How To Train Your Dog To Your New Containment System

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Congratulations on your new PetSafe containment system! Proper training of your pet is essential to the success of your PetSafe fence. Have fun with your pet throughout the training process. Training should be fun, fair, firm and consistent. While we suggest a minimum of 14 days of training, depending on how your pet learns, the training could take more or less time. Don’t try to do too much too quickly. Train for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. More-frequent short sessions are better than less-frequent longer sessions. If your pet shows signs of stress, slow down the training schedule, add additional days of training, or increase the amount of play time with your pet in the Pet Area.

Common stress signals include:
-Pet pulling on leash toward the house
-Ears tucked
-Tail down
-Body lowered
-Nervous / frantic movement or stiffening of pet’s body

Your pet must be completely comfortable near the Boundary Flags at the end of every training session. To make sure he’s comfortable spend at least 5 minutes of “play time” at the completion of each session within 10 feet of the Boundary Flags. You must also finish each training session on a positive note with lots of praise and play. Even if you think your pet is responding well to the training, complete the entire training. Reinforcement is important!

Day 1 – Boundary Awareness

Tone Only Training Mode
Perform three, 10-15 minutes sessions on the first day of training. The goal of this first training session is to have your pet learn that the Boundary Flags and warning beep from the Receiver Collar define the new Pet Area.

To do this program the Static Correction Level on the Receiver Collar to Level 1, tone only training mode. Put a separate non-metallic collar on your pet’s neck ABOVE the Receiver Collar and attach a leash. Make sure you have tiny pieces of treats that your pet will find desirable available (hot dogs or lunch meat work well), as well as your pet’s favorite play toy.

Training Steps:
Begin by walking your pet on a leash in the Pet Area. Calmly praise and talk to your pet and move toward the Boundary Flags (1A). Be sure to keep your mood happy.

With full control of your pet on a leash walk to the flags. As your pet enters the Boundary Zone, the Receiver Collar will begin to beep (1B). Allow your pet to stay in the Boundary
Zone for up to 2 seconds then gently help him back into the Pet Area (1C). Immediately praise and offer your pet a treat as he enters the Pet Area, even if you have helped with the leash.

Repeat this process at the same Boundary Flag until your pet resists going into the Boundary Zone. Aim to master 3-4 Boundary Flags per session. Be sure to make this FUN!

Days 2 thru 4 – Continue Boundary Awareness

Introduction to Static Correction
Perform three, 10-15 minutes sessions everyday during this phase of training. The goal of this phase is to train your pet to stay in the Pet Area and to respect his boundaries.

To do this program the Static Correction Level on the Receiver Collar to Level 2. Put a separate non-metallic collar on your pet’s neck ABOVE the Receiver Collar and attach a leash. Make sure you have tiny pieces of treats that your pet will find desirable available (hot dogs or lunch meat work well), as well as your pet’s favorite play toy.

Training Steps:
Repeat the steps in Phase One. If your pet does not respond to the Static Correction, confirm that the Receiver Collar is fitting properly.

If the Receiver Collar is fitted properly and your pet does not respond to the Static
Correction, increase the Static Correction Level by 1. Watch for slight reactions at first such as ears up, head turned, looking at the ground. Stay at the same flag until your pet resists going into the Boundary Zone.

Days 5 thru 8 – Distraction Phase
Perform three, 10-15 minutes sessions everyday during this phase of training. The goal of this phase is to train your pet to stay in the Pet Area with distractions outside of the Pet Area.

To do this program the Static Correction Level on the Receiver Collar to Level 2 or higher depending on the reaction results from days 2 thru 4. Put a separate non-metallic collar on your pet’s neck ABOVE the Receiver Collar and attach a leash. Make sure you have tiny pieces of treats that your pet will find desirable available (hot dogs or lunch meat work well), as well as your pet’s favorite play toy.

Create distractions to tempt your pet to enter the Boundary Zone, such as
-Having a family member cross from inside the Pet Area to outside of it.
-Throwing a ball or treat outside of the Pet Area.
-Having a neighbor walk their pet outside of the Pet Area.
Gradually increase distraction level. Never coax or call your pet out of the Pet Area.

Training Steps:
With full control of your pet on a leash, have the distraction presented. If your pet does not move toward the distraction, praise and offer a treat. If your pet does react to the distraction, allow him to go into the Boundary Zone.

Help your pet back into the Pet Area if he does not turn back after 2 seconds. Treat and praise your pet anytime he comes back into the Pet Area with or without help. Repeat this process with other distractions. If your pet does not respond to the Static Correction, confirm that the Receiver Collar is fitting properly. If the Receiver Collar is fitted properly and if your pet does not respond to the Static Correction increase the Static Correction Level by 1.

Days 9 thru 14 – Unleashed Supervision
Training sessions should start at 10-15 minutes, gradually increasing to over an hour. Your pet is ready for this step only when he clearly avoids the entire Boundary Zone, regardless of any distractions or temptations. During this step, do not leave your pet unattended. The goal of this phase is to give your pet free run of the Pet Area off the leash.
Training Steps:
Enter the Pet Area with your pet wearing the Receiver Collar at the appropriate Static Correction Level. Walk around the yard and play with your pet, staying within the Pet Area at all times. Preoccupy yourself with another task in the yard while watching your pet.

Days 15 thru 30 – Pet Monitoring
At this stage your pet is ready to run free! You need to keep an eye on your pal when you let him out, but do not have to be outside with him.
Once you are satisfied that your pal understands his boundaries, begin removing every other Boundary Flag every four days until all the flags are gone. Make sure you put the flags somewhere safe in case you need to use them again in the future to train another pet or to help retrain your pet at a new home or on vacation.

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  4. Dog Fence Kits says:

    I see now where I went wrong in my training is that I stopped training after about 4 days. Your training shows a nice plan for a 2 week training program.

  5. Mandy says:

    I’m having a hard time with my dog not feeling the correction. The collar doesn’t fit right. We tried trimming her hair and puttin on the long posts.

    • Sarah Folmar says:

      Hi Mandy,

      So sorry to hear that you are experiencing any issues with this collar. We would love to talk to you and troubleshoot to see what could be going on. Please call our Customer Care department at 1-800-732-2677 M-F 8a-8p or Saturday 9-5, EST. We hope to hear from you soon!

  6. carol says:

    hi, do you place the flags inside or outside the beep zone

    • Jessica Medlin says:

      Good question, Carol! The boundary flags should be placed right on the border of the beep zone. What you’ll do is walk toward the boundary until the receiver collar beeps and the test light tool illuminates. Then, place a boundary flag in the ground that the location where you hear the beep and see the light of the test tool flash. We’re happy to answer any other questions you might have. Or, if it’s easier, you can also call our Customer Care Center experts with any questions (1-866-738-4379 M-F 8am-8pm EST and Saturdays 9am-5pm EST).

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