’s Comfort
- • Uses Replaceable PetSafe Battery (RFA-67)
- • Adjustable Collar Strap for a Snug Fit
- • Add as Many Receiver Collars as you need
The Complete PetSafe Standard Dog Fence Kit
The Standard Dog Fence Kit comes complete with everything you need to start installing it on your property. We include an installation guide and a step-by-step training guide for owners who prefer installing the systems themselves.
It’s very easy and quick to install and will not take you the whole day if you have a bit of DIY skills. However, we also have a 7-day helpline to support and help you with anything you need to install your standard in-ground dog fence system.
The installation is as easy as figuring out how it works at a small scale by using the test light on the receiver collar and the test loop on the transmitter. Once you know how it works, simply plan out your boundary area and lay down the wire or hang it on your existing physical fence.
Attach both ends of the wire to the transmitter to complete the loop, select your signal width, programme the receiver collar on the lowest correction level (for better training) and strap on the receiver collar on your dog. If you need further assistance, call us at 1 300 843 364.
What comes in the Standard Dog Fence kit?
- • PetSafe In-Ground Standard Dog Fence Transmitter
- • PetSafe Deluxe Ultralight Standard Receiver Collar (PUL-250)
- • PetSafe RFA-67 Battery
- • 150m of Dog Fence Wire
- • 50 Training Flags
- • Owner’s Manual
- • Installation Guide
- • Step-by-Step Training Guide
The PetSafe Standard Dog Fence Transmitter
The PetSafe In-Ground Standard Dog Fence Transmitter has the capability of covering up to 10 acres which should be enough for most properties.
In order for the transmitter to work properly, the dog fence wire must be setup as a loop around your property and back to the transmitter which will direct the signal outwards from the wire.
The width or range of the signal can be adjusted on the transmitter so you can manipulate how far or how near your dog can walk by the boundary.
The transmitter is equipped with a wire break alarm which instantly alerts you if your boundary wire is broken. This is an essential feature that allows you to secure your dog before he is able to escape your property. Fixing the broken wire is as easy as setting it up.
This electric dog fence kit is a very reliable system for your dog that offers peace of mind for you and optimum freedom for your dog. If you have more than 1 dog in the house, the system can support as many receiver collars as you need without any additional tweaking to the system; simply strap on the extra collar to the rest of your dogs and you’re good to go.
- • Easy and Quick Installation
- • Reliable Dog Fence System
- • For Small to Medium Dogs
- • Boundary Coverage of up to 10 Acres (1 Acre = 350m of Wire – 150m Included)
- • Wire Break Alarm
- • Adjustable Signal Width
- • Supports as many Receiver Collars as you need
IN DETAIL WITH THE DOG FENCE TRANSMITTER
EASY AND QUICK INSTALLATION
The kit comes with everything you need to start installing the system including an Installation Guide and Step-by-Step Training Guide for training your dog. We have a 7-day helpline ready to support you if you need help.
RELIABLE DOG FENCE SYSTEM
The PetSafe Standard Dog Fence may be simple and at the cheaper side but that doesn’t mean its low quality. This simply means it’s somewhat of an entry level kit. The system is still as reliable as other kits and very consistent in picking up the receiver collar to contain your dog safely.
FOR SMALL TO MEDIUM DOGS
The kit is designed to contain small to medium dogs with fair temperament. It is not recommended to use this in certain situations such as containing a stubborn, more determined dog. It is very consistent and reliable as long as proper training has been followed and performed.
BOUNDARY COVERAGE OF UP TO 10 ACRES
To fit most homes in Australia, the transmitter can cover a maximum of 10 acres with additional dog fence wire.
WIRE BREAK ALARM
The included wire break alarm will activeate and notify you immediately once your boundary wire has been broken to ensure your dog’s safety. This will enable you to secure your dog inside your house while you locate and fix the broken wire.
ADJUSTABLE SIGNAL WIDTH SETTING
The transmitter is equipped with a signal adjuster so you can easily select the distance of the signal coming from the wire and improve your dog’s security by increasing the radio signal your dogs reciever collar can detect.
SUPPORTS AS MANY RECEIVER COLLARS AS YOU NEED
Many people own more than one dog and would like to safely contain them all. You do not need to buy another fence for your other dog. Simply get an extra receiver collar and strap it to your dog without the need of any adjustment or programming on your existing dog fence system.
