all brands and types of electronic pet containment systems include
instructions, often with a video, to assist you in training your
pet to use the system. If you want them to work correctly as designed,
you must take the time to train your pet properly. If you don’t,
and your pet encounters the electronic stimulus or correction without
understanding what it is, he may either refuse to go outdoors (or
to the containment area), or may fearfully find one spot and sit
there motionless, afraid to go anywhere else. Neither is good, of
course. Fortunately, training your pet to use an electronic containment
system is usually very easy, and accomplished within a short time.
There may be some variation in training techniques, but the basic
sure your pet is old enough (at least 6 months) and already knows
and obeys a few commands; such as “sit,” “come,” and “stay.”
– Let him wear the receiver collar for several days to a week before
you try to activate it, so that he gets used to the collar, and
doesn’t associate the correction with the collar, but with the perimeter
of the correction field. Be sure the collar fits snugly without
choking your pet. It has to fit closely or it won’t work right.
– Don’t let your pet wear the collar more than 12 hours at a time,
as the corrective prongs can irritate his skin if left on too long.
– Do use the flags included with the system, especially in the beginning,
as your pet will both need the visual cues to learn, and they will
help you as well in training.
– Keep your pet on the leash the first time he receives corrective
stimulation. On leash, walk him toward the edge of the corrective
zone. When he crosses the edge, pull him out and give the “sit”
and “stay” commands.
– Repeat this at different places around the perimeter of the correction
– Keep training sessions short, maybe 10-15 minutes at a time so
your pet doesn’t become bored or overwhelmed. The best tip is not
to rush your dog, even if your dog is the smartest in the world.
Each dog learns differently.
calm and consistent, reward your pet with a treat when he gets it
right, and he should learn within just a few sessions. However,
bear in mind that while a hidden fence, either wired or wireless,
has many advantages – it doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility
to supervise your pet, especially while he is outside. Also, while
the containment system may keep him in, it won’t keep other animals
or unwanted intruders out. So be sure to keep an eye on your pet,
especially in the first few months after you install your system,
never leave him unattended for long periods of time, and only use
the receiver collar when you are using the system.
that all dogs learn to respond to a containment system at different
rates depending on age, breed, quality of the training, and the
intervals of and between training. Remember too that dogs do not
speak English and they must have simple short phrases or words given
while showing what is expected of them. As with all dog training,
consistency is the key to success. Make it appear as though it’s
a game and fun for your dog and this will speed the learning process.