Setup Step 1: Lay Out the System

Basic Planning

  • The maximum number of Boundary Flags the system can accept to program is 128.
  • The Transmitter must be mounted because any slight change to the position would change the boundary.
  • Prior to mounting the Transmitter, place and test the Transmitter on cardboard boxes or on a non-metallic shelf.
  • Be sure to position the Transmitter so you can read the PetSafe® logo straight on and not sideways.
  • If there is a pre-existing In-Ground containment system, the perimeter wire MUST be totally disconnected from its Fence Transmitter. It's not necessary to remove the wire from the ground.
  • We recommend using Google Earth as a tool to help sketch the layout.

Full Boundary

  • Completely encircles the house. The Transmitter is inside the house.
  • Requires minimum of 40 programmed boundary flags

Partial Boundary

  • Does not completely encircle the Transmitter.
  • Has starting and ending flags located at house corners or up against an outside wall or fence.
  • Requires a minimum of 10 programmed boundary flags.

A partial boundary may be appropriate if:

  • You want to limit the containment area to a smaller portion of the yard, such as the back yard or front yard.
  • You need to avoid running your boundary parallel with buried utilities.
  • Your house is so large that it cannot be completely encircled with a full boundary covering the 90 foot maximum range.

Sample Layouts

Each flag must have a unique radial line to the Fence Transmitter and cannot cross over another flag or block another flag.

Give your pet full access to the yard with this layout.
Requires at least 40 programmed Boundary Flags.

Installation Requirements

  1. Each boundary flag placement must be located between 15 feet and 90 feet from the Transmitter.
  2. Each boundary flag must have a unique radial line to the Transmitter and cannot cross over another flag or block another flag.
  3. When implementing a partial boundary, the first and last boundary flags must be located within 1 foot of the physical boundary, for example the house, fence, outside wall, etc.
  4. Any buried utility line such as power, CATV, phone or metal water line must not run parallel with the boundary unless separated from the boundary by at least 15 feet (1I). Because they are not buried as deeply, CATV or phone lines usually cause more problems than power and water lines. This may require using a partial boundary to avoid this problem.
  5. Always avoid crossing buried utility lines at points far away from the Transmitter. If it is required for the boundary to cross a buried utility line, it should cross at approximately a right angle, and it is preferable that the crossing be as close to the Transmitter as possible, but not closer than the 15 foot minimum.
  6. Do not place the Transmitter on top of any metal surface such as a refrigerator, metal shelf, or metal table.
  7. Do not mount the Transmitter within 5 feet of large metal surfaces such as refrigerators, washer/dryers, metal tables or shelving.
  8. Do not locate the Transmitter closer than 10 feet from water heaters and furnaces.
  9. The Transmitter should not back up to a mirror on the other side of a wall. There needs to be more than 1 foot of separation between the Transmitter and the mirror.
  10. Do not mount the Transmitter within 2 feet of a concrete floor or adjacent to metal HVAC ductwork.
  11. If placing the Transmitter in the garage, mount Transmitter near the ceiling and at least 2 feet above roof of any  vehicle parked in the area. If the Transmitter is within 10 feet of a metal overhead garage door, it needs to be placed above the top of the door, close to the ceiling.
  12. Do not mount the Transmitter near electrical service panel or near main wiring trunks due to the large concentration of house wiring.
  13. Transmitters may be located in basements as long as installation requirements are observed.
  14. For a partial boundary, locate the Transmitter at least 10 feet away from the entry door where your dog will exit home and enter the containment area.
  15. If a successful boundary is not obtained with the first choice Transmitter location, try a second or third location. If a trial location proves to provide a successful boundary, then the Transmitter can be more permanently secured prior to programming a more exact final boundary.

Step 2: Prepare the Receiver Collar