The PetSafe Deluxe Ultralight PUL-250 Receiver Collar
The PetSafe Standard Dog Fence Kit comes with the PetSafe Ultralight Deluxe Receiver Collar designed for small to medium dogs. It features a 4 programmable harmless static correction levels which is perfect for containment of most dogs, safely inside your yard.
The Receiver Collar is completely waterproof so if you have a pool, you do not need to worry about your dog jumping into or accidentally dunking it into his water bowl.
The receiver collar help contain your dog by delivering a warning beep and then a static stimulation whenever it detects the signal coming from the boundary wires that you’ve already laid down around your property.
With proper training, your dog will be able to associate the stimulation to going near the boundary. This will teach your dog that he/she is not allowed to exit your property with the receiver collar on. This will certainly give you peace of mind.
- • Waterproof & Submersible Receiver Collar
- • 4 Programmable Static Correction levels
- • Tone-Only Mode for easy training
- • Lightweight & Compact Casing
- • Uses Replaceable PetSafe Battery (RFA-67)
- • Adjustable Collar Strap for a Perfect Fit
- • Add as Many Receiver Collars as you want
IN DEPTH WITH THE ULTRALIGHT PUL-250 RECEIVER COLLAR
WATERPROOF & SUBMERSIBLE RECEIVER COLLAR
If you have a dog that loves water and often dives into your pool, or if your dog likes to splash around in the water when it’s raining, it won’t cost you another collar. The receiver collar is completely waterproof and submersible to protect itself from water damage.
LIGHTWEIGHT & COMPACT CASING
At only 150g, the receiver collar is very lightweight which should be comfortable for your dog. It's small and compact so it isn’t uncomfortable when you leave it on your dog’s neck for hours.
USES REPLACEABLE PETSAFE BATTERY (RFA-67)
The PUL 250 Deluxe Ultralight Receiver Collar uses the RFA-67 replaceable battery from PetSafe. Its special design helps with waterproofing the receiver collar.
ADJUSTABLE COLLAR STRAP FOR A PERFECT FIT
The collar strap included with the receiver is fully adjustable to ensure a comfortable and snug fit on your dog’s neck. It is necessary that the collar is fitted properly so it can deliver the stimulation effectively.
ADD AS MANY RECEIVER COLLARS AS YOU NEED
If you have several dogs that you want contained in your property, simply get extra collars for them. The system can take as many receivers collars as you may need.
PetSafe Standard In-Ground Dog Fence Manual
Easy Way of Installing Your System
The Standard Pet Containment System is simple and easy to use. Simply follow these 8 easy steps. Additional details can be found on the following pages.
1 Fence Layout
Design your fence according to the layout you have in mind. Sample layouts are available under "Laying out the System" manual.
2 Finding a good location for mounting the Fence Transmitter
A good location is a dry and stable wall. A mounting template is found at the back cover of this manual.
3 Laying the boundary Wire
Lay the boundary wire following your layout. Do not bury the wires yet; just lay them on the ground and then insert stripped wire ends into wire terminals of the transmitter so you can check if it is working.
4 Inserting battery in the Receiver Collar
To insert the battery, use a coin to turn the knob clockwise until the battery arrow is aligned with the small arrow on the side of the case. Once it is aligned; press the battery down into the compartment. To close, turn knob clockwise until the knob stops turning. The battery arrow should now be aligned with the lock symbol.
5 Testing the Collar
Turn the transmitter on to test the device. Without touching the contact points; hold the receiver collar at knee level while approaching the boundary wire. The receiver should beep to indicate the system is working. Test the system by continuing to approach the boundary wire. Move the receiver around the entire layout. The recommended initial distance is about five feet between the boundary wire and the receiver. Adjustments can be done through transmitter.
6 Burying the Wire and Placing the Flags
Once you are sure that the device is working; you can now bury the wire. Bury the boundary wire one to three inches deep into the soil. You can use a blunt tool like a paint stick to push the wire into the ground. Be careful not to push it too hard that you will break the wire. Place flags in the ground near the boundary where the warning beep of the receiver is activated.
This system kit includes:
• Transmitter with AC adapter
• Wire nuts
• 50 Boundary Flags
• 500 feet Boundary Wire
• Operations manual
• Training Video
• UL-250 Receiver with medium and long contact points
• Test Light Kit
You may also use the following extra items:
• Phillips head screwdriver
• Straight edged spade or a lawn edger
• Wire stripping pliers
• Electrical tape
• Waterproofing compound (e.g. silicone caulk)
• Patching compound for your type of driveway or sidewalk
• PVC pipe if crossing a gravel or dirt driveway, pond or lake
• Pencil, Ruler or Protractor
• Drill with drill bit or masonry bit if drilling through wood or concrete
• Additional Boundary Wire
HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS
There are three (3) primary components for the Pet Containment System: FENCE TRANSMITTER, RECEIVER, and BOUNDARY WIRE (antenna).
This is designed to operate with a boundary wire up to 4000 feet or 25 acres, and plugs into any standard outlet, emitting a very low frequency radio signal. The magnetic field generated is carried by the boundary wire which serves as an antenna. Use the transmitter control knob to adjust the frequency of the magnetic field (i.e. the distance from the boundary wire to activate the receiver) from a few feet up to a distance of thirty feet.
Receiver with Collar
The UL-250 Receiver detects and translates the magnetic field carried by the containment boundary wire to deliver a static correction. This static correction flows through the dog’s neck from 2 contact points on the collar.
Different sets of contact points can be used for different breeds depending on the dog’s coat. Longer contact points may be used for breeds with longer hair and thick coating.
Receiver is collar mounted on a polypropylene material with waterproof casing. Collar is also designed to fit breeds with neck sizes from 9 up to 22 inches.
Basic Planning Tips:
• Always make sure that boundary wire layout will make a continuous loop back to the transmitter.
• Sample layouts and diagrams below are provided to best suit the design for your yard.
• Avoid layouts with sharp corners to avoid signal distortion. Layout must have rounded corners from your boundary wire.
• To contain your pet to one side of your home, you may use a double loop layout for your design. Ref: Fence front yard only below.
• The wire in a double loop layout must always be spaced three to five feet apart to avoid cancelling the signal.
• The transmitter usually emits a signal from approximately two to thirty feet on either side of the boundary wire. Always make sure to leave enough area so that your dog can move around freely within the safe boundary.
Locate the Transmitter
• Remember to always Place the transmitter INDOOR and near an electrical outlet. Caution: Transmitter is not waterproof.
• Best to install the transmitter at least three feet from objects made of metal such as breaker boxes, water heaters, metal garage doors, or washer in/or dryer.
• A mounting template is provided on the back cover of this manual for you to secure the transmitter within a stationary area.
• Precautions include installing the transmitter without wire twists that may be cut off or pinched by a window, door or garage door.
• The transmitter must be installed only in buildings that meet state safety and local electrical codes, to prevent fires and electrical hazards.
• Always make sure there are no electrical wires, nails or screws inside a wall when drilling is necessary.
Layout the Boundary Wire
• Lay the boundary wire along your proposed area on the yard and connect t it to the transmitter.
• Do not layout boundary wire parallel to electrical wires, telephone wires, television cables or antenna, or near satellite dishes as this will result in signal interference. If you must cross, do so at 90 degree angles.
• Avoid twisting the boundary wires to avoid loss of signal in a specific area. This will allow your pet to run over this area. Making at least ten twists per foot to cancel the signal in the twisted wires will enable the current to flow to the opposite direction.
Connecting Wire to the Transmitter
• Peel off the ends of the boundary wire approximately 1/2 inch.
• Connect the boundary wire to the boundary wire terminals.
• Turning the Boundary Width Control to the number 10 setting will set the boundary warning zone at the maximum width. The smaller the number setting, the more narrow the boundary warning zone will be.
• Plug the AC power adapter into the power jack on the transmitter and into an electrical outlet.
• Check if the power indicator is lit and loop connection indicator lights are on.
Splicing the Wire
If more than 500 feet of wire i s needed , splice the wire together using wire nuts.
Make a reference for all location of splices on the layout. This can be useful reference as most oof wire breaks occur near or at the splices.
Start by peeling off the ends of the wires to be spliced. Then insert the stripped ends into the wire nut and twist. Make a strong splice connection by pulling the wires in opposite directions after splicing. Use silicone caulk for waterproofing in and around the wire nut. After the silicone caulk has dried , you may now wrap the wires and the wire nuts with electrical tape to prevent them from pulling loose and to protect from moisture. A secure connection is needed to ensure your system will not fail. Best to check all splices and connections are tight and secured.
Test the Boundary
• Turn the transmitter on without touching the contact points, come closer to the boundary wire while holding the receiver at knee level. Wait for the receiver to beep; once it does it means the system is ready to be tested. If it does not beep; there may have a wire break. Refer to “Locating the Break in the Wire" section for more details on wire breaks. Continue to approach the boundary wire with the receiver around the entire layout. The ideal distance between the boundary wire and the receiver is atleast five feet; distance can be adjusted through transmitter.
• Check the safe areas for your pet within the boundary. If pet is in the safe area; there will be no beeps.
Burying the Wire
• Make a trench by digging one to three inches deep along your previously planned boundary. It is recommended that the wire is buried to prevent damage to the wire and even to the transmitter. It is also recommend so as to avoid possible injuries of people from tripping over the exposed wire.
• Be sure to keep the wire not too tight; let some slack or allowance in the wire as it will expand and contract with temperature changes in the future.
• In pushing or burying the wire on the soil, use a blunt tool like a wooden paint stick so as not to damage the wire.
Crossing hard surfaces:
• You can use a circular saw with a masonry blade to create a groove if you need to bury/lay the wire in hard surfaces.
• Place the wire in the groove that you have created and cover with any patching compound. Patching compounds may vary depending on the surface you are covering; check with your local hardware for what is best to use. Always clean the area before patching or caulking.
Set the Boundary Width
The ABC Boundary Control Switch on the side of the transmitter has 3 settings to choose from. You can choose the setting that matches your area and wire. Below is a table indicating the setting suggested according to the lenght of wire.
Amount of Wire
Greater than 2400 feet
Up to 1300 feet
Note: You may also adjust the ABC Boundary Control Switch to another setting depending on your desired range.
Set the boundary for your yard by turning the Boundary Width Control at a width that is best for you and your pet. The initial width will be the warning tone. It is recommended that it is set at least five feet from the boundary wire. You also need to balance the the warning zone area versus “safe zone” area. That way, you allow enough freedom of movement for your dog. Note that the Boundary Width Control is not the gauge for the strength of the correction. It is simply the gauge for the width or area to control.
Test your warning zone boundaries by walking toward the boundary wire. Befor you do this, make sure there is battery on the receiver. As soon as you hear the beep, place a boundary flag in the ground.
Adjust boundary width to allow an adequate "safe zone" for your pet.
Testing the receiver
Put the test light on the receiver and walk toward the boundary wire until you see the test light flash. The test light will flash to indicate that the receiver and the system are working properly. After testing the receiver; you may remove the test light.
If during the testing period the test light did not flash, refer to “Tips from the Experts” section to determine why your is not functioning.
Putting the Receiver Collar on Your Dog
When putting the receiver collar on your dog’s neck, make sure the two contact points are touching your dog’s skin. If your dog’s hair is too thick; it might keep the contact points from touching your dog’s skin so you might need trim it down or use the longer contact points that are supplied with your system.
Note: The ideal fit of the collar is atleast one finger between the contact points and your pet’s skin.
Attention: So that the product will be effective, safe and comfortable; please ensure the following measures:
• Do not use the training device without direct supervision on the first two days of training.
• Check the one finger distance from the contact points to your pet’s skin; this check is to prevent excessive pressure
• Examine the skin daily for any signs of a rash or sore.
• If a rash or sore is observed, immediately discontinue use until the irritation is gone.
• If the rash/sore persist beyond 48 hours, consult a veterinarian.
• Dog’s neck and the contact points must be washed weekly using a wash cloth and mild hand soap. It must also be rinsed thoroughly.
Pressure Necrosis, a condition which is the devitalization of the skin due to excessive and prolonged contact against the contact points, may occur if the steps above are not ensured.
Receiver Collar Tips from our Experts
Receiver does not respond when it nears the boundary wire
• The two indicator lights on the transmitter must light up
• The batteries should be checked
• Verify if receiver is activated by using the test light
Pet is not getting a correction
• Check if the contact points are touching pet’s neck
• Trim hair on the neck area if needed
• If contact is really difficult with dog’s hair; use longer contact points
Pet is ignoring the correction
• The battery might be weak. If the battery is weak; it may not be able to give the desired correction.
• Try increasing the boundary width
• Repeat the training process; your dog might have forgotten the association of the correction and the boundaries
You will know that there is interference when the signal strength is different in other sections of the wire
• There may be a metal object near the transmitter or boundary wire. These metals need to be removed or the wires relocated away from them.
• You might be operating in an area with a similar system; so it’s causing the interference. You may change your sytem to something that operates at a different radio frequency.
Points to remember
• The correction will cause your dog to pay attention or be startled but will definitely not harm him.
• The device can be used for Multiple dogs for as long as each dog has its own receiver collar.
• Test if the batteries of the receiver is still working; you can do it every three to six months. Battery life depends upon how often your dog activates the receiver by nearing the boundaries.
• If both power and loop indicator lights are on; the problem is not the transmitter then.
• If the power indicator light is on and the loop indicator light is off, do the “Short Loop Test” to determine if transmitter is functioning properly.
• If transmitter is ok, then you may have a break in your boundary wire. Do the “Locating the Break in the Wire”.
• If both the power and loop indicator lights are off, then power source is the issue.
• Transmitter must be installed in a dry location for it is not waterproof.
• The wire is buried so it will not be run over or cut by accident. If you should be grass cutting or using a weed eater; exercise caution so the wire won’t be damaged.
• This device is to be used only for healthy pets. If your pet has health issues; consult your vet first.
• This system is not intended to train vicious or aggressive pets. If believe your pet may pose a threat to others, or that your pet can not be trusted to respect boundaries; DO NOT USE THIS SYSTEM.
• The Radio Fence is intended for residential use only.
Short Loop Test
The Short Loop Test is used to determine if the transmitter is functioning properly.
• To perform a short loop test; disconnectithe boundary wire.
• Once completely disconnected, cut approximately 10 feet of boundary wire and connect it to the Boundary Wire Terminals. Set
Boundary Control Switch to “B.”
• Spread the wire out so that it forms a loop.
• Turn the Boundary Width Control clockwise til it reaches Setting 10
If the Loop Indicator Light did
illuminate, your transmitter may not be functioning
• Disconnect one end of the loop from the Boundary Wire
Terminal. If the loop indicator light was on and did not go
off, refer to the Warranty Repair section.
• If the fence transmitter was functioning properly as you went
through the steps above, but the Loop Indicator Light still
did not come on when you reconnected the boundary wires,
then you may have a break in your wire.
Locating the Break in the Wire
To determine if you have wire breaks;
1. Check your layout. Check the location of splices and make sure they have a good solid connection.
2. Check for possible wire damages.
If you cannot locate the wire break;
Follow the procedures below:
A.) Connect the two ends of your twisted boundary wire to one Boundary Terminal on the transmitter.
B.) Measure and cut a new piece of wire the same with the length of your boundary.
C.) Cut the boundary at the middle half.
D.) Now, connect one end of the newly cut wire to the second Boundary Terminal located on the transmitter.
E.) Connect the other half of the newly cut wire to where you cut it in half.
F.) Plug in your AC adapter and check the loop indicator light. Test the system with the receiver collar if the indicator light turns on. You can assume the break is in the other half of the boundary wire if the light turned on with the receiver collar end.
G.) If the indicator light did not illuminate, there may be a break within a protion of the boundary wire. There may not be only one break in the wire; continue to portion the wire until you determine which parts have breaks. Unplug the Adapter when cutting wires
H.) You can narrow down where the break is by repeating Steps C-G over the wire portions. When you cut another section of wire, be sure to splice the first cut you make and seal it with silicone.
I.) Once you have determined the wire breaks; you must replace the damaged wire with new wires. Note: Use only Pet Containment System wire. Plug in the AC adapter during testing.
J.) Also check using the indicator light the part with the receiver collar.
Do not let your pet run free without wearing the receiver during the training process. So as not to confuse him; you have to be consistent with the whole training process. First phase of the training process is CONDITIONING. Keep the dog on leash during the first week. Do not allow your pet to go across the boundary line even with a leash. Although you will be able to take him out of the boundary using a leash once he is done with the training. But as for training phase, if he ever needs to leave the yard, you need to initially do it by having him ride a car or by carrying him over to the other side of the signal field. Before you let him cross the boundary; make sure to remove his collar so he does not get corrected as he crosses over.
So your pet gets comfortable with the contact points on his neck, you need to remove the receiver after each training session during the first week. After that, remove the receiver collar every night. Soon; he will be able to comfortable wear the receiver all the time. It may take some time though for his skin to develop a tolerance to the contact points.
The purpose of the training flag isfirst, to give your pet a “visual boundary” and secondly to help you with the training. The flags are placed where the warning beep is first felt. The flags will remain in the yard for about two weeks. The dog will soon to associate the location of the flag with the warning tone. Ideally after two weeks the dog will already know that he needs to avoid the flags; then the flags can be removed one by one until they are all out of the yard.
Training should be fun, fair, firm, and consistent always. Make an effort to make each session short so as not to make your dog bored and cranky. Keep sessions upbeat as much as possible. Many dogs have extremely short attention spans but eventually they will learn.
Phase-1 Day 1______ Day 2______ Day 3______
During phase 1, you will need a leash. To attach a leash, use a non-metallic flat or slip collar and place it above the receiver collar. You cannot attach the leash on the receiver collar itself as it may cause pressure ont the collar and will make the contact points press his neck. The collar where you attach the leash is placed higher so that the leash will not cause pulling on the contact points and injure your dog’s neck. Always turn the receiver collar off when placing the it on dog’s neck. This is to avoid unnecessary correction. First part of training is teaching your pet to acknowledge the flags. Walk with your pet within the safe area of the yard. Be calm; pet him and talk to him. Afterwhich, slowly proceed toward the training flags. Right before your pet’s head reaches the flags, give your pet a quick horizontal or downward “jerk and release” on the leash. Then pull your pet back about 15 feet back into the safe area and give him verbal praise him afterwards. (“Good Dog!)
The “jerk and release” is the only negative reinforcement your pet needs for this training; no need for verbal reprimand. You can also tailor the correction you give according to your pet’s personality, temperament, size and breed.
An ideal training session should only last about 10 to 15 minutes. Train in different places in the yard; going for the flags and doing the jerk and release motion each time you near a flag. You should see your pet begin to avoid the flags on his own. This only shows that he is learning. Make sure to balance the activities in the safe areas of the yard. You can play with your pet in the safe areas to show him that there are safe places in the yard that he can stay in. Allowing your pet this opportunity will make him feel secure that he will be safe inside and also make him hesitant about going outside.
Always keep him on a leash, even when he needs to cross the boundary to pee or poop.
Note: Some dogs are able to understand relatively quicker than others. So before proceeding to Phase 2, make sure that your dog is happy with the training; not too constricted or stiffened that he is not able to run and play in the yard. The ideal disposition is that the dog should enjoy the safe areas while avoiding the flags. Do not move on to Phase 2 if you are not yet satisfied with dog’s disposition. You can spend an extra day or two on Phase 1 if needed.
Phase-2 Day 4______ Day 5______ Day 6______
During Phase 2 of the training; your pet will still be on the leash. This time; the transmitter will be on and your will start to experience the corrections. In the same way as with Phase 1, walk your pet within the safe area of the yard; pet him and praise him. Then allow your pet to proceed towards the training flags. As your pet nears the signal area, he will be experiencing an uncomfortable, but harmless, static correction. At first; this may be a startling experience; so expect him to jump, stiffen a bit or yelp. This is normal. Be ready to quickly pull your dog back to the safe area of the yard so he can stop receiving the correction. Once you have pulled him back; smile and praise him warmly (“Terrific Dog!”). Then to ease him; play or pet him in the safe area and do not allow him to run away. Never pull or entice your pet into the signal field as he may get confused. Allow him to decide whether to enter the field or stay within the safe area. Let him be responsible of the consequences of his actions.
During the Phase 2 of training; You are going to incorporate set-ups that will help keep your dog updated with the different schemes. So; you are to set-up a situation that would entice your pet to leave the yard and cross over the boundary or go to the warning areas. The set up scenario may be a family member seen by the dog crossing over the boundary, or it can be another pet outside the safe zone. These tempting situations will teach your pet keep himself safe no matter what the situation is.
So you have not yet tested your dog under extremely exciting situations where your pet will have a heightened level of desire that he totally forgets his limits. For training to be effective; it must be tested on different levels of stimulus. You may begin this high-distraction training by having a family member walk out of the safe area within dog’s sight. Remember that during this phase; your pet is still on a leash and with his receiver/collar around his neck. Even if you have to set up this higly enticing situation; always remember that you can not call your dog to go out of the boundary! Just let him exercise his discretion whether or not to follow the family member. If he follows the family member; he will get corrected; if he does not follow; you can praise him warmly. That means he is keeping the boundaries in mind. Again, allow your pet to respond naturally to the correction then quickly move him back into the safe area. Do not forget to praise him for following your command to go back to the safe zone. You may repeat the process with other set-up situations that you think will be very enticing to your pet. It can be other pets, a ball, a stick, etc... in various places around the yard where he will be tempted to follow or chase around. It is important that you are able to set up a situation that you know creates a very exciting feeling on your pet. This process in turn will cause your pet to weigh out the consequences of his actions and is crucial in the learning process as a whole.
During the Phase 2 of the training; always ensure that your pet is responding or getting the correction as he enters the warning field. If he does not seem to be feeling the correction; the collar may be too loose.
Phase 3, before you start this phase; be sure your pet is able to happily run and play in the safe area of the yard and consciously avoiding the flags. If you’re not yet confident of his disposition; spend an extra day or two with Phase 2.
Phase-3 Day 7___ Day 8____ Day 9___ Day 10____ Day 11___ Day 12____
Once you have successfully completed Phases 1 & 2 of training, you can be assured that your pet is now ready to be off the leash. Phase 3 of training; although of the leash requires full supervision. Never leave your dog off your site even if you think he is very well acquainted with the flags. Your pet may still have the asscociation of the correction with the leash; so he may think that if he is off leash; he will not get the correction. You have to make him understand that it is the areas that are making him get corrections. So now allow your pet off leash in the safe areas of the yard; allow him to play around and check to see if he is avoiding the flags. If your dog goes to the warning zone; he will be corrected. If he does not go back to the safe area by himself; you may need to fetch him. You may also turn off the transmitter so he can return without receiving a correction (You need to do this especially if the dog is hesitant to go back to the safe area because he is afraid to get corrected again as he crosses over the boundaries)
If your pet continues to cross over the boundaries; see the “Tips from the Experts” section.
After six days direct supervision while training off the leash, you can start leaving him unattended for short periods of time. But it would be better if you can just keep him in sight; just in case something unlikely happens; like he may feel trapped in the warning areas. Then gradually, over the next three weeks, start increasing the time letting your dog off leash unattended.
Note: There may be occasions where the dog will not want to stay in the yard and would rather stay near the house or may even be hesitant to go outside unattended. For some dogs; it may take a few days before your pet is confident to be left in the yard alone. You can help him by personally taking him to the safe area and giveing him his favorite treats, playing with him, and giving him lots of praises and assuring him that it is safe for him to go outside.
Two weeks after your pet can be left unattended and off leash; so you may begin removing the training flags. You can remove every (intervals) other flag each day until all of the flags are removed. Without the flags; you can also try to help your dog go to the safe area each time.
Moving your dog to cross the boundaries
Of course there will be occasions where you need to let your dog cross the boundaries. To do this; first remove the receiver collar. Put your dog on a leash using a flat or slip collar. Then encourage your pet to follow by leading him with the leash. As you walk him out; reassure him and praise him. Most pets will be reluctant at first, but you can show persistency. Don’t allow your pet to to “run or break into the signal field. Teach him it is safe to slowly cross the boundaries only when he is with you and when he is on a leash. Use any release word like “OK” “Come on”. Be consistent and firm and make sure that you two are able to exit the same area each time. Soon enough; your pet will learn the association of the leash with leaving safely.
How to Train a Scared Dog
If your dog becomes scared after receiving his first correction and hesitates to come out from the safe place(off the porch; out of the house, etc.), you may try these PetSafe® Training Systems suggestions:
• When the dog becoming overly fearful; the owner be firm and should not “comfort” or “reassure” the dog as this is a wrong behavior and thus should not be reassured or reinforced in any way.
• Allow the dog to wear the receiver collar in the house or anywhere he will not receive a correction. Verbally praise the dog for being outgoing.
• Place the collar on the dog while in the house and then afterwards; take him out the yard. Use a leash attached on a different collar and place it on the dog as well.
• If you need to; just lightly pull the dog out to the yard. But do not be too hard on the pressure.
• Once the dog is in the yard praise him for his obedience